Pittsburgh-based Liberty Tire Recycling
is taking a hazardous waste product and making it safe for gardens, playgrounds, turf, even underfoot at home.
The largest scrap tire collector and recycler in the nation is the first company in North America to achieve certification from the Greenguard Environmental Institute, an organization that strives to improve public health and air quality through the reduction of chemical exposures.
A Tech 50 finalist, Liberty Tire collects nearly 33 percent of America's scrap tires through a nationwide network of facilities. The tires are then processed, metals and fibers are removed, and the result is a clean rubber product that serves as a decorative layer for gardens and playgrounds or is crumbled for use as welcome or anti-fatigue mats, acoustical underlays and more.
Athletic fields, another popular product, are made from crumb rubber. Liberty Tire has donated 500,000 pounds of rubber to build athletic fields in Iraq.
In other green news, the Women and Girls Foundation has selected 15 "Women Greening Pittsburgh" who will be honored at a fundraiser and gala at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture downtown on Nov. 19. Click here
complete list of the honorees and ticket details. Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, will be the keynote speaker.
Finally, for a third consecutive time, Duquesne University's graduate school of business has been ranked among the world's top business school for preparing MBA graduates for leadership in social, ethical and environmental stewardship. The Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey, administered by the Aspen Institute, ranked the school No. 25 among the top 100 in the world.
Source: Liberty Tire Recycling, The Women and Girls Foundation and Duquesne University