Three years into the EcoAdvantage sustainability program, Jayco Inc. is making strides in meeting its aggressive companywide goals. To help promote Earth Day, the RV manufacturer is announcing its 2013 results from the EcoAdvantage program, which outlines a number of ways to build better RVs using fewer natural resources.

The company reported in a release that through combined efforts between employees, suppliers and community partners, Jayco Inc.’s three operating divisions — Jayco, Starcraft and Entegra Coach — recycled 1,284 tons of wood, 13,221 tons of scrap metal and 1,801 tons of cardboard and paper in 2013. These efforts helped Jayco Inc. conserve:

• Enough gas for Americans to drive more than 845,600 miles.

• Enough electricity to power 1,129 homes for a year.

• Enough landfill airspace to accommodate 42,500 people.

• And enough water to meet the daily fresh water needs of 117,787 Americans.

Through these aggressive efforts, Jayco also saved 59,900 mature trees

Since the program’s launch in 2011, Jayco has met or is close to meeting a number of long-term goals:

• Several production facilities and assembly departments within Jayco Inc., are

• 98% landfill free. Jayco aspires to be 100 percent landfill free by 2015.

The company completed its energy-efficient goal in 2012 — two years early — accomplishing a 40% energy reduction that preserved 67,300,143 kilowatt-hours of energy since the initiative’s launch.

In the fall of 2013, Jayco began partnering with the Middlebury Community School Corp. to maintain a recycling program. Creating awareness about sustainable efforts has been a key goal of the Jayco EcoAdvantage program, the company said.

Jayco continues to produce lighter, more efficient RVs, including the lightweight Jay Feather SLX and the economical Eagle Touring Edition in 2014.

Chairman Wilbur Bontrager noted, “We began this program several years ago to protect the environment where families use our products. It only makes sense that we should strive to be good stewards of the environment. We are committed to meeting our goals and continuing the EcoAdvantage program so that families can continue to enjoy the great outdoors for generations to come.”