West earns LEED-Green Associate accreditation

PITTSBURGH, July 6, 2010 – PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) announced that Victor West, CSI, CDT, architectural manager, PPG Pittsburgh Paints, has earned the LEED-Green Associate accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the credentialing affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

James J. Bogdan, PPG manager, green building initiatives, construction market team, said West’s accreditation will strengthen his ability to help design professionals utilize PPG products when pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) or other green building certifications for their projects.

“Victor has more than 35 years of experience in the paint industry,” Bogdan said. “This accreditation demonstrates his commitment not just to helping customers, but to promoting the principles and practices of green building through all his interactions with the building industry.”

In his current position, West serves design professionals throughout Michigan, northwestern Ohio and southeastern Wisconsin. In addition to providing paint expertise, he also helps customers specify environmentally progressive PPG architectural glass and coatings.

West currently serves on the board of directors for the Detroit Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). He also is an industry partner of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) and industry member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Prior to joining PPG in 2006, he worked in the paint manufacturing industry as a laboratory technician, sales representative, account manager and architect manager.

West’s accreditation strengthens PPG’s LEED support network, which provides architects and general contractors with LEED documentation support. Other PPG associates who have earned LEED professional credentials include Deron Patterson, sales development manager, PPG architectural glass, and fellow architect managers Mary Hosley and Bob Schrock.

To learn how PPG architectural glass, coatings and paint can help building projects earn credits toward LEED certification, visit www.ppgideascapes.com or call 1-888-PPG-IDEA (774-4332).

About PPG
PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Founded in 1883, the company serves customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, PPG operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2009 were $12.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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PPG Performance Glazings
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