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Understanding Green

“Green” Organizations – An Overview

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Green Seal – This is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to safeguard the environment by promoting the use of environmentally responsible products and services. Green Seal Certification ensures that a product meets rigorous, science-based environmental standards. Manufacturing companies pay a fee to have Green Seal evaluate their products and if they meet the standards, receive Certification. Purchasing a Green Seal Certified product says that it has been validated as environmentally preferable by an independent third party with no financial interest in the product or company that produced it. For more information, visit www.greenseal.org .

United States Green Building Council

USGBC – The U.S. Green Building Council is a non-profit organization established in 1993 to promote the design and construction of “green” buildings. Its members include a wide range of professionals from architects to contractors to engineers and governments. It established the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program, to rate green buildings and provide the positive impact on energy conservation, climate change and occupant health. This organization does not validate or certify any specific products. The USGBC logo only indicates membership in an organization that promotes environmental responsibility. Rather through the LEED program, it provides third party certification that your building project is green. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org .

EPA-DfE Logo

DfE – Design for the Environment – This is a voluntary partnership program established by the E.P.A. to integrate health and environmental considerations into everyday business. It is a government program to promote cleaner and safer technologies, processes and materials. Through its partnership programs with industry sectors, it supports the use of “green chemistry” to remove polluting chemicals form the workplace, advance water and energy efficiency and strives to lessen the impact of a product on the environment. A DfE logo means that a review team has screened the product and based on currently available information, find that product to contain only those ingredients that pose the least concern among chemicals in their class. For more information, visit www.epa.gov/dfe .

E.P.A. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established a Comprehensive Procurement Guideline (CPG) as part of its effort to promote the use of materials recovered from solid waste. As part of this program, it has established a recommended recycled-content levels for a variety of products, including toilet tissue, facial tissue and hand towels. As such you may find a paper product that is said to comply with E.P.A. guidelines. This is a voluntary statement from the manufacturer as to its meeting the recycled-content levels in that product. For more information, visit www.epa.gov/cpg .

Ecologo. – Founded in 1988 by the Government of Canada but now recognized world-wide, EcoLogoTM is North America’s largest, most respected environmental standard and certification mark. EcoLogo provides customers – public, corporate and consumer – with assurance that the products and services bearing the logo meet stringent standards of environmental leadership. With THOUSANDS of EcoLogo Certified products, EcoLogo certifies environmental leaders covering a large variety of categories, helping you find and trust the world’s most sustainable products.

The EcoLogo Program is a Type I eco-label, as defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This means that the Program compares products/services with others in the same category, develops rigorous and scientifically relevant criteria that reflect the entire lifecycle of the product, and awards the EcoLogo to those that are verified by an independent third party as complying with the criteria.

The EcoLogo Program is one of two such programs in North America that has been successfully audited by the Global EcoLabelling Network (GEN) as meeting ISO 14024 standards for eco-labelling.