SHADES OF GREEN
It is quite confusing to determine what constitutes “green” these days...
- Questions emerge like:
- What criteria do we need to follow?
- What constitutes “green”?
- When are we required to implement these programs?
- Who sets the standards?
In October 1993 President Clinton issued Executive Order 12873, known as Federal Acquisition, Recycling, and Waste Prevention. The purpose of this order was to more effectively utilize the vast purchasing power of the government to procure products that are environmentally preferable. By acting "as an enlightened, environmentally conscious and concerned consumer," the federal government would be able to maximize recycling and encourage development of markets for environmentally friendly products which would benefit the economy and the environment.
In short, Executive Order 12783 required federal agencies to identify and purchase products that had reduced human health and safety impacts, as well as products preferable for the environment.
Nearly 23 years later, we are still fumbling to comprehend the green standard.
There are many agencies that certify products based on their set of criteria.
“Green Seal” is one well-known name. “GS-37” is Green Seal’s environmental standard for cleaning and degreasing agents.
EPA's DfE (Design for the Environment) program uses their chemical assessment tools and expertise to inform substitution to safer chemistries. DfE focuses on industries that combine the potential for chemical risk reduction and improvements in energy efficiency with a strong motivation to make lasting, positive changes.
EcoLogo is another widely recognized and respected certification of environmental leadership. By setting standards and certifying products in more than 120 categories, EcoLogo helps identify, environmentally preferable (“green”) goods and services
Greenstar is an independent not-for-profit organization. Its purpose is to achieve a cleaner, healthier and sustainable world through the identification and promotion of products that are produced and used in an environmentally sound manner.
The CRI, “Carpet & Rug Institute”, also has a certification process.
OS1 is a complete Custodial Operations Management System, which was developed during the past two decades by ManageMen, Inc. ® and the (OS1) Users. Janitor University is a tremendous opportunity to look at everything you've learned through experience and benchmark best practices with some of the best thinkers and practitioners in the cleaning industry.
Please stay "tuned"...
We'll post Part 2 of Shades of Green next week. Understanding LEED's
Our goal at Chemex is to offer products which are superior from an environmental and health & safety perspective.
These are products that:
Will compete with conventional products on both performance and price
Are safer for both the user and the workplace environment
Will clean our world without harming Nature’s balance