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Certified Green Products Directory
Green products are all the rage these days. But facility executives may have trouble wading through the constant barrage of green-tinted advertising to determine what’s actually a green product and what’s a normal product, marketed as green. One good indication of a product’s greenness is whether it has been certified by an independent, third-party organization. Facility executives can match their criteria — a paint with low VOC emissions, or a roof with a high reflectivity, for example — with the products that have been certified to meet those criteria and be assured they’re getting what they thought they were getting.
The editors of Building Operating Management present the Certified Green Products Directory. We’ve collected the lists of manufacturers from the most recognizable and widely consulted third-party green certification bodies. We hope this directory will provide facility executives with a one-stop-shop, or at least a one-stop-starting point, for dependable, accurate information on green products. Each certification body’s Web site is included for facility executives interested in learning more about a certification’s exact criteria. Also, manufacturers’ Web sites are listed for each manufacturer that has had at least one product certified by the third-party organization under which it is listed. We hope the directory will serve as a valuable resource to help facility executives meet green product goals.
Green Label / Green Label Plus
McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) Cradle-to-Cradle
SCS Environmentally Preferable Product
Greenbuild 2006 — Green Product Education
Green product selection, as a major facet of whole-building green design, is a theme facility executives will easily recognize at this year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual trade show. This year, Greenbuild takes place Nov. 15-17 at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. In addition to the trade show with more than 700 exhibitors, two educational sessions at this year’s Greenbuild provide valuable information about how to select green products.
CSI GreenFormat: A Standard for Evaluating Sustainable Products
Three companies will present their experiences and insights on current and future efforts to build capacity for life-cycle thinking and life-cycle assessment studies. The companies will talk about why they conducted environmental life-cycle studies, what they learned, how they used the knowledge, and what value it generated. They will also describe the resources and skills needed to conduct life-cycle assessments.