CEO Corner

Our Role in the Sustainability Movement: Our Tools and Methods

By Arthur Weissman, Ph.D, Green Seal President/CEO In a previous blog in this series [reference: “Our role in the sustainability movement: the nature of our work”], I made a distinction between the goals of Green Seal’s work and how we try to achieve them. I even objected to our being considered merely as an ecolabeling or certification program, only because this is a tool or method we employ, not the purpose of our work.

Safer, Healthier Facilities

GS-42: LCA-based standard or academic overachiever?

By Kat Danaher, Executive Assistant to the CEO   Green Seal’s standard for Commercial and Institutional Cleaning Services (known to its friends as GS-42*) has come a long way since its launch on an early fall day in 2006. Just six certifications were awarded in the first two years, but by the time it was celebrating its fourth anniversary, that number had soared to fifty-eight. This plucky, ambitious standard was not satisfied to rest on its laurels, however… It yearned for more.

Sustainability in Practice

Resourcefulness is fun.

By Annie Maynard, Program Development Specialist Resourcefulness is fun. Crafting is fun. So let’s combine them in the office: workplace reuse and recycling projects. Every once in a while I like to print things out. It gives me a break from staring at the computer screen. I always default to double-sided printing, but if the print job is one page – that leaves the whole back side free of type when I’m done with it. Recommendation #1: Keep a tray at your desk (or under your desk) of single-sided paper for scrap paper for when you want to jot things down the old-fashioned way. If the bin gets too full, recycle it! OR (here’s where crafting comes in) you can three-hole punch the pile, use cardboard from a cereal box (or other cardboard source), and keychain rings to make a notebook! A much simpler way would be to staple the…

Conscious Consumption

Why “Eco-friendly” is like nails on a chalk board.

By Andrew Beauchamp, Project Coordinator As an environmentally conscious individual who looks to reduce my impact through the goods and services I purchase, I often hear or see the phrase “eco-friendly” in advertisements. Thanks to the new FTC Green Guides, claims like this are no longer allowed to be made on packaging and advertisements. Unfortunately, this won’t mean the phrase will automatically disappear from the American lexicon, and I must continue to endure this irritation. Why is it so annoying to me, you ask? Because no products and services are “friendly” to the environment. Yes, they may not be toxic and may have recyclable or biodegradable packaging, thus having lesser impacts; but their manufacture and use inherently consume resources and have an impact on the environment.

Green Marketing

Our Summer Newsletter

Happy Holidays from Green Seal! To celebrate Independence Day 2013, and a very productive spring, we’ve released our Summer Newsletter. Enjoy the newsletter on our website, download Summer Newsletter, or click individual articles from the list below. Any compliments or questions about these articles? Comment on this blog post. We’d love to hear from you.

CEO Corner

Telling anecdotes from GS history: the mechanic at USPS, and other morale stories

By Arthur Weissman, Ph.D, Green Seal President/CEO “Did we get the Green Seal? Did we get the Green Seal?” Covered with grease from head to toe, the mechanic came running to me from underneath the mail truck he was maintaining. I smiled appreciatively at his interest, but had to tell him that I was just gathering background information in my inspection of his facility. Back in the mid-1990s, when Green Seal branched out to work with Federal agencies and other institutions to help green their operations, we had the opportunity to work with the Southeast Region of the US Postal Service on developing a standard for fleet vehicle maintenance facilities. USPS ran the world’s largest fleet, and their sustainability person realized that they could show leadership by making significant environmental improvements in how they maintained the fleet. I went on several tours of USPS facilities in Florida and Georgia to…