In the News

Making the Headlines – Sept. Edition

Green Seal and our heroes — GS-certified products, services, and hotels — have been mentioned in the news over the past month. Check it out…: Green Seal, With 83 Certified Hotel Properties, Moves Toward GS-33 Update, Green Lodging News By the end of this year, the Green Seal Standard for Lodging Properties, GS-33, will be updated, improving upon a program that was first introduced in 1999. While there have been years when the program has had more than 100 participants, this year GS-33 is still going strong with 83 certified properties at either the Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Eight additional applications are currently in progress. Read more…

Safer, Healthier Facilities

Green Cleaning Your Way to LEED and Beyond

By Marion Stecklow, Executive Director of the Building Wellness Institute Much attention is focused on energy savings in buildings when attempting to achieve sustainability. That is a good thing! LEED certification is certainly the most significant, motivating factor in creating and maintaining sustainable buildings. Although the ROI (Return on Investment) for building or renovating and maintaining a property to LEED standards is significant, the initial investment can be daunting. Nevertheless, the growing market demand and government regulations, coupled with significant energy costs savings, are inspiring building owners to obtain LEED certification for their properties, or at least follow the standards.

CEO Corner

Anecdotes: The Battle Over Third-Party Seals

By Arthur Weissman, Ph.D, Green Seal President/CEO No one today would question the legitimacy of credible third-party environmental certification programs. This was not always the case, not so long ago. When Green Seal and several European ecolabels were starting up two decades and more ago, some large U.S. consumer product companies became alarmed. They protested in many forums and used many arguments to discredit our programs. They said that setting national environmental standards for products was impossible and unscientific because environmental impacts of manufacturing and use vary geographically and are subjective to the purchaser.