**** By Andrew Beauchamp, Project Coordinator It’s my last day at Green Seal after 5 years as an employee and a year as an intern. But have no fear, we have many new staffers to take up the slack. Hopefully, between the 25 of them, they’ll be able to fill my shoes. It’s been a pleasure! Welcome new staffers! New Green Seal Staff: Air Quality Specialist – Les Mog Climate Policy Analyst – Gene Howes-Gasse Climate Policy Analyst II – Celine N. Urgy Director, Clean Water Program – Paul O’Shaun Director, Climate & Clean Air Program – Ivana Carmen Tax Energy Auditor – Tanya Lightov Fertilizer Specialist – U. Topher Kay-Shin Fertilizer Specialist II – Al G. Bloom GHG Specialist – Arie Duction Green Guru – Stan A. Blitty
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.