Be Recognized for Your Sustainability Leadership in 2017

By Mark Stanland, Vice President of Client Services

Once again, it’s that time when we talk about how quickly the year has gone. This often proves to be very true as we get busier with the demands of the current business environment. As 2016 comes to an end, here are a few questions I would encourage Green Seal clients to consider: What are you doing to promote your sustainability story? Are you taking full advantage of the resources available to you to market and promote your Green Seal-certified products and services? Green Seal offers tools and programs to make this easier for our clients. Here are three things that can be done in the New Year for a successful 2017. Continue reading “Be Recognized for Your Sustainability Leadership in 2017”

Earth Day with Airlie

By Mac Clevenger, Green Seal’s Marketing & Outreach Associate

This year I had the pleasure of celebrating Earth Day with (and at) one of Green Seal’s certified clients, Airlie. Airlie has been certified to the standard GS-33 Hotels and Lodging Properties since 2004. Certification to the standard GS-33 represents THE highest level of commitment to human and environmental health in the hospitality industry.

Earth Day is near and dear to both Airlie and Green Seal. After first introducing the idea for Earth Day at Airlie, Senator Gaylord Nelson selected Denis Hayes the first CEO and Chair of Green Seal – to organize the very first Earth Day in 1970. Following the success of the first Earth Day, Denis founded the Earth Day Network which eventually propelled the holiday to the international stage in 1990, organizing events in 141 nations. And now, at least according to Denis, Earth Day is “the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year.”

Continue reading “Earth Day with Airlie”

A Window into a Credible Approach to Sustainability

 

At the biggest Earth Day celebration in the world, Earth Day Texas 2016, two sustainability leaders—a nonprofit ecolabel and a windows manufacturer, discussed why consumers rely on them to make smart purchasing decisions. Green Seal’s President & CEO Dr. Arthur Weissman and Renewal by Andersen of Dallas’ General Manager Chris Pound shared the stage on April 23rd in Dallas, Texas and discussed the power of a credible ecolabel. Continue reading “A Window into a Credible Approach to Sustainability”

Presenting the Best Team at AASHE

The theme for the 2015 Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher education (AASHE) Conference & Expo was Transforming Sustainability Education. One well-attended presentation involving Green Seal clients and staff was a panel discussion on “Building the Best Team for a Sustainable Operation”.

The engaging and interactive session provided insights and solutions from four points of view. Steve Gilsdorf, from Western Michigan University (with Green Seal certification for its cleaning service) represented C&U facilities managers. Danny Huffaker of Georgia-Pacific, and Burt Klein of PortionPac Chemical Company represented manufacturers of Green Seal-certified sustainable sanitary paper and cleaning products, respectively. Mark Stanland, Green Seal’s VP of Client Services, represented the third-party ecolabel that awarded their certification. Mac Clevenger, also from Green Seal, moderated the panel.

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The panelists answered questions on whether green procurement guidelines are optimally working for housekeeping staff; how to easily identify the products and procedures that best protect staff, faculty, and student health; how procurement directors can source the best pricing and the most sustainable products; and how to be sure that the products and supplies purchased will meet performance expectations.

Green Seal also exhibited at the AASHE Conference & Expo, and traffic was heavy throughout the 2½-day show with many inquiries from facilities managers, faculty, and students about certified products and cleaning services.

Green Kleening Your Community One Building at a Time

MisterKleen EricKoch headshotBy Eric Koch, Mister Kleen Maintenance Company, Inc. Sales and Marketing Specialist

The cleaning industry certainly has evolved throughout the decades. This is especially true as it relates to the environmental movement, and the push for a healthier atmosphere using greener products, processes, and equipment.

While the 1970’s saw the creation of the EPA and OSHA, along with our very first Earth Day, it wasn’t until years later that we started to hear people talk more about cleaning for a healthier environment — “Cleaning for Health”.

Just Make it Look Clean!

Cleaning for Appearance was the phrase and direction we often received from clients throughout the 1970’s, 80’s and midway through the 90’s. There was no concern on the chemicals being used and the impact this was causing to building tenants and our employees. Our main objective was to make it look clean regardless of the impact these harsh chemicals had.

Flash forward to today and the conversation has changed to use green products to clean without releasing harsh odors that other chemical laden products have. This is what our green cleaning program, known as Green Kleen, is centered on to provide a healthier environment for us all.

Yes, being certified as a green cleaning company to Green Seal’s GS-42 Commercial and Institutional Cleaning Services standard is a differentiator for our company. What many people don’t know, however, is how green cleaning is near and dear to our story. Continue reading “Green Kleening Your Community One Building at a Time”

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City Achieves GOLD!

“Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City is the second hotel in California and fifth nationwide to achieve Gold level certification under the Green Seal GS-33 Standard for Lodging Properties.”

Hotel guests are demanding safer and more sustainable lodging options. And it is because of this commitment of caring for guests and staff that Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City is at the forefront of adopting practices that are more environmentally favorable and better for human health and safety.

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City is the second hotel in California and fifth nationwide to achieve Gold level certification under the Green Seal GS-33 Standard for Lodging Properties. The hotel was first certified in 2010. It is also one of the hotels in the LA Green Lodging Program, a partnership between the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation, The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, and Green Seal.

As a Gold certified property, Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City meets the standard’s rigorous criteria and is raising the bar of leadership– practicing it on a daily basis. Continue reading “Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City Achieves GOLD!”

Insights from Inside the Green Office Partnership Program

This blog post describes the Green Seal Green Office Partnership Program experience from the perspective of a partner organization — the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Green Seal recently honored the IEEE Washington Office as a Green Office Partner for promoting a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable work environment.

The office, serving as IEEE-USA and IEEE Computer Society headquarters, was among 14 in the Washington metropolitan area to receive recognition in The Green Seal Green Office Partnership Program. It was chosen for a workplace sustainability review in September 2014, courtesy of the American Society of Association Executives Foundation, which provided a $500 grant to support the activity.

Green Seal Project Coordinator Ben Walsh toured the national capital workspace with a 45-item checklist, evaluating it against a set of mandatory and optional criteria:

  • Waste reduction & recycling
  • Office supplies
  • IT equipment & management
  • Kitchen & pantry supplies
  • Operational systems
  • Transportation
  • Staff training & education

Continue reading “Insights from Inside the Green Office Partnership Program”

An Earth Day as Big as Texas

Linda retouchedBy Linda Chipperfield, Green Seal VP of Marketing & Communications

I just got back from exhibiting and speaking at Earth Day Texas, April 24th through 26th in Dallas. Touted as the biggest Earth Day event on the planet, it didn’t disappoint. It was a combination green festival, county fair (it was, after all, held at the Texas Fair Grounds), and networking conference with a wide variety of activities for both exhibitors and attendees. The mission of Earth Day Texas is to provide a forum for businesses, non-profits, academic institutions, and government agencies to network and engage the public in environmental topics.

The Cotton Bowl
Home of the Cotton Bowl

Several Green Seal clients were represented and our booth in the Automobile Building sat right between Renewal by Andersen and ServiceMaster Eagle Maintenance Co. Distributor Jan-Pak was close by, represented Clorox, Diversey, and Georgia Pacific, and Harvard University – Division of Continuing Education, a cleaning service client, had a booth in Centennial Hall. Continue reading “An Earth Day as Big as Texas”

The Green Seal Difference – by Hoffmaster

A leadership company based out of Oshkosh, Wisconsin – Hoffmaster – has six #GSCertified paper product – Earth Wise Beverage Napkins, Guest Towels, and more!

They recently produced a quick video to inform their purchasers and supporters about their certified products. Check out more about Hoffmaster, and watch the video below!

For over 65 years Hoffmaster has led the industry in producing the most complete line of specialty disposable tabletop products. With innovation as the cornerstone of our success, Hoffmaster has always been the trend setter – setting the standard for color, fashion, and design excellence – as proven in brands such as Linen-Like, FashnPoint, and CaterWrap.  –

 

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We thank Kathy at Hoffmaster for her fantastic work developing this video, and for time working with Green Seal help to spread the word about Hoffmaster’s environmental leadership products. #Safer #Greener #Healthier #EcoLeadership

Our 25th Anniversary Gala

DSC_2186Green Seal – as a mission-focused nonprofit, rarely draws attention to our accomplishments publicly. We prefer to focus on the companies and services that are achieving and maintaining certification – those who are investing time and money to transform their industries. But this year, our twenty-fifth year, we felt it was time to take a brief moment to celebrate our successes!

Our 25th Anniversary Gala took place on October 8th in Washington, DC. We welcomed our clients, partners, and other sustainability leaders to help us celebrate 4,000 certified products and services, 31 science-based standards, and many other exciting leadership-focused initiatives. The evening was a wild success as you will see below. We greatly thank those who attended, sponsored, and supported this event!

Enjoy few highlights and photos below…

See more photos on our Facebook Page! Videos are coming soon…

DSC_2557-2 Bill Speech DSC_2434-Rachelle BegleyOur Event Hosts: Bill Nye, The Science Guy, and Rachelle Carson-Begley.

 

 

 

 

 

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DSC_2481-2-DenisRemarks by: First CEO of Green Seal and Coordinator of the first Earth Day: Denis Hayes, and Green Seal’s Chair of the Board of Directors Gary Petersen.

 

 

 

DSC_1151- Kate Brandt & MPSpecial Guest and Speaker: Kate Brandt, the Federal Environmental Executive appointed by President Obama spoke briefly on environmental purchasing, while an animated timeline of Green Seal’s 25 years played on the 20-foot screen.

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Honorees:  We presented two categories of awards: Longevity Awards (leadership in the market for 10+ years) including: Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. – for 20+ years with Green Seal-certified products.

For 15+ years with Green Seal-certified products, we awarded: Andersen Corporation, A.V. Olsson Trading Company, Inc., and Trane. And 29 other companies received recognition for ten or more years with Green Seal certifications: 3M, Airlie, Amano Pioneer Eclipse, Aramark  Betco Corp., Buckeye International, Inc., Chemspec, Cleanline Products Inc., CORE Products Company Inc., Ecolab  EnvirOx, LLC, Essential Industries, Inc., Fuller Industries, LLC, Hillyard Inc., IPAX Cleanogel, Inc., National Chemical Laboratories, Inc., NILodor, Inc., Nyco Products Company, Office Depot, Rochester Midland Corp., Sealed Air – Diversey Care, Signal Mountain Lodge, Spartan Chemical Company, Inc.,  Staples, Inc., Stearns Packaging Corp.,  Wausau Paper, WORX Environmental Products Inc.,  Zep Inc.

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Our Outstanding Partners: the Building Wellness Institute, the Healthy Schools Network, and the Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition.

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DSC_2330- Student volunteers group picBILLStudent Guests and Volunteers: Student representatives from the University of Maryland, Georgetown and American University presented posters on their schools’ sustainability efforts.

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Our celebration was supported by an Honorary Host Committee featuring environmental leaders from the worlds of politics, activism and entertainment. The Host Committee included 3 senators, 4 members of congress, sustainability professionals and activists, and actors such as Blythe Danner and Ted Danson.

The Venue: The Newseum in Washington, DC – steps away from the US Capitol Building.

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The Food: Sustainably catered by Wolfgang Puck Restaurants

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Thank you to our sponsors:

Green Seal’s Founder – Rena Shulsky David (Platinum Sponsor)

PortionPac (Gold Sponsor)

Wausau Paper (Silver Sponsor)