GreenCircle Certified, LLC 

 Assuring Accountability in

Today's Evolving Market

Tad Radzinski Called Upon as Industry Leader

Recognized as an industry leader, Tad Radzinski was selected to be a member of the Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) Board of Directors. The SAC is tasked with providing high-level strategic guidance to the Board and senior leadership on the overall direction and activities of the Council. Utilizing his years of applied experience, Tad will serve with others as an expert advisor to the SPLC in its mission to leverage institutional purchasing to advance the sustainable economy. Learn more about the SPLC and the Strategic Advisory Committee here.

 

Tad will also speak at Sustainatopia in Miami, FL on April 17th as part of a session panel titled Who Decides What is Sustainable?. The panel will discuss credibility in sustainability and how to achieve it. This program will focus on identifying and using credible ratings, scorecards, ecolabels, etc. to develop trusted transparency.

GreenCircle Certifications Offered:

Certified Energy Savings

 

Carbon Footprint Reduction

 

Closed Loop Product

 

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Optimized

  

Recyclable Material

 

Recycled Content

 

Renewable Energy Use

 

Renewable Resource Content 

 

Sustainable Biodiesel Certification

 

Sustainable Manufacturing Operations

 

Waste Diversion from Landfill 

 

Certified Environmental Facts  

(Multi-Attribute) 

 

Health Product Declaration Verification

Prominent Corporations Realize Competitive Advantage with GreenCircle

    

In this issue:
 
 
In an increasingly resource constrained economy, and in response to rising consumer demand for responsible material management, forward-thinking companies are recognizing the value in production efficiency and waste diversion. Waste diversion not only improves bottom-line performance for manufacturers, but can also boost sales through effective communication of these initiatives. One organization which is setting the standard for waste diversion is Merck & Co., Inc. Read more...
  

Third-Party Certification Strengthens ASSA ABLOY's Position as Sustainable Market Leader

 

ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, is enhancing its role in the green marketplace by obtaining GreenCircle certification for several products. With a focus on transparency, ASSA ABLOY recently contracted GreenCircle to independently review the energy savings associated with Ecoflex™ electrified mortise locks, offered by ASSA ABLOY Group brands CORBIN RUSSWIN and SARGENT. Read more...
 

Support for HPDs Grows with Increased Education

 

Deepening concern regarding material and chemical content has prompted action in the architecture and design (A&D) community and among manufacturers. To date, over 30 of the largest A&D firms, including SmithGroup JJR, the Beck Group, ZGF Architects, and Perkins+Will, have issued letters stating their commitment to specifically selecting products that provide transparency in material content and environmental impacts. As a result, many companies are beginning to increase reporting on material safety and ingredient hazards. Read more...
 

LEED v4 Affirms Stance on Recycled Content Claims

 

Late in 2012, the USGBC released a LEED Interpretation Ruling (LIR) that changed the face of recycled content reporting that many organizations held as common practice. The LIR deemed conveying national average, or "blanket", recycled content values unacceptable for documenting Materials and Resources credits pertaining to recycled content. The USGBC has reaffirmed its stand on increased transparency in these claims by incorporating this ruling into its recycled content definitions and requirements in LEED Version 4. Read more...

Merck's Recent Certification Signifies Emphasis on Improving Waste Management Practices

 

In an increasingly resource constrained economy, and in response to rising consumer demand for responsible material management, forward-thinking companies are recognizing the value in production efficiency and waste diversion. Waste diversion not only improves bottom-line performance for manufacturers, but can also boost sales through effective communication of these initiatives. One organization which is setting the standard for waste diversion is Merck & Co., Inc.

 

Through several initiatives, and commitment from internal personnel, Merck West Point has improved operational efficiency and established internal goals to decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills. To highlight these achievements and promote complete transparency, Merck selected GreenCircle to conduct an independent third-party analysis and certification at its West Point, PA facility.

 

The waste analysis and detailed audit of downstream material management operations confirmed that Merck's West Point facility achieved a waste diversion rate of 84% in 2013. Following the success and realized benefits of this audit, Merck is seeking certification of additional facilities, furthering its commitment to responsible waste management practices. GreenCircle's third-party certification not only provides Merck the ability to promote their current achievements, but also a benchmark to drive continuous improvement in waste diversion activities. 

Third-Party Certification Strengthens ASSA ABLOY's Position as Sustainable Market Leader

 

ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, is enhancing its role in the green marketplace by obtaining GreenCircle certification for several products. With a focus on transparency, ASSA ABLOY recently contracted GreenCircle to independently review the energy savings associated with Ecoflex™ electrified mortise locks, offered by ASSA ABLOY Group brands CORBIN RUSSWIN and SARGENT. 

 

We are proud to announce that ASSA ABLOY is the first company to receive GreenCircle's newest certification for Certified Energy Savings (CES). Developed in response to concerns over rising energy costs and associated environmental impacts from electricity usage, the CES certification documents that a product saves electricity as compared to a standard use product (by percentage). GreenCircle's independent study and review offers scientific proof that the CORBIN RUSSWIN and SARGENT Ecoflex™ electrified mortise locks provide up to 96% energy savings as compared to traditional solenoid electrified mortise locks. This recent certification strengthens ASSA ABLOY's position as a market leader in providing sustainable and energy efficient product solutions.

Support for HPDs Grows with Increased Education

 

Deepening concern regarding material and chemical content has prompted action in the architecture and design (A&D) community and among manufacturers. To date, over 30 of the largest A&D firms, including SmithGroup JJR, the Beck Group, ZGF Architects, and Perkins+Will, have issued letters stating their commitment to specifically selecting products that provide transparency in material content and environmental impacts. As a result, many companies are beginning to increase reporting on material safety and ingredient hazards.

 

One disclosure tool that is receiving significant attention in the building products market is the Health Product Declaration (HPD). HPDs disclose the chemical contents of products in accordance with the Health Product Declaration Standard. This open standard was developed by the Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC) to ensure the quality of product health information, and that it is disclosed consistently across organizations and industries.

 

GreenCircle recently participated in the HPDC's Pilot HPD verification process. By reviewing several HPDs, GreenCircle is aiding in the development of the industry standard for HPD verification. This standard is set to be released mid 2014 by the HPDC. In conjunction with the pilot verification process development, GreenCircle participated in a comprehensive HPD education initiative along with influencers from various sectors of material reporting. The two-part webinar series, led by members of the HPDC, PE International, GreenWizard, and GreenCircle, offered unique perspectives on HPDs to assist both manufacturers and the A&D community. To view these informative webinar recordings, follow the links below: 

 

The A to Z of HPDs: A Comprehensive View of Health Product Declarations

Part 1: HPDs for Manufacturers

Part 2: HPDs for the Design Community (Recording Coming Soon) 

 

For more information on the Health Product Declaration Verification Process, please contact Annie Bevan at Annie@GreenCircleCertified.com or 610-569-1045.

LEED v4 Affirms Stance on Recycled Content Claims

 

Late in 2012, the USGBC released a LEED Interpretation Ruling (LIR) that changed the face of recycled content reporting that many organizations held as common practice. The LIR deemed conveying national average, or "blanket", recycled content values unacceptable for documenting Materials and Resources credits pertaining to recycled content. The USGBC has reaffirmed its stand on increased transparency in these claims by incorporating this ruling into its recycled content definitions and requirements in LEED Version 4. 

 

It has always been GreenCircle's position that utilizing national average recycled content claims is "greenwashing". With many variables that affect the recycled content of a final product at a particular facility, blanket claims can misrepresent the sustainability of specific products and can be misleading to consumers. GreenCircle's system of certifying on a plant and product specific basis provides the most accurate environmental claims reporting and ensures proper documentation for LEED projects. After years of lenience, the USGBC now supports this position by stating in the LEED reference manual: 

 

"Design and construction teams may need to research which materials contain high levels of recycled content or verify which factories and which models of a product line feature the desired recycled content. Average recycled content claims given in a range are not acceptable for the purposes of this criterion." 

 

GreenCircle applauds the USGBC's continued push towards full transparency and accuracy in the market.