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ACI release 6.18

June 18, 2012
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ACI Welcomes Melissa Bernardo as Manager, Sustainability Programs

• Brian Sansoni Named Vice President, Sustainability Initiatives
• Moves Reflect ACI’s Strong Commitment to Enhancing Cleaning Product Industry Sustainability Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C., – The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI - has named Melissa Bernardo as Manager, Sustainability Programs, a newly-created position that will strengthen ACI’s sustainability efforts for the cleaning products industry.

ACI also announced that Brian Sansoni, ACI Vice President, Communications and Membership, will add the title of Vice President, Sustainability Initiatives.

“These moves reflect ACI’s commitment to sustainability being one of the core strategic priorities for our organization and the cleaning product supply chain,” said Ernie Rosenberg, ACI President & CEO. “We are looking to increase industry participation in our Sustainability Metrics Program and prepare a second Sustainability Report for the cleaning products industry.” (The initial report was released in 2011.)

Melissa Bernardo comes to ACI from Arizona State University, where she graduated with a Master of Science in Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering.

While there she spent two-plus years as a Graduate Researcher, Home and Personal Care Sector, at The Sustainability Consortium, an organization of academia and companies (including many ACI members) which works to design and implement science-based measurement and reporting systems accessible for producers, retailers, and users of consumer products. Her master’s thesis focused on evaluating ecolabeling criteria for cosmetic products using life cycle assessment.

Melissa attained a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

“Melissa’s experience at The Sustainability Consortium and her studies in sustainability measurements and life cycle assessments will enhance ACI’s expertise and abilities in the sustainability arena,” said Rosenberg.

“Brian Sansoni’s new title reflects the work already done to build ACI’s sustainability programs and reflects his passion to showcase how ACI members are leading the way in demonstrating sustainability every single day.”

Since 2000, Mr. Sansoni has served as a spokesperson for ACI and is responsible for the association’s external and internal communication activities, including media relations and promotion of the ACI’s technical, government affairs, and consumer education activities. He also directs the Association’s membership development and member retention efforts.

Find out more about ACI’s sustainability initiatives online at

The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI - formerly The Soap and Detergent Association) is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $30 billion U.S. cleaning products market. ACI members include the formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and oleochemical producers. ACI ( and its members are dedicated to improving health and the quality of life through sustainable cleaning products and practices.

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