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ICAN/ATEX: What is the best green certification?

September 9, 2013

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Of all the various green certifications offered, can you suggest one that would be a safer bet than another?

I have found so many certifications, and now have doubts as to who would be the best.

Monday’s Answer:

Frankly, all certifications are as meaningful as the holder wishes them to be.

I’ve seen LEED-EB certified facilities using wasteful bleached c-fold towels, a simple thing to control.

When you are certified as green, you must work daily at keeping in line with the sustainability practices that protect the environment, meaning that getting a certificate is only the first step. Doing things correctly just long enough to earn a certification or a plaque to hang on the office wall is a waste of everyone’s time, and makes the one doing so a true phony for which, unfortunately, there is no award to display.

My recommendation is to seek the ISSA’s CIMS certification, which now includes a green section, if you wish it. This program addresses the sound business practices ... Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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