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Green Seal tops certification lists

June 14, 2012

OAKLAND, CA — State and local governments nationwide, including California and the city of New York, have proposed or passed regulations requiring environmentally preferable products be used in public schools and public buildings, according to a press release from Clorox Professional.

Currently, 37 states have passed such regulations, 13 of which list Green Seal certification as required criteria for products being purchased and used, the release stated.

According to the release, as what can be perceived as an "indoor greening" movement, governments are recognizing the tremendous benefits environmentally friendlier measures provide to the students, residents and employees who frequent public buildings.

As part of the city of New York''s next phase of the Green Our Cleaning Act, the city has proposed an "Environmental Preferable Purchasing Program" amendment that requires agencies to purchase cleaning products that comply with the standards set forth by one of the following third-party programs: Green Seal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency''s (EPA) Design for the Environment (DfE) and/or the New York State Office of General Services'' Green Cleaning Program, the release noted.

"Green Seal''s mission is to develop lifecycle-based sustainability standards for products and offer third-party certification for those that meet the criteria," said Linda Chipperfield, vice president of marketing and communications for Green Seal.

"We actively identify and promote sustainability in helping organizations be greener in a real and more effective way," Chipperfield.

Click here to read the complete release.