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September 19, 2010
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GREENGUARD helps children breathe easier
ATLANTA — GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) has expanded their offerings of GREENGUARD Children and Schools certified products to include those used in cleaning and maintaining early childhood and higher education environments, according to a press release published by Market Watch.

Dr. Marilyn Black, founder of GEI stated, “With the negative impact of poor indoor air quality on respiratory disease, educational productivity and operational costs, it is critical to take all possible steps to improve the quality of air that our children are breathing.”

Established in 2005, the Children and Schools standard takes into account the increased sensitivities of children and the higher risk they pose for inhaling pollutants that contribute to respiratory ailments like asthma, the story noted.
All GREENGUARD Children and Schools certified products meet California 1350/DHS requirements and meet stringent standards for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), the story added.

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Sustainability is more than just a fad
NEW YORK — A new study by Yahoo! confirms the notion that the green market has grown beyond its niche roots and into a mainstream movement, according to Adweek.

For the study, 1,500 individuals aged 18-54 from Los Angeles, Chicago and Portland, OR, were polled in person after being recruited online, the story stated.

About 23 percent of the respondents considered themselves “deeply committed," while roughly 24 percent see the green movement as “trendy," the story noted.

Over half of the respondents said sustainability has influenced at least one of their purchases in the past six months, the story added

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Hotels make the green leap
WASHINGTON — The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) recently launched its green strategy that largely focuses on environmental guidelines such as effective water, waste and energy management, according to Hotels Magazine.

There are a total of 88 guidelines, including design and construction, chemicals and cleaning, and indoor air quality that will continuously be added to and built upon, the story stated.

AH&LA President and CEO Joseph McInerney told Hotels Magazine: “We’ve exhaustively researched this important topic to determine the best way the association can assist our members who want to create an environmentally-friendly and sustainable hotel. With so many certifications already out there — many of which are through the property’s state and a necessity for government business — the biggest feedback we received was the need for guidance on how to green properties effectively in various areas. Not all hotels will be able to achieve these guidelines, but we want to make sure we set a bar and goals now so hoteliers receive direction for immediate action.”

Another priority of the AH&LA is to work with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to establish a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard for new and existing construction in the lodging sector, the story added.

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Sodexo helps college green up its act
GAITHERSBURG, MD — With the help of Sodexo facilities management experts, Colorado College has been awarded American School & University magazine’s 2008 Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities, which is sponsored by the Green Cleaning Network and the Healthy Schools Campaign, according to a press release published by Market Watch.

Sodexo, a world leader in food and facilities management services, helped Colorado College reduce the number of cleaning products they use by half; the cleaning chemicals that remain in use are environmentally preferable, the story stated.

Microfiber cloths and mops, which helped reduce the college’s water consumption by nearly 250,000 gallons per year, were introduced into the cleaning operation, the story noted.

Al Allen, president of education facilities management at Sodexo commended the all-around effort, saying: "Sodexo congratulates Colorado College for championing effective methods to support sustainable initiatives. Sodexo managers, employees and vendor partners also made this award possible by applying their expertise in sustainable performance.”

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