Healthy Certifications & Ratings

Healthy Certifications & Ratings

Webinar presented by BOMA San Francisco

 

Are you interested in learning more about the certifications you can pursue to market your building as healthy? Come hear from two industry experts, Brenna Walraven, President & CEO of Corporate Sustainability Strategies, and Craig Sheehy, President & CEO of Envision Realty Services, as they impart their knowledge and experience with the Fitwel, WELL, and UL Verified Healthy Building certifications.

 

They will provide market context for the increase in investor and tenant interest in pursuing such certifications, as well as discuss components, and anticipated costs for each.

 

Presenters

  • Craig Sheehy, CPM, President and CEO, EnVision Realty Services
  • Brenna Walraven, BOMA Fellow, BOMI-HP, CPM, RPA, President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies

 

Date & Time

February 25, 2021

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT

 

Registration

BOMA San Francisco

 

About BOMA

Building Owners and Manager Association (BOMA) is the most influential and effective advocacy, recruitment, and training organization for the U.S. commercial real estate industry. BOMA San Francisco represents more than 72 million square feet of office space in San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin and Sonoma counties, and is federated with BOMA International and BOMA California, the voices of the commercial real estate industry in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento.  For more information visit www.bomasf.org.

Improving ESG Performance: Achieving Carbon Neutrality in the Built Environment

Improving ESG Performance: Achieving Carbon Neutrality in the Built Environment

The achievement of a balanced economic, social and environmental development is recognized as one of the major challenges the building industry is facing today. What is less clear is how building owners and developers can seize the opportunities offered by zero-emissions mandates and disruptive energy technologies to generate business opportunities and value for their stakeholders. In this series, industry leaders illustrate ideas and examples on how to use smart building technologies to achieve energy savings and realize the value creation potential from ESG.

 

Across the US, building owners and operators are tasked with making energy efficiency upgrades and/or decarbonizing their power supply to meet new emission reduction targets. This session discusses the impact of regulations on building operations and showcases portfolios that are committed to carbon neutrality.

 

Panelists

  • Sara Neff, SVP, Sustainability, Kilroy Realty
  • Ryan Tinus, Sr. Director, Engineering and Environmental Sustainability, Hudson Pacific Properties
  • Tanya March, SVP, North America, Envizi
  • Brenna Walraven,President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies

Date & Time

February 18, 2021

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET / 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PT

 

Registration

Realcomm

 

About Realcomm

Realcomm was founded with the goal of bringing industry leaders together to discuss, demonstrate, and debate the latest innovations to impact our industry. For more information visit www.realcomm.com.

2021 Green Lease Leader Application is Open

2021 Green Lease Leader Application is Open

Get recognized for your smart leasing efforts and showcase your commitment to sustainability.

 

Building decarbonization is inevitable, and that makes green leasing more important than ever.

 

Green leases are a tool for improving occupant health and wellness, operating efficient and sustainable buildings, saving money, and much more. If you’re a landlord or tenant who is actively leveraging your leases to reach your ESG goals, don’t miss your chance for Green Lease Leader recognition.

 

Green Lease Leaders is the only national green leasing recognition program. Created by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Building Alliance and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), it celebrates and validates leading-edge landlords, tenants, real estate teams, and governments in the commercial office, retail, and industrial sectors that are driving higher performance in leased buildings by addressing energy efficiency and sustainability through smart and green lease clauses and corporate guidelines.

 

Read more about the program, apply for recognition, or quickly see if you qualify by visiting greenleaseleaders.com.

 

About 2020 Green Lease Leaders

2020 Green Lease Leaders represented portfolios totaling more than 1 billion square feet and comprised a diverse range of buildings from large and small commercial offices to industrial buildings to data centers. Altogether, Green Lease Leaders manage nearly 3 billion square feet of commercial and government space, representing a huge potential for growth in green leases.

 

greenleaseleaders.com

Green Seal in Amazon’s Climate Pledge Friendly Program

Green Seal in Amazon’s Climate Pledge Friendly Program

Amazon initiative makes it easier for customers to shop for certified sustainable products

 

Green Seal continues to build upon its relationships by participating in Amazon’s Climate Pledge Friendly, a new program that makes it easier for customers to discover and shop for more sustainable products.

 

Amazon customers will now see a “Climate Pledge Friendly” label on the listings for products certified by Green Seal and other select organizations, indicating to shoppers that the products meet meaningful sustainability standards. Customers can also see which certifications the product has earned and learn more about the certification requirements.

 

Amazon evaluated hundreds of external sustainability certifications for its Climate Pledge Friendly program and chose organizations that certify products that have demonstrated sustainability benefits. Green Seal’s science-based certification standards emphasize health and safety, prohibiting carcinogens, mutagens, and reproductive toxins in certified products and requiring a rigorous examination of a product’s sustainability in areas including raw materials extraction, manufacturing, packaging and how the product is used and disposed. Critically, Green Seal’s testing requirements mean that certified products are proven to deliver uncompromising performance.

 

“Amazon’s Climate Pledge Friendly label makes it simple for shoppers to identify which products are in line with their sustainability values,” said Green Seal CEO Doug Gatlin. “Amazon’s high bar for choosing certifying partners aligns with Green Seal’s commitment to recognizing products that meet the highest benchmark of health and environmental leadership. Green Seal is proud to take part in this powerful initiative. Amazon is demonstrating true leadership by making it easier for customers to shop for more sustainable products and encouraging brands and manufacturers to produce and source more sustainably.”

 

Amazon’s selection for Climate Pledge Friendly includes grocery, household, fashion, beauty and personal electronics products, as well as other items from a range of categories.  Hundreds of Green Seal-certified products are available from brands such as Georgia-Pacific, Office Depot, Rubbermaid, 3M, Ecolab, Diversey, Staples, Kittrich, Branch Creek, Tork, Simoniz, Neenah, Betco and PortionPac, among others.

 

For detailed information on the pledge qualification criteria visit Amazon Climate Pledge Friendly.  Look for the Climate Pledge Friendly badge on products.

 

About Green Seal

Green Seal is a global nonprofit organization with a mission to transform the economy for a healthier, greener world. Since 1989, Green Seal has applied rigorous standards for health, environmental sustainability and product performance to its certification programs to empower better purchasing decisions. Green Seal has certified thousands of products, services and spaces from hundreds of leading companies including 3M, Ecolab, Georgia Pacific, Hilton, Westin, Marriott and Staples, and is specified by countless schools, government agencies, businesses and institutions. Today, the Green Seal certification mark is a universal symbol that a product or service meets the highest benchmark of health and environmental leadership.

 

Visit GreenSeal.org or connect with Green Seal on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Green Seal Certified Hand Sanitizers Meet Highest Standard for Safety and Performance in the Marketplace

Green Seal Certified Hand Sanitizers Meet Highest Standard for Safety and Performance in the Marketplace

Standard verifies safer, effective ingredients amid spate of toxic hand sanitizers

 

Green Seal, the nation’s leading non-profit authority on safer and more sustainable cleaning and facility care products, is now certifying alcohol-based hand sanitizers that meet the highest standard for health and safety in the marketplace amid growing consumer concern about toxic products.

 

With the COVID-19 pandemic spurring many first-time producers to enter the market, the FDA has warned consumers to avoid more than 200 hand sanitizer products because of incorrect formulations and high levels of hazardous ingredients including methanol (wood alcohol) and the contaminant 1-propanol. Meanwhile, even when properly formulated, hand sanitizers available on the U.S. market can include hazardous ingredients linked to cancer, allergies, skin and eye irritation and other harmful health effects – even if they have an ecolabel.

 

Green Seal’s new hand sanitizer certification standard, created with input from public health and industry experts, screens 100% of the product formula for carcinogens, reproductive toxins, skin irritants, phthalates, parabens and contaminants. All Green Seal-certified products must meet strict performance testing requirements to ensure effectiveness.

 

“There is a critical market gap right now where buyers know to beware of toxic or ineffective hand sanitizers but are hard-pressed to quickly and easily identify safer options,” said Green Seal CEO Doug Gatlin. “Green Seal certification gives consumers, purchasers and facility managers confidence that they are buying a hand sanitizer that has been independently verified to the highest standard for health, safety and effectiveness.”

 

Standards

 

Independent verification by a trusted authority

Green Seal’s hand sanitizer certification standard is the non-profit’s latest initiative to harness its expertise to provide products, services and guidance that help protect people from both COVID-19 and negative health impacts from toxic chemicals.

  • Green Seal Guidelines for Safer Cleaning and Disinfection for schools and workplaces have been adopted by commercial cleaning companies servicing more than 1 billion square feet of space.
  • SEIU 32BJ, the largest union of property service workers in the U.S., has partnered with Green Seal on COVID-19 training for its members.
  • More than 30,000 Green Seal certified products are used in offices, schools and homes each day, including cleaning products and hand soaps critical to de-contaminating buildings and protecting people.

 

To learn more about Green Seal’s hand sanitizer leadership standard and Green Seal-certified products, visit www.greenseal.org/hand-sanitizer.

 

About Green Seal

Green Seal is a global nonprofit organization that pioneered the ecolabeling movement with a mission to transform the economy for a healthier, greener world. Green Seal’s rigorous standards for health, sustainability and product performance have driven permanent shifts in the marketplace, empowering better purchasing decisions and rewarding industry innovators.

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