Expands into Certifying Computers and Electronics
GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
(GEI), the nations largest certifier of chemical
emissions from building products and furnishings,
announces the expansion of its certification efforts
to include computers and other electronic devices.
As part of its expansion, GEI is also pleased to announce
GREENGUARD Certification of Lenovos M57/M57P
Eco, the first computing device to attain
including monitors, computers and printers, can emit
chemicals and particles into the air, particularly
when in use, says Carl E. Smith, CEO of GEI.
These chemicals may trigger a range of health
issues, including asthma, allergies and other irritating
reactions. With this new certification, consumers
now have a way to identify computers and other electronic
products that have been subjected to rigorous testing,
and found to be free of toxic emissions.
runs the only program in the US that certifies computers,
printers and other electronic devices for chemical
emissions. The GREENGUARD program measures chemical
outgassing of the product during normal
use and operation. Measured emissions are then compared
to an extensive list of publicly available short term
and long term health risk exposure levels available
from the US Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational
Safety Health Administration, the state of California,
and CDCs Registry of Toxic Substances.
almost twenty years, researchers have reported on
emissions of potentially harmful chemicals from electronic
devices. In Europe, the chemical content of computing
and electronic devices are controlled through recently
enacted European Union regulation, known as the RoHS
Directive, and through certification of chemical emissions,
under programs like Germanys Blue Angel. The
US has yet to adopt similar requirements, although
some jurisdictions and other organizations are exploring
only is the Eco the first GREENGUARD Certified computer,
it also is the First ThinkCentre product with recycled,
post-consumer plastics, EPEAT Gold rated, and Energy
Star® 4.0 rated. We applaud Lenovo for taking
such a leadership position in sustainable design,
says Smith. Being the first can
be difficult yet Lenovo has shown its unwavering commitment
to developing green computing products.
M57/M57P raised the bar by developing a small, compact
offering that provides the highest levels of manageability
and security while operating with less power consumption
and noise, said Fran OSullivan, senior
vice president of products, Lenovo. With GREENGUARD
Certification, this is Lenovos most environmentally
sensitive ThinkCentre ever!
founded in 2001, currently certifies over 150,000
products and materials for emissions of volatile organic
compounds (VOCs) and other chemicals. GREENGUARD Certification
is broadly recognized and accepted by a number of
green building programs, including the
United States Green Building Councils (USGBC)
online guide of GREENGUARD Certified products is available
at www.greenguard.org at no cost to the user.
often serves as a resource for publications and media
outlets, providing information on various topics that
relate to product emissions and indoor air quality.
The following represent recent articles/features.
How Children are Our Sustainable Future
Compliance Bulletin (January 2008)
Green Product Use Offers Market Advantage, Safety
Reproduced with permission from BNA's Environmental
Compliance Bulletin, Vol. 15, No. 2 (Jan. 28, 2008),
p. 32. Copyright 2008 by The Bureau of National Affairs,
Inc. (800-372-1033) http://www.bna.com
Quarterly (Winter 2008)
Moving Furniture Towards Green
read these and past articles, visit the Press Room/Articles
under the "About GEI" tab of our website.
the next few months, GREENGUARD will be participating
in several events. For more information, please visit
tab listed under About GEI.
Technology Online Expo (GEI exhibiting)
Online Exhibit, March 20, 2008, 9:30am - 6:00pm EST
Westin Peachtree Plaza - Atlanta, GA/March 13th &
Window Coverings Expo (GEI exhibiting)
Georgia World Congress Center - Atlanta, GA/March
26th - 29th, 2008
Webinar (sponsored by IFMA)
Online Webinar/April 15th, 2008, 2:00pm EST
National Conference (GEI speaking)
Boston Exhibition and Convention Center - Boston,
MA/May 15th - 17th, 2008
a snapshot of GEI's 2008 events, click on 2008
Calendar under the About GEI/Events tab. We
will continue to update this information, and appreciate
any feedback from you.
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