Day and IAQ
Senator Gaylord Nelson first
proposed Earth Day in 1970 as a nationwide environmental
event that would place the environment onto the United
States public agenda. It has continued as a global
event that promotes environmental stewardship and
year round progressive action worldwide. With 20 million
people participating in the first years' events and
1 billion people expected to participate in 2008,
we can all agree that environmental awareness has
Environmental Institute (GEI) continues its mission
to promote public health awareness through healthy
indoor environments. Here are some tips to help you
achieve high quality indoor air for all building occupants
- office workers, consumers, children, elderly and
Make sure you use low emitting, non-toxic products
in construction, furnishing, and activities. These
can be found in the product guide at www.greenguard.org.
that all new construction and renovated rooms meet
the clearance levels of 500 micrograms/m3 TVOC and
50 ppb formaldehyde.
air filters on a regular schedule and use a minimum
and use low emitting, energy efficient computers,
printers, and copiers meeting EPEAT
and GREENGUARD requirements.
all water leaks promptly and remove any materials
contaminated with mold growth.
relative humidity less than 60% indoors.
air cleaners emitting less than 50 ppb ozone.
Sponsors Robotics Team
GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI), the nation's
largest certifier of chemical emissions from building
products and furnishings, was a primary sponsor of
Atlanta's Westminster Schools Robotics team, The WiredCats.
First formed in 2007 to compete in the 2008 FIRST
Robotics Competition (FRC), the team adopted the 'Go
Green' motto and their GreenBot won them entrance
into the 2008 FIRST Championships held at the Georgia
World Congress Center, April 17 - 19, 2008.
2008 FIRST Championship featured 343 high school aged
teams coming from as far away as Brazil and Israel.
Each of the teams had to go through one of 33 regional
events to qualify for the prestigious event. With
1,125 teams and 28,000 students competing, a berth
in the finals was not an easy task.
WiredCats have taken the Recycle, Replace, and Reuse
methodology with their team because it reflects their
commitment to the environment and their desire to
bring the 'green' message to the robotics community.
GREENGUARD Environmental Institute supplied financial
support and technical expertise to the team. The robot
was also equipped with wallcovering, adhesives, and
a vacuum cleaner, which were GREENGUARD Certified
or shown to meet the GREENGUARD standards. You can
visit the Wiredcats team site to learn more about
them at www.wiredcats2415.com.
makes Sustainability Award
GREENGUARD Environmental Institute sponsored its first
annual GREENGUARD Sustainability Award, which was
part of Georgia Tech's Business Plan Competition.
In its eighth year, the highly successful competition
attracts student teams from throughout Georgia Tech
and is organized by the College of Management and
the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship.
The GREENGUARD award was established to recognize
the student team whose business plan best incorporated
sustainability principles in the process and/or final
product. The 2008 winner, selected by a panel of judges,
was Jat Biodiesel, a remarkable group of undergraduates
who business concept utilized jatropha seeds as a
source for sustainable fuel that is low cost and competitive
with traditional petroleum. The GREENGUARD Award was
presented by Dr. Marilyn Black, founder of GREENGUARD
and Georgia Tech graduate, at the awards banquet in
March 2008. For more information on the Business Plan
Competition, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
the last month, GREENGUARD participated in several
tradeshows and traveled to numerous customer locations
to talk with product manufacturers, consumers and
building professionals about the growing awareness
of sustainability and the environment.
the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) annual
meeting in Fort Lauderdale, GREENGUARD was impressed
with the strong interest of wood flooring manufacturers
to identify an appropriate breadth of measures of
sustainability. This was so that they could communicate
and ultimately differentiate their products with their
customers. When one thinks of a product like wood
floors, so many potential environmental issues come
into play. While wood is a natural resource, it can
also be rapidly renewable. It could avoid using synthetic
chemicals, but be treated with solvent-based stains
and finishes. The members are convinced that they
have a story to tell, particularly about chemical
emissions, indoor air quality and the environment.
Atlanta, at the International Window Covering Association
annual meeting, the tone was slightly different. The
World Congress Center, where the event was organized,
was struggling through some repairs due to the recent
tornadoes that struck the area. While the environment
was certainly a dominant theme, daylighting and thermal
comfort tended to be the focus. Indoor air quality
is not immediately associated with blinds and shutters.
However, based on the size and composition of window
treatments in general, they can have a significant
impact on the air we breathe. GREENGUARD Environmental
Institute met and spoke with a number of people at
its booth in the exhibit area, explaining this relationship
and pointing out the importance of choosing low-emitting
products and materials.
it clearly is important to remind people about how
the indoor air we breathe is directly related to all
the products we use in the space.
Environmental Institute 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
Green is Your Stuff?
Green It Review
Chemical Emissions Certification
Paint" - Environmentally paints that contain
fewer harmful Chemicals
all Performance Fabrics Act Alike
Shows How Green Technology Can Improve Indoor Air
Green, Live Rich"
David Bach's new book "Go
Green, Live Rich" mentions GREENGUARD on
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.
Facility Care (Presentation)
The Newseum - Washington, D.C./April 30, 2008
National Conference (Presentation)
Boston Exhibition and Convention Center - Boston,
MA/May 15th - 17th, 2008
World's Trade Fair 2008
(Presentations and Exhibiting)
The Merchandise Mart - Chicago, IL/June 9th - 11th,
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.
Environmental Institute (GEI) is proud to be a recognized
Education Provider, and provides numerous Continuing
Education Courses related to indoor air quality
Indoor Air by Design
Credits: AIA (1LU), IDCEC (0.1 CEU), CSI (1-ECH),
the Air on IAQ: Making Sense of IAQ Standards and
Credits: AIA (1LU), IDCEC (0.1 CEU), CSI (1-ECH)
Blocks for Healthy Indoor Air
Credits: AIA (1LU), IDCEC (0.1CEU), USGBC
to Prevent the Damaging Effects of Mold
Credits: AIA (1LU), CSI (1-ECH)
is taking their Health, Safety, and Human Welfare
courses on the road to architecture and design
firms, industry meetings, campuses, and manufacturer
showrooms across the country. If your firm or group
is interested in learning more about these courses,
please send a request to email@example.com.
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