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May 2009

Feature Article
GREENGUARD Announces Executive Director

GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) is happy to welcome back Henning Bloech to lead GEI as Executive Director. Henning helped start GEI and was its first employee in 2001. As Director of Communications, Henning was instrumental in establishing the GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification Program.  

As GEI’s Executive Director, Henning is responsible for the strategy and positioning of GEI and its programs in the global market. He will ensure continuous, global growth for GEI, lead strategic development and identify sustainable initiatives that protect the environment and public health. Henning is leading the development, promotion, and advocacy of GREENGUARD Certification programs and capabilities worldwide. He will direct and manage strategy, marketing, communications, relationship outreach and training in support of public affairs and professional efforts for GEI. Additionally, he will represent the Institute at key strategic events with external stakeholder groups; and initiate participation in private and public programs establishing environmental policies, standards and codes.

"I am excited to welcome Henning back to lead the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute," said Dr. Marilyn Black, GEI’s founder. "Henning’s background, experience and expansive knowledge of the green space make him the right choice to lead this rapidly growing organization. Under Henning’s leadership, we will continue to expand our certification programs and further strengthen the GREENGUARD brand as the world’s foremost indoor air quality certification program.”

Most recently Henning was the Global Sustainability Director for the Performance Surfaces and Materials business of INVISTA. There he was responsible for developing and leading sustainability strategy and environmental programs for INVISTA brands and businesses including STAINMASTER® carpet, ANTRON® carpet fiber and CORDURA® fabrics.

Henning is an accomplished sustainability expert and strategic marketing and branding professional with global experience across various industries including chemicals, textiles, carpet, building products, automotive and technology. He has extensive experience in leading corporate sustainability strategy and marketing programs, environmental supply chain management, environmental product certifications and life cycle assessment. He holds a Masters Degree from Georg August University in Göttingen, Germany.

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Press Room

The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute 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 are recent articles and features.

Building Operating Management
Showing Off Sustainability at Arizona State

San Francisco Chronicle
Allergic to down? Here is an alternative for mattresses, pillows

Freudenburg Expands Partnership with BMW

Upholstery Journal
Green Means Go

National Floor Trends
Adhesive Makers Say: ‘We’re Sticking Around’

Charlotte Business Journal
CMUD lab sets new standard

Earth 911
8 ways to not get tricked while going green

Green Lodging News
Home2 Suites by Hilton Unveils More Design, Sustainability Details

The Wall Street Journal
As Eco-Seals Proliferate, So Do Doubts

Naturepedic’s Organic Cotton Mattress: Wool Free and Latex Free

Building Design & Construction
New York design firm MKDA relocates, designs ‘Green’ office space for 50th anniversary

Blinds Chalet Announces 7 Ways to Use Window Treatments to Lower Your Energy Costs

To read these and past articles visit the Press Room/Articles under the 'About GEI' tab on the GEI website.Read More...

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GREENGUARD at MIT Sustainability Summit
The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute was the distinguished sponsor of MIT’s first Sustainability Summit in Cambridge, MA. This highly charged summit brought together key experts in industry, science and policy to share collective ideas and strategy for sustainability in built environments and global economies.

GREENGUARD at Hospitality & Design Expo 2009
Dr. Marilyn Black, founder of the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, and a leading expert on pollutant exposure and indoor air quality, will be part of a panel at this year’s Hospitality and Design Green Day, on Wednesday, May 13th at 1:45 p.m. The panel titled, “Says Who? Taking the green colored glasses off when it comes to third-party product certification” will discuss the differences between third-party certification programs and the role each program plays in the green environment.

GREENGUARD Certified products will be well represented at the Hospitality and Design Expo (May 13-16th, Las Vegas, NV). Click here to see a complete list of GREENGUARD manufacturers and their booth numbers.

GREENGUARD at NeoCon 2009
Dr. Black will also be presenting at NeoCon at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, June 16th on “Greening of Children’s Environments.” Learn how to reduce indoor environmental exposure for children, how to specify non-toxic construction, furnishing and cleaning materials and what is required in achieving acceptable indoor air quality for LEED for Schools certification.

Click here for a complete list of manufacturers with GREENGUARD Certified products exhibiting at NeoCon (June 15-17th, Chicago, IL).

GREENGUARD Sponsors High School Robotics Team...The Green Machine
For the second year, GEI provided funds to help sponsor the Westminster High School, F.I.R.S.T. robotics Team, “The Green Machine”, so named to incorporate the School’s colors and the Team’s theme to emphasize and promote sustainability.   F.I.R.S.T. (“For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”) and the competition were founded by noted inventor, Dean Kamen, in 1992.  This year more than 1,700 high school teams competed worldwide.  The Westminster Team won two regional competitions and a birth at the international championship in April, where they finished in the top 32 teams in the world.  Drive motors, batteries and other components of the 120 pound, Green Machine were tested for emissions and met the GREENGUARD Children and Schools criteria. 

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Josh Jacobs
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Why are Third-Party Certifications/Labels Important?

In the current tsunami of green labels and environmental claims, there are many points of confusion. One of the biggest is who  ‘certified’ the environmental claim.

Third-party certifications tend to have the most accountability and transparency when it comes to development and management of their programs. Third-party certification programs are differentiated from first-party programs, where a product manufacturer makes a self declaration, or second-party programs that rely on industry specific standards. Currently, all three programs are common in the marketplace.  However, there are a number of key independent third-party programs including Cradle to Cradle, EcoLogo, FSC, GREENGUARD, Green Seal and SMART that architects, designers, builder and users can count on.

Sustainability News
GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified Insulation and LEED®

The effective use of insulation to minimize energy costs and improve control of environmental comfort in high-performance buildings has led to insulation being highly utilized in many LEED® certified buildings. This heightens the need for assurance of low emitting, non-toxic insulation as an important step in protecting the health of all building occupants. With this in mind, the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute recently applied for a Credit Interpretation Request (CIR) regarding low-emitting insulation. On 3/11/09, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) responded by approving the award of a credit for the use of GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified insulation. The point will be awarded on different credits, depending on which LEED Rating System is utilized (the points apply to both existing LEED Rating Systems and LEED 2009). The points are as follows:

LEED for Commercial Interiors (where roof, floor, or wall insulation is installed outside of the LEED project scope, but the insulation meets GREENGUARD Children & Schools criteria): SS Credit 1, Option L: Other Quantifiable Environmental Performance

LEED for Commercial Interiors/New Construction/Core & Shell/School (where all roof, floor and wall insulation meets GREENGUARD Children & Schools criteria): Innovation in Design Credit

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Recently Certified Manufacturers

GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®


Artopex Inc offers GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® seating, metal storage products and laminate casegoods. Artopex has spent over 29 years building quality office furniture and solid relationships with clients all over North America. Their mission is to offer a complete line of office furniture that reflects perfectly – functionally and the aesthetically – the personality, spirit and image of their clients.


Bush Industries
Bush Industries offers GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® video bases and audio stands. Headquartered in Jamestown, NY, Bush Industries is a leading global manufacturer of ready-to-assemble (RTA) and OfficeReady™ furniture for home and office.


Chromcraft, Inc
Chromcraft, Inc offers GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® seating. Based in Senatobia, MS, Chromcraft focuses on designing and manufacturing furniture with the utmost efficiency.

MAiSPACE, Inc. offers GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® furniture systems. Headquartered out of Mount Olive, NJ, MAiSPACE focuses on award-winning technology features and unparalleled design.


Mondo America Inc.
Mondo offers GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® rubber flooring surfaces. Based in Laval, QC, Canada, Mondo is committed to producing surfaces that do not harm the environment at any stage of the manufacturing process—from the time raw materials are harvested to production to disposal following the product's useful life.


ProjectStone by Belstone offers GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® stone products for the hospitality industry. Headquartered out of Van Nuys, CA, ProjectStone focuses on producing the highest quality, cut-to-size stone and wood products, at very efficient price points, that serves the needs of the U.S. Hospitality Industry.

Serious Materials
Serious Materials offers GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® drywall. Based out of Sunnyvale, CA, Serious Materials focuses on developing  and manufacturing sustainable green building materials that dramatically reduce the impact of the 'built environment' on the climate.


Valspar offers GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® coatings. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Valspar focuses on providing a broad portfolio of wood finishes

VS America

VS America, Inc. offers GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® lounge seating. With US Headquarters located in Charlotte, NC, VS America, Inc. focuses on educational and office furniture with ergonomic designs.



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American Gypsum Company

American Gypsum offers GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified interior gypsum panel products. American Gypsum, based in Dallas, TX, is a subsidiary of Eagle Materials Inc. (NYSE: EXP) and is a full-line producer of gypsum board products, including M-Bloc® with Mold & Moisture Resistance


Bradley Corporation
Bradley Corp offers GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified surfacing materials: Terreon® solid surface, Terreon® recycled solid surface and EveroTM natural quartz. Based out of Menomonee Falls, WI, Bradley Corp is a leader in commercial handwashing fixtures and washroom products.


CertainTeed Gypsum
CertainTeed Gypsum offers GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified setting compounds and gypsum board under its ProRoc® and ProRoc® with M2Tech™ brand names. Based out of Tampa, FL, CertainTeed Gypsum has earned a reputation as a premier building materials manufacturer for more than 80 years.

Colour & Design Inc
Colour & Design Inc. offers GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified wallcoverings. Headquartered in North Little Rock, AR, Colour & Design focuses on supplying interior designers and the architectural market with a full portfolio of colours, textures and patterns in a product line of sophisticated styles.

Ferrari S.A.
Ferrari S.A. offers GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified window treatments. Based out of France, Ferrari S.A. focuses on exterior & interior textile architecture, facades and solar protection.

Hunter Douglas
Hunter Douglas Ceilings offers GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified metal ceilings and Techstyle® E acoustical ceilings.  Based in Norcross, GA, and Thornton, CO, Hunter Douglas Ceilings offers a versatile range of aesthetic and functional options, with solutions for all contract and commercial applications.

InPro Corporation
InPro Corporation offers GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified Prism® Solid Surface and Sanparrel™ Rigid Vinyl and non-PVC material including sheet, handrails, wall guards, corner guards, rubrails, beadboard and more. Based in Muskego, WI, InPro serves architects and facilities primarily in the healthcare, hospitality, education and commercial building markets.

Karndean International LLC

Karndean International LLC offers GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified vinyl flooring. Headquartered out of Pittsburgh, PA, Karndean focuses on developing imaginative, contemporary designs that replicate all of the beauty of natural flooring materials for both residential and commercial environments, but with none of the practical drawbacks.


Liquid Nails®
Liquid Nails® offers GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified adhesives. Based out of Strongsville, OH, Liquid Nails offers a broad range of adhesives, caulks, sealants and home repair products.


Mayline Group
The Mayline Group offers GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified systems furniture. Headquartered in Sheboygan, WI, the Mayline Group focuses on providing a diverse selection of manual-assist, counterbalance and electric sit-to-stand workstations, as well as data cabinets and racking systems.

National Gypsum Company

National Gypsum offers a GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified family XP gypsum board products and ProForm XP Joint Compound.  In addition, all ProForm ready-mixed joint compounds are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®.  Based out of Charlotte, NC, National Gypsum focuses on providing innovative solutions for sustainable design and green building practices.

Performance Furnishings

Performance Furnishings offers GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified office seating. Headquartered out of Seattle, WA , Performance Furnishings focuses on manufacturing affordable, quality office furniture to suit the needs of all office environments.


PhibroWood, LLC offers GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified SUSTAIN® wood preservative. Based out of Ridgefield Park, NJ, PhibroWood, LLC is an industry leader in the revolutionary, fully micronized MCA wood preservative system, providing wood protection against attack from fungal decay and termites.

Phifer offers GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified window shades. Based out of Tuscaloosa, AL, Phifer focuses on producing aluminum and fiberglass insect screening products as well as a broad range of sun control products including 23 GREENGUARD Certified SheerWeave options.

Quiteflex Manufacturing Company, LP

Quietflex Manufacturing Company, LP offers GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified flexible duct products. Based out of Houston, TX, Quietflex Manufacturing focuses on producing high quality, low cost flexible air ducts that serve the needs of HVAC wholesalers.

StonePeak Ceramics
StonePeak Ceramics offers GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified porcelain tiles. Based in Chicago, IL, StonePeak manufactures the highest quality, sustainable, Italian style made in the USA porcelain tile.

Wilsonart® Adhesives
Wilsonart Adhesives offers GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified polyvinyl acetate and water-based contact adhesives. Based out of Temple, Texas, Wilsonart Adhesives manufactures using the most efficient processes and the highest quality raw materials in a safe environment to consistently produce quality adhesive products for the laminating and woodworking industries.


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Continuing Education

GEI is proud to be a recognized USGBC Education Provider, and provides numerous Continuing Education Courses related to indoor air quality principles, including the following:

Indoor Air Quality and Healing Environments (New!)
Credits: AIA (1LU), USGBC

Healthy Indoor Air by Design
Credits: AIA (1LU), IDCEC (0.1 CEU), CSI (1-ECH), USGBC

Clearing the Air on IAQ: Making Sense of IAQ Standards and IEQ Requirements
Credits: AIA (1LU), IDCEC (0.1 CEU), CSI (1-ECH)

Building Blocks for Healthy Indoor Air
Credits: AIA (1LU), IDCEC (0.1CEU), USGBC

Design to Prevent the Damaging Effects of Mold
Credits: AIA (1LU), CSI (1-ECH)

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