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    04/27/11: Join Air Quality Sciences and GREENGUARD at CIRI’s Green Cleaning & Science


    Rachel R. Belew, PR & Communications Manager
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    Join Air Quality Sciences and GREENGUARD at CIRI’s Green Cleaning & Science

    National, interactive symposium focuses on green cleaning and health

    (Atlanta, GA)Air Quality Sciences, Inc. (AQS) and the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) join the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) in announcing a national, interactive symposium focused on green cleaning and health. The event, hosted by CIRI, will be held at the Global Conference Center of the Georgia Institute of Technology, April 27-29, 2011. 

    AQS plans to kick off the program on April 27th with a tour of its LEED Gold corporate headquarters in Marietta, Georgia.  The tour will highlight AQS’s state-of-the-art testing and research facility, including its world-renowned environmental chamber laboratory, which houses more than 90 individual chambers. There, products and materials are evaluated for emissions criteria--sometimes as part of a manufacturer's participation in third-party certification services, like Germany's Blue Angel program or the GREENGUARD Certification Program. Additionally, a series of dedicated consumer room chambers evaluate cleaning processes and their efficacy.  

    AQS has a long history of working with manufacturers to develop healthier cleaning systems, which address both sustainability and toxicity. “Before the general public recognized the negative impacts of traditional cleaning methods, AQS had cultivated the science, created specialized testing environments, and disseminated the message of health and effectiveness. Our work in indoor air quality (IAQ) has always been about leading the discovery and awareness of the connections between IAQ and health,” explains Tony Worthan, vice president of AQS.

    Facilitated by Dr. Steven Spivak, chair of the CIRI Science Advisory Council, the symposium will incorporate discussions among prominent scientists and industry leaders–including GEI’s founder, Dr. Marilyn Black-regarding key issues in green cleaning and cleaning for health. Other topics include perceptions of green cleaning in the marketplace, overcoming greenwashing, cleaning effectiveness, benefits and tradeoffs associated with cleaning programs pursuing green, and the future of green cleaning. This exchange of information will benefit facility and asset managers (both commercial and institutional), procurement managers, specifiers, industry professionals, and green policy makers. To register for CIRI’s “Green Cleaning & Science,” April 27-29, 2011, please visit www.ciriscience.org.

    About Air Quality Sciences (AQS)

    Air Quality Sciences, Inc. (AQS), a member of the Underwriters Laboratories® Global Network, is a renowned indoor air quality testing and research laboratory. With the largest environmental chamber facility in the world, AQS conducts certification services for the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute and partners with key programs like the CRI IAQ Green Label Plus Testing Program, Green Seal, Ecologo, CHPS, and USGBC, in testing products for their volatile organic compounds and determining their impact on IAQ. AQS has tested over 70,000 products, including cleaning chemicals, and has a room sized chamber dedicated to testing the emissions and efficacy of cleaning processes. For more information, visit www.aqs.com.

    About the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI)

    The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute aims to protect human health and improve quality of life by enhancing indoor air quality and reducing people’s exposure to chemicals and other pollutants. As an ISO-IEC Guide 65:1996 accredited, third-party organization, the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute certifies products and materials for low chemical emissions and serves as a resource for choosing healthier products and materials for indoor environments.  All certified products must meet stringent chemical emissions standards based on established criteria from key public health agencies. GREENGUARD Certification is broadly recognized and accepted by sustainable building programs and building codes worldwide. For more information and a complete listing of certified products, visit www.greenguard.org.



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