EPA provides guidance for federal purchasing and overall industry assistance when finding sustainable flooring options.
GreenCircle Certified LLC’s Certified Environmental Facts (CEF) multi-attribute label for flooring products has been recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program as a recommended ecolabel for sustainable federal purchasing. The EPA EPP Program provides recommendations of specifications, standards and ecolabels to help federal purchasers identify and specify environmentally sustainable products and services.
The basis of these recommendations comes from EPA guidelines developed through a stakeholder consensus process, ensuring a transparent, reliable approach. The recommendations leverage existing private-sector standards and ecolabels to encourage and simplify the process of sustainable purchasing in the U.S. government, while developing a framework to recognize environmental performance and address the key environmental or health impacts within product categories. Product categories to date include: cafeteria, construction, custodial, electronics, grounds/landscaping and office/furniture.
An internationally recognized, third-party certification entity providing independent verification of sustainability claims, GreenCircle is ISO 17065 compliant, following industry requirements for organizations certifying products, processes and services. GreenCircle certification is additionally recognized by both the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Home Innovation Research Labs’ (HIRL) National Green Building Standard (NGBS) and the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) as a valid third-party certification entity. GreenCircle’s CEF label for flooring products enables purchasers to easily review and understand flooring sustainability attributes, such as carbon footprint, recycled content, material ingredients and manufacturing attributes.
“Now recognized by the EPA, GreenCircle’s CEF label for flooring products will continue to support the movement in government procurement to specify products with decreased environment impact and verified sustainability metrics,” saysTad Radzinski, co-founder and Certification Officer of GreenCircle. “When purchasers are accurately informed and educated, they are empowered to make the best choices. Purchasers have a big role in selecting sustainable products as well as encouraging continuous improvement with product manufacturers to provide more sustainable products. We encourage all procurement teams to utilize the recommendations set by the EPA when making purchasing decisions,”
Government and private purchasing teams alike should utilize recommendations and guidelines such as these in order to meet sustainable purchasing goals, reduce impact and reduce spending by selecting products with life cycle cost savings. Refer to the EPA EPP Program Recommendations website for more information on certification criteria and to view all the recommended specifications, standards and ecolabels for federal purchasing.
The EPA guidelines encourage continuous improvement of not only the recommended standards and ecolabels, but the products and services addressed. Federal purchasers can visit GSA’s Green Procurement Compilation for all applicable green purchasing requirements, including EPA’s recommendations.
GreenCircle is an internationally recognized third-party certification entity whose thorough evaluation process provides independent verification that sustainability claims related to an organization’s products and operations are honest, valid and verified. In today’s discerning market, third-party certification is a valuable asset in establishing brand integrity and developing consumer confidence. In addition to flooring products, GreenCircle also provides Certified Environmental Facts certification for other building product categories and offers a Certified Energy Savings certification for energy saving products that are not included in the ENERGY STAR program.