A Gracious Message from Marvin Klein of PortionPac

Marvin Klein – Chairman at PortionPac Chemical Corporation – has been a committed Green Seal supporter and environmental leader for many years. In support of our 25th Anniversary this month, Mr. Klein released this gracious message in the periodic newsletter – The Connection. Check out today’s newsletter below, and consider subscribing.


Green Seal™ Celebrates 25 Years  of Service to our Nation

It is always interesting to look back and see how our industry has grown and improved, and this month the 25th anniversary of Green Seal is a great opportunity to do so.

I have been in our industry since 1956 and watched the battles to make cleaning materials safer for the people who use them, more effective for the facilities they maintained and less harmful to our environment. Needless to say, progress was very slow.

All cleaning product manufacturers are proud of their formulations and equipment so there was a natural resistance to any outside agency whose role was evaluation and certification.

I remember similar concerns over regulatory standards on electrical maintenance equipment by Underwriters Laboratories. So when Green Seal was formed in 1989, I knew it would be a difficult journey for them to influence an industry that was not ready to accept change.
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Bloomberg Radio Interview- Arthur Weissman’s Book

LN Headshot2By Lisa Nash, Green Seal Administrative Assistant

I am the video creator of the recent Youtube video (below) that accompanies a Bloomberg Radio interview of Green Seal’s President and CEO, Arthur Weissman, as he discusses his new book In the Light of Humane Nature. I am also the manager of In the Light of Humane Nature’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, so I enjoy engaging with the book on different levels.

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Green Seal Visited Philadelphia for the NIGP Forum

Michael and Steve from Waxie Sanitary Supply appreciated their 5-year ribbon. For five years, Waxie has produced Green Seal-certified products - offering their customers safer and healthier options.

Michael & Steve from Waxie with their 5-year ribbon.

This past Monday – August 25 – Green Seal’s Communications Specialist Brie Welzer attended the National Institute for Government Purchasing (NIGP) 2014 Forum held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

In case you’re unfamiliar with this organization, NIGP’s mission statement is the following:

Developing, supporting and promoting the public procurement profession through premier educational and research programs, professional support, technical services and advocacy initiatives that benefit members and constituents since 1944.

Here are a few details from the event:

Our Team: Exhibitors at NIGP with Green Seal-certified products included: Diversey, Ecolab, Waxie Sanitary Supply, Georgia Pacific, Cintas, Grainger, MSC Industrial, and AmSan.

Our Client Support: We provided each of the above companies with an Anniversary Ribbon that highlighted the number of years a company has produced Green Seal-certified products. (more…)

Our Founder – an Emmy-Winning Producer!

ReenaTwenty-five years ago, a committed environmentalist gathered a supportive team and proposed her vision: Green Seal – an independent and trusted certifying organization that could push industry to develop more sustainable options for consumers and institutional purchasers. That individual was Reena Shulsky David – our founder – who has since continued to push for environmental initiatives in many sectors including, most recently, Hollywood!

Her recent project is the Emmy Award-winning Years of Living Dangerously, a 9-part documentary on Showtime that tells the stories of individuals’ lives which are increasingly disrupted by the effects of climate change.

Years of Living DangerouslyShowtime’s description of the series is the following: “Hollywood celebrities and respected journalists span the globe to explore the issues of climate change and cover intimate stories of human triumph and tragedy.”

Celebrities featured in Living Dangerously include: Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, and many other blockbuster actors., and the series crescendos in the final episode during which New York Times’ Thomas Friedman interviews President Obama.


Check it out: You can watch the first episode for free on Showtime’s website – it is about one hour.


In addition to featuring renowned actors and politicians, the documentary was produced with close support from scientific experts including James Hansen (Former Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies ), Joseph Romm (Founder of the blog ClimateProgress), and Heidi Cullent (Chief Climatologist for Climate Central). The full production and scientific teams are listed on the Showtime website.

We are extremely proud of Ms. Shulsky David’s ongoing support of environmental awareness campaigns and greatly look forward to watching Years of Living Dangerously. In related news: we are also excited to soon celebrate Green Seal’s founding twenty-five years ago at our Anniversary Gala in Washington, DC on October 8th! We invite you to join us to honor Ms. Shulsky David and others who helped break ground in 1989 with Green Seal’s formation.

MarBorg – California Recycler – Receives Recognition from Green Seal

Marborg#AwardWinning #EcoLeadership #AboveAndBeyond

Earlier this summer, Green Seal presented an environmental leadership award to California-based Recycler MarBorg.

Marborg uses compressed natural gas to fuel their trucks, they train hawks to prevent seagulls from approaching their facilities, and some of their locations are partially solar powered.

Beyond these impressive initiatives, MarBorg also specifically uses Green Seal-certified cleaning products at its facilities to reduce their environmental impact and provide a safer environment for their workers.

“We are committed to resource efficiency. By using Green Seal-certified products, we are able to reduce the impact to the environment,” MarBorg’s Kathy Borgatello Koeper said when she received Green Seal’s award in June.

We thank MarBorg management and staff for their commitment to environmentally-responsible operation and facilities.

Read more from the Pacific Business Times who reported on this event.

* Photo Credit: Photos By Priscilla

Wicked Problems & an Example: Greenwashing

Molly Buxton Headshot By GS Summer Intern Molly Buxton, West Virginia University

Molly’s post is the first in a two-part series covering the idea of wicked problems and the examination of greenwashing as a wicked problem.


 

When discussing my major—Design Studies—the topic always becomes, “What is Design Studies?”

My answer to that question is: design studies, although within the name, isn’t your typical design major; it isn’t a studio course where you design a room, or a building, or an article of clothing, but rather a thought-based program where you design ideas.

As a design studies student, we’re constantly asking the question “how can we make it better?”

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