“By your powers combined, I am …Captain Planet!”

NanaBy Nana Marfo, Green Seal Marketing Intern

These are the words of the popular superhero that graced our television screens in the early 1990s in “Captain Planet and the Planeteers.” While Captain Planet may have been, for a vast majority of children that were drawn to it, an ordinary cartoon show, its message and legacy were very pertinent. That is especially true today, at a time when climate change and its accompanying issues of sustainability are some of the truly defining issues of our time.

In this blog post, I will explain why, now that we have seen a resurgence in the comic superhero genre in popular culture, there needs to be an icon in the marketplace akin to the Captain Planet of old. I believe such an icon could become a positive symbol for our society just as current superheroes are for our own entertainment; I will start my explanation with a brief background of the show.

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Our 25th Anniversary Gala

DSC_2186Green Seal – as a mission-focused nonprofit, rarely draws attention to our accomplishments publicly. We prefer to focus on the companies and services that are achieving and maintaining certification – those who are investing time and money to transform their industries. But this year, our twenty-fifth year, we felt it was time to take a brief moment to celebrate our successes!

Our 25th Anniversary Gala took place on October 8th in Washington, DC. We welcomed our clients, partners, and other sustainability leaders to help us celebrate 4,000 certified products and services, 31 science-based standards, and many other exciting leadership-focused initiatives. The evening was a wild success as you will see below. We greatly thank those who attended, sponsored, and supported this event!

Enjoy few highlights and photos below…

See more photos on our Facebook Page! Videos are coming soon…

DSC_2557-2 Bill Speech DSC_2434-Rachelle BegleyOur Event Hosts: Bill Nye, The Science Guy, and Rachelle Carson-Begley.

 

 

 

 

 

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DSC_2481-2-DenisRemarks by: First CEO of Green Seal and Coordinator of the first Earth Day: Denis Hayes, and Green Seal’s Chair of the Board of Directors Gary Petersen.

 

 

 

DSC_1151- Kate Brandt & MPSpecial Guest and Speaker: Kate Brandt, the Federal Environmental Executive appointed by President Obama spoke briefly on environmental purchasing, while an animated timeline of Green Seal’s 25 years played on the 20-foot screen.

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Honorees:  We presented two categories of awards: Longevity Awards (leadership in the market for 10+ years) including: Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. – for 20+ years with Green Seal-certified products.

For 15+ years with Green Seal-certified products, we awarded: Andersen Corporation, A.V. Olsson Trading Company, Inc., and Trane. And 29 other companies received recognition for ten or more years with Green Seal certifications: 3M, Airlie, Amano Pioneer Eclipse, Aramark  Betco Corp., Buckeye International, Inc., Chemspec, Cleanline Products Inc., CORE Products Company Inc., Ecolab  EnvirOx, LLC, Essential Industries, Inc., Fuller Industries, LLC, Hillyard Inc., IPAX Cleanogel, Inc., National Chemical Laboratories, Inc., NILodor, Inc., Nyco Products Company, Office Depot, Rochester Midland Corp., Sealed Air – Diversey Care, Signal Mountain Lodge, Spartan Chemical Company, Inc.,  Staples, Inc., Stearns Packaging Corp.,  Wausau Paper, WORX Environmental Products Inc.,  Zep Inc.

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Our Outstanding Partners: the Building Wellness Institute, the Healthy Schools Network, and the Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition.

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DSC_2330- Student volunteers group picBILLStudent Guests and Volunteers: Student representatives from the University of Maryland, Georgetown and American University presented posters on their schools’ sustainability efforts.

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Our celebration was supported by an Honorary Host Committee featuring environmental leaders from the worlds of politics, activism and entertainment. The Host Committee included 3 senators, 4 members of congress, sustainability professionals and activists, and actors such as Blythe Danner and Ted Danson.

The Venue: The Newseum in Washington, DC – steps away from the US Capitol Building.

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The Food: Sustainably catered by Wolfgang Puck Restaurants

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Thank you to our sponsors:

Green Seal’s Founder – Rena Shulsky David (Platinum Sponsor)

PortionPac (Gold Sponsor)

Wausau Paper (Silver Sponsor)

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

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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