Healthy Homes Expo at the World Bank

Kat-Color2By Kat Danaher, Green Seal Exec. Assistant to the CEO

What a beautiful day for an expo!   Green Seal’s newest family member, Mac Clevenger, and I trundled down Eye Street with our booth-on-wheels and promotional wares.  This would be a very consumer-facing event — a shift from our usual industrial and institutional (“I&I”) audience — and we were primed with messages and facts especially for these individuals.

  • 20150204_122138Did you know…..?  The World Bank uses Green Seal-certified cleaning, floor care, sanitary paper, and hand soap products throughout this very facility!  This creates tremendous health benefits for you, reduces environmental impact, and reinforces their sustainability leadership.
  • Talk your child’s school about the benefits of green cleaning and the dramatic impact that using GS-37 cleaning products and GS-11 paints can have on students’ test performance, productivity, # of sick days, and air quality with reduced toxins, asthmagens, carcinogens, and VOCs.
  • Ask your managers to join the Green Seal Green Office Partnership.  Participation in the program increases the sustainability of your workplace, engages and educates employees, improves operational and energy efficiency, can reduce operational costs, annnnnd has great promotional benefits as well!
  • Encourage the World Bank to increase and promote the sustainability of your food services here by applying for GS-55 certification!
  • Check the Green Seal website for products that you can use in your own home like GS-8 cleaning products and GS-11 paints, and look for Green Seal-certified hotels when traveling.

20150204_131514Our gracious and well-prepared host, Sonal Patel of the World Bank’s Corporate Responsibility Program, had arranged prize giveaways and three kinds of legit, amazing hot chocolate, which definitely seemed to boost participation!

GS was one of about 20 exhibitors — including the Anacostia Watershed Green Roofs team at the booth next door — and we all saw a steady flow of WB employees and visitors during the three-hour event.

It was satisfying to see the light bulb go on when people realized that their building was cleaned by Green Seal-certified products, and to know that we’d planted a few seeds that might prompt these individuals to make their world a bit greener.

Quote of the day:  “I mean, really… how many Environmental Science Ph.D.s does it take to turn off a light switch!?”


 

KatKat, a Virginia native, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in communication studies. Her professional experience includes over nine years of CEO-level executive support, as well as extensive event planning and logistics. She has enjoyed volunteering with several community-based nonprofits, including animal rescue groups and HIV/AIDS causes.


 

“Drum Roll, Please…” An intro to our Advisory Council

Kat-Color2By Kat Danaher, Executive Assistant to the CEO

Ladies and Gentlemen, to spice up an otherwise run-of-the-mill workday, we have a special treat for you.

Earlier this year, Green Seal was honored to launch its inaugural Advisory Council. The Council was formed to augment Green Seal’s Board of Directors by increasing our outreach to new audiences; helping to build our reputation in the public arena; and improving our access to cutting-edge thinking in science and technology, marketing, and communications.

This illustrious group offers a downright staggering array of expertise and achievements, and we invite you to take a few minutes to browse through their bios and links. (more…)

GS-42: LCA-based standard or academic overachiever?

By Kat Danaher, Executive Assistant to the CEO

 

Kat-Color2Green Seal’s standard for Commercial and Institutional Cleaning Services (known to its friends as GS-42*) has come a long way since its launch on an early fall day in 2006. Just six certifications were awarded in the first two years, but by the time it was celebrating its fourth anniversary, that number had soared to fifty-eight. This plucky, ambitious standard was not satisfied to rest on its laurels, however…

It yearned for more.
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