From GreenTalks enews:
“?The list of certifications for “green” this or “sustainable” that just keeps on growing. It’s confusing, but with so many companies making claims about their practices and products (and with many of those claims being questionable), certifications and standards do give us a way to evaluate claims and practices. ??So here are two bits of news on that front:
New sustainable business standard. A new global sustainability standard for businesses was just announced. The folks at GreenBiz.com, in partnership with UL Environment, a business unit of Underwriters Laboratories, have written a draft standard that would use a point-based rating system along with good/better/best levels of certification to measure a company’s sustainability efforts (including environmental, social and corporate issues). They’re now seeking stakeholder input, and Joel Makower, executive editor of GreenBiz.com, says they hope to have a viable standard ready for the market by the end of the year. Joel, by the way, will be making a special appearance as one of the featured speakers at the Seeley Conference in Ithaca, New York, June 26-29. Check out his blog post on the new standard HERE. Or better yet, check out the conference.
Sustainable agriculture standard. You may recall that another sustainability standard, one for agriculture, has been in the works for a couple of years now. Several floriculture industry representatives have been working on the subcommittees to develop and write this standard. The committees will be meeting this week in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Eventually, the plan is to submit a draft of the Final Standard to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for approval as an American National Standard. To find out more, visit www.leonardoacademy.org/programs/standards/agstandard/development.html.