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Green Seal Announces New Standard for Specialty Cleaning Products and Webinar
With the launch of GS-53, Green Seal now offers standards for most cleaning products. Register today for Green Seal's Sept. 7 Webinar. More More
EPA Demands Full Ingredients on Designed for the Environment Products
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will require all products using its Designed for the Environment labeling program to disclose their full ingredients to consumers. More More
EcoLogo to Develop Standards for Safer Pool and Spa Chemicals
The environmental standard and certification program, EcoLogo, recently announced the initiation of its first standard for pool and spa chemicals. More More
Download Our New Green Cleaners Guide and Webinar Presentations
Missed the webinar launching the new and vastly expanded edition of our Responsible Purchasing Guide for Cleaners? You can still download the guide and webinar presentations from RPN, Green Seal, and Harvard University. More More
Dr Bronner's and OCA Seek Clear, Accurate Organic Label Standards
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, in concert with the Organics Consumer Association, has created a 5-Star Comparison & Ranking of U.S. and European "Organic" and "Natural" Personal Care Standards to help consumers compare organic labels. More More
Join RPN at EcoBuild
Visit our booth at EcoBuild Fall 2008 in Washington, DC. RPN members receive free exhibit hall passes and discount conference registration. More More
Green Cleaners Webinar: Register Now!
Join us Dec. 9 for this informative webinar that will provide information and recommendations on responsible use and purchasing of office cleaning products More More
New ENERGY STAR @ Work Web Tool Helps Offices Go Green
EPA's new ENERGY STAR @ work is an interactive, online tool that offers employees, employers, and building managers tips on how to save energy and protect the environment at work. More More
Green Seal Calls for Comments on Residential Cleaning Standards
Green Seal seeks comments on its proposed new environmental leadership standard for residential cleaning services (GS-49). More More
Green Seal Issues New Cleaner Standard
Green Seal has published a new and updated environmental standard for industrial and institutional cleaners (GS-37) that is more protective of vulnerable populations and reflects advancements made by industry since the last update of the standar More More
RPN & U.S. Communities Join to Promote Green Products on Group Contracts
What do you get when you combine RPN's green purchasing programs with the aggregated influence of over 87,000 buyers? A powerful new resource for finding and buying credible green products through competitively bid group contracts. More More
Use Green Cleaning Calculator to Tally Benefits of Going Clean and Green
The online version of the Responsible Purchasing Guide for Cleaners new features a Pollution Prevention Calculator to help you clean green. More More
TerraChoice Invites Input on Cleaning Standards
Through June 16, RPN members and readers are invited to offer comments and feedback to TerraChoice regarding the prospect of harmonizing their EcoLogo certification criteria for hard surface cleaners with proposed revisions of the Green Seal standard cove More More
Green Seal Initiates Residential Cleaning Service Standard
Green Seal is initiating the development of a new standard for Residential Cleaning Services and inviting stakeholders to participate in the development of this standard. More More
Green Seal Cleaner Comment Period Extended
Green Seal, the not-for-profit, independent certification and standard development body, has announced that it is extending by two weeks the public comment period for its Proposed Revised Standard for Industrial and Institutional Cleaners, GS-37. More More
RPN Product Listings Get Significant Updates
RPN is happy to announce we have made considerable updates to the product listings for several Responsible Purchasing Guides. These changes include new search criteria, updated listings, expanded EPEAT and Energy Star information, and for the Fleet Guide; More More
Green Cleaning Schools Act Draft Guidelines Available for Comment
Draft guidelines for the Green Cleaning Schools Act are now available for comment. The Healthy Schools Campaign and its allies successfully advocated for the Gr More More
GS-37 Currently Open for Public Comment
Green Seal’s GS-37: Environmental Standard for Industrial and Institutional Cleaners is being revised and available for public review, a key step to involve all stakeholders in the development process. More More
New! RPN Comparative Tool for Environmental Standards
Are you confused about environmental standards for cleaning products? Want to know how the new  More More
Cleaning Industry Launches Climate Initiative
The cleaning industry launched a Climate Initiative last week that will create awareness and help companies to voluntarily measure, reduce and offset their emissions. More More
University of Alberta Implements Green Cleaning
The University of Alberta has implemented a campus-wide green cleaning program called "Cleaning for a Healthy U." Its goal is to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and airborne particulates. More More
Green Seal Revises Cleaners Standards: GS-8 and GS-37
The revision of GS-37 for institutional green cleaners is in the scoping phase and a revised GS-08 standard for household cleaners is now available. Visit the Responsible Purchasing More More
Harvard Partners With Green Seal to Train Campus Custodians
Harvard University’s Green Campus Initiative (HGCI) extended its program in 2004 to include a campus-wide green cleaning initiative. The university has partnered with Green Seal, Inc. to train custodial employees per the guidelines in GS-42, Green S More More
Green Cleaning Award Competition Now Open
The Green Cleaning Network, Healthy Schools Campaign and American School & University (AS&U) magazine recently launched the Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities that will recognize exemplary green cleaning programs in educational inst More More
New Healthy Building Resource
RPN Extern host, Citizens’ Environmental Coalition (CEC), published a guide to help consumers weigh various environmental and health concerns when it comes to planning, building, renovating, and redecorating homes. More More
Green Clean Schools Act Sails Through Illinois Senate
Children, teachers, and school staff in Illinois will soon breathe a little easier during the school day. With a 52-5 vote in the Senate today, Illinois became the second state to enact legislation requiring green cleaning in schools. More More