Product Certification & Green Standards

The following green product certifications and standards are the industry requirements for many of the products listing in the Green Products listings. These standards assure that the products not only reflect an awareness of green, environmental sound, practices, but that the ingredients and chemicals meet stringent green, environmental, and safe standards. Please use the information to better understand the products available in the listing. In addition, high-school science teachers and classes can use this information to study the active chemical constituents in these products that are being used to keep our schools clean and safe.

Contract Addendum (pdf) This 'contract addendum' document is meant to assist schools in writing or updating contract agreements with cleaning/maintenance individuals or companies. The best-practice standards for each area may be used as benchmarks and/or in conjunction with the green products listing to assist the school and the service providers and vendors in meeting green cleaning goals.

Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI)

The Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label testing program requires qualifying equipment to effectively remove soils, contain dust, and help the carpet retain a good appearance. It is the only existing standard for vacuums. CRI also offers extensive information about carpet, installation, maintenance, and indoor air quality through a toll free information line, 800-882-8846 and at (general information) or (studies).

Environmental Protection Agency’s Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (EPA CPG)

The EPA establishes recycled content requirements for paper and plastic products under its Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines. These guidelines are based on producers’ information rather than third-party certification. A database of manufacturers and suppliers of CPG-rated products can be found at, along with ideas for saving paper at school and promoting recycling.

Environmental Choice (CCD)

Environmental Choice is a standard sponsored by the Canadian government that certifies over 3,000 products based on Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) standards, which address resource use, chemicals used during production, waste and emissions reduction, energy consumption and packaging. EC-certified products are widely available in Canada and are becoming more available in the United States. Environmental Choice has a mutual recognition agreement with Green Seal recognizing one another’s programs. For more information, see:

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not for profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Products carrying the FSC label are independently certified to assure consumers that they come from forests that are managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations. For more information, see:

Green Seal (GS)

Green Seal is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to safeguarding the environment and transforming the marketplace by promoting the manufacture, purchase, and use of environmentally responsible products. They certify hundreds of products using credible, science-based, and transparent standards. The Green Seal certification program meets ISO 14000, the standard set by the International Organization of Standards (ISO). The program is equivalent to the Global Ecolabelling Network standard. To learn more about Green Seal standards, visit

United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

The United States Green Building Council developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) rating system, which maximizes building operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts. It is a recognized, performance-based benchmark for building owners and operators to measure operations, improvements and maintenance on a consistent scale. LEED-EB is designed for delivering economically profitable, environmentally responsible, healthy, productive places to live and work. For more information, see:

Office Paper
EPA CPG copy paper
FSC copy paper
Cleaning Products
CCD-110 cleaning and degreasing compounds (bio-based)
CCD-146 hard surface cleaner
CCD-147 hard floor care
CCD-148 carpet and upholstery care
GS-37 general-purpose, bathroom, glass and carpet cleaner for industrial or institutional
GS-40 floor care for industrial and institutional
Hand Soaps
CCD-104 hand cleaners and hand soaps
GS-41 industrial and institutional hand cleaners
Janitorial Paper & Trash Bags
CCD-082 toilet tissue
CCD-086 hand towels
EPA CPG janitorial paper and plastic trashcan liners
GS-01 tissue paper
GS-09 paper towels and napkins
Odor Control
CCD-112 digestion additives for cleaning and odor control
CCD-113 drain or grease traps additives
CCD-115 odor control additives
Cleaning Equipment
CRI Green Label vacuum cleaners
CRI Seal of Approval carpet deep-cleaning machines
LEED-EB cfl’s (25 watts > 5 mg mercury; 25-40 watts 6mg mercury)
LEED-EB fluorescent lamps (< 90 picograms mercury)

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