Concrete Products

MAR 2018

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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14 • March 2018 GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AGENCIES The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program (EPP) has recognized the Certified Environmental Facts multi-attribute label, developed by GreenCircle Certified LLC. EPP references specifications, standards and ecolabels to help federal agency purchas- ers identify and specify environmentally sustainable products and services. EPA developed program guidelines through a stakeholder consensus process, ensuring a transparent, reliable approach. Recommendations leverage existing pri- vate-sector standards and ecolabels to encourage and simplify the process of sustainable purchasing in the U.S. gov- ernment, while developing a framework to recognize environmental performance and address the key environmental or health impacts within construction, landscaping and four other product categories. An internationally recognized, third-party certification entity providing independent verification of sustainability claims, GreenCircle is ISO 17065 compliant, following industry requirements for organi - zations certifying products, processes, and services. GreenCircle certification is addi- tionally recognized by the United States Green Building Council, Home Innovation Research Labs and National Green Building Standard. GreenCircle's CEF label enables purchasers to easily review and under- stand product sustainability attributes, such as carbon footprint, recycled content, material ingredients, and manufacturing attributes. "When purchasers are accurately informed and educated, they are empow- ered to make the best choices. Purchasers have a big role in selecting sustainable products as well as encouraging continu- ous improvement with manufacturers to provide more sustainable products. We encourage all procurement teams to utilize the recommendations set by the EPA when making purchasing decisions," says Green- Circle Certified co-founder and Certification Officer Tad Radzinski. The EPA guidelines encourage con- tinuous improvement of not only the recommended standards and ecolabels, but the products and services addressed. Federal purchasers can visit General Ser- vices Administration's Green Procurement Compilation for all applicable green pur- chasing requirements, including EPA's recommendations. EPA Preferable Purchasing encompasses GreenCircle Sample GreenCircle label for carpet.

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