Independent Certification Agencies

American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)

(610) 832-9500

An international materials testing organization referred to by several certification programs. LEED references include: - ASTM Standard Practice E1739-95: Risk-Based Corrective Action Applied at Petroleum Release Sites - ASTM D 6245-1998: Standard Guide for Using Indoor Carbon Dioxide Concentrations to Evaluate Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation - ASTM E408-71(1996)e1: Standard Test methods for Total Normal Emittance of Surface Using Inspection-Meter techniques
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE)

(800) 527-4723

A international trade organization. ASHRAE's handbook is used for many certification programs.
Center for Resource Solutions: Green-e

(888) 634-7336
(415) 561-2100

"The Green-e Renewable Electricity Certification Program is administered by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions and based in San Francisco, California. Green-e provides an easy way for consumers to quickly identify environmentally superior electricity products in competitive markets" (Green-e).
ComfortWise, Energy Efficient Homes

(209) 473-5000

California's EnergyStar Rating EZ Track Rebate System HVAC design Title 24 Compliance Code Required inspections Energy feature inspections
Certified Forest Products Council Nonprofit organization promoting responsible forest product buying practices. Maintains a database of wood product suppliers that they certify.
EPA Energy Star LEED-recognized benchmarking tool created by the EPA to compare a building to other buildings throughout the country. Up-to-date descriptions of the many energy efficiency programs and incentives available under the umbrella of Energy Star.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

(202) 342-0413

A company in North America used to certify forests for sustainability. Guidelines require wood producers to abide by regional laws as well as international treaties, to respect long-term tenure and use rights on land; including the rights of indigenous peoples to own and manage their land and resources, and to protect the health of their forest workers.
GREENGUARD Environmental Institute™ (GEI)

(800) 427-9681

The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute™ (GEI) is an industry-independent, non-profit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification Program for low-emitting products, including the establishment of acceptable standards for interior products and testing protocols. The GEI’s mission is to improve public health and quality of life by helping manufacturers build better and safer products and to provide the public with a free indoor air quality resource and guide to readily available low-emitting products.
Green Label Testing Program Established by the Carpet and Rug Institute to identify low-emitting carpets to consumers. LEED referenced standard for VOC's in carpets, cushions and adhesives.
Green Seal

(202) 872-6400

"Green Seal is an independent, non-profit organization that strives to achieve a healthier and cleaner environment by identifying and promoting products and services that cause less toxic pollution and waste, conserve resources and habitats, and minimize global warming and ozone depletion" (Green Seal).

(202) 828-7422

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Certifies Building Projects based on extensive environmental criteria. Directed by the US Green Building Council.
Leonardo Academy:
Cleaner and Greenersm

(877) 977-9277

"Leonardo Academy's Cleaner and Greenersm Program is focused on supporting the use of markets as a tool for reducing pollution and increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy. This program empowers people with information on energy and the environment, and encourages businesses and consumers to lead the way to a cleaner, greener, healthier environment" (Leonardo Academy).
Organic Trade Association

(413) 774-7511

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America. OTA's mission is to encourage global sustainability through promoting and protecting the growth of diverse organic trade.
Scientific Certification Systems Forest Conservation Program An international certification program for sustainable forestry practices.
SIS Ecolabelling: Nordic Swan ecolabel "The Swan is the official Nordic ecolabel, introduced by the Nordic Council of Ministers. (...) The Swan's mission is to contribute to reducing the consumer burden on the environment. Using optional ecolabelling, we want to guide consumers and purchasers in their desire to shop with a "green" conscience, and thus contribute to a better society" (Swan ecolabeling).
Smartwood Program of the Rainforest Alliance to reduce the negative impact of forestry practices by awarding a seal of approval to responsible forest managers.


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