GreenScreen In Practice

Use of GreenScreen® in Sustainability Standards

GreenScreen has been adopted in a number of certification programs and standards focused on increasing sustainability.

 

Building Sector: U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a membership-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in the building sector. USGBC is committed to transforming the way our buildings are designed, constructed and operated through LEED — the top third-party verification system for sustainable structures around the world. The USGBC has incorporated GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals and GreenScreen List Translator into one or more pathways for two different material ingredient credits in the current Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED v4) Standard.

Clean Production Action published “How to Use GreenScreen for LEED v4” to help guide manufacturers, architects, and designers through the process of earning LEED credits using GreenScreen. Learn more about the credits and get links to additional resources here.

 

Building Sector: Health Product Declaration Open Standard

The Health Product Declaration (HPD) is a standard format for communicating product chemical ingredients created and maintained by the Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC). HPDC is a non-profit, member organization dedicated to the standard development through an open process led by members.  

GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals Benchmark scores and GreenScreen List Translator scores are incorporated into the HPD Open Standard to communicate ingredient hazard. GreenScreen is the predominant chemical hazard assessment method used in the HPD Open Standard, and was the first and only hazard assessment method used when the HPD Open Standard was launched.  The HPD Builder Tool was developed to assist manufacturers in constructing HPDs for their products. GreenScreen results are integrated into the HPD Builder tool. When a manufacturer is constructing an HPD using the HPD Builder tool, GreenScreen List Translator scores and GreenScreen Benchmarks from public assessments are automatically provided. 

Learn more about the HPDC, HPD Open Standard, and HPD Builder tool

 

Electronics Sector: TCO Certified

TCO Certified is an international sustainability certification for IT products and IT environments. TCO Certified is created and managed by TCO Development, a part of the non-profit organization TCO based in Stockholm, Sweden.

GreenScreen has been incorporated into the TCO Certified international sustainability certification for IT products. To earn certification under this program, manufacturers must reduce the use of hazardous non-halogenated flame retardant substances and replace them with safer alternatives. All plastics used in the product to be TCO Certified (both the outer casing and the panel) must only use flame retardants with ingredients on the TCO Certified Accepted Substance List. To be placed on this list, flame retardant substances must be assessed using GreenScreen and assigned a Benchmark score of 2 or higher. Non-halogenated flame retardants have largely replaced the halogenated substances that are known hazards to human health and the environment. TCO Certified’s adoption of GreenScreen supports the goal of identifying safer, environmentally preferable alternatives.

Learn more about TCO Certified and TCO Certified Accepted Substances List

 

Textile Sector: GreenScreen Certified™

GreenScreen Certified is a product level certification standard built on the scientifically robust GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals hazard assessment methodology.  Each ingredient in a product is evaluated using GreenScreen hazard assessment. GreenScreen Certified includes three levels product certification: Bronze, Silver, and Gold with progressively more stringent requirements for eliminating chemicals of concern to human health and the environment and selecting safer alternatives. GreenScreen Certified is now available for products in the textile sector that meet the requirements defined in the GreenScreen Certified Standard for Textile Chemicals.     

Learn more about GreenScreen Certified and the GreenScreen Certified Standard for Textile Chemicals.