Northbrook, IL, USA ― May 13, 2016 ― ISSA member companies; ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association; and ISSA green-cleaning partner, Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC), were awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award.
The award recognizes organizations that demonstrate commitment to the EPA Safer Choice program and its goal of protecting human health and the environment through the advancement of chemical safety. In addition to related participation efforts, these companies and organizations exhibit exemplary promotion of the Safer Choice label, which identifies products with less invasive ingredients, making the environment healthier and more sustainable for all.
The EPA presented awards to the following ISSA-member organizations in addition to ISSA and HSC:
- Bissell Homecare Inc.
- Clean Control Co.
- The Clorox Co.
- Jelmar LLC
- Osprey Biotechnics Inc.
- Seventh Generation
- Solutex Inc.
- Wegmans Food Markets Inc.
- The Ashkin Group
These 12 recipients of this year’s Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award were honored during a public ceremony, May 9, 2016, at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.
The leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide, ISSA includes more than 7,000 distributor, manufacturer, manufacturer representative, building service contractor, in-house service provider and associated service members. ISSA helps its members and their employees make valuable contacts through the industry’s largest cleaning shows, produced in conjunction with Amsterdam RAI, under the brand name ISSA/INTERCLEAN.
ISSA also helps increase members’ professionalism and success through its popular global website, www.issa.com, and by offering business tools, educational products, industry standards, publications, and legislative and regulatory services that specifically focus on the professional cleaning industry. It is through these initiatives that ISSA helps its members demonstrate the true value of clean to their varied constituents.
The association is headquartered in Northbrook, IL, USA, with regional offices in Mainz, Germany and Shanghai, China. For more information, visit www.issa.com, follow ISSA on social media at www.facebook.com/issaworldwide andwww.twitter.com/issaworldwide, or join the discussion at www.issa.com/linkedin.
The R&A, GEO and USGA line up in Washington DC to open global ISEAL Alliance standards and certification event.
Sustainability leaders from around the world are gathered in Washington DC as the annual ISEAL Global Sustainability Standards Conference gets underway, and this year will see the sport of golf stepping forward to underscore the event’s focus on innovation.
Representatives from The R&A and USGA, alongside full ISEAL Member GEO (Golf Environment Organization) addressed the Opening Reception on Tuesday evening, alongside Jörg Frieden, Executive Director, Board of the World Bank and Crystal Davis, Director, Global Forest Watch, World Resources Institute.
Golf will be prominent among a diverse cross section of over 350 national and international businesses, government agencies, NGO’s, academia and consultancies – the only sport represented during the three-day event.
The opening reception speeches reflected the value and relevance of golf’s presence.
ISEAL Executive Director, Karin Kreider said: “Representing a growing community of collaborative partners across the sport, we are delighted to see GEO bring this example of sectoral innovation to the conference. By coming together around a platform of custom built standards, assurance, certification and reporting, golf has established some of the central components of a cohesive and credible strategy – helping define clear expectations, offering a trusted means of recognition, and being able to monitor and report trends and impacts, locally, nationally and globally. And of course, the added value here to the sustainability movement is the role that this enables golf to play as a valued advocate for change across wider business and society; harnessing its visibility and reach.”
Steve Isaac, Director – Golf Course Management at The R&A, governing body of the sport outside of the USA and Mexico and significant investor in GEO’s work added: “Sustainability is a key priority for The R&A, and we are fully committed to helping drive evolution and change in and through the sport around the world. Positive practical action across the nature, resources and community agendas is good for golf, for the people we serve and for the environment we share. It’s a big opportunity and responsibility, and we are delighted to be here, participating, listening and learning, amongst this alliance of inspiring examples of proactive leadership”.