Google donates $3 million for healthier indoor environments

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC), proprietor of the LEED program announced a $3 million grant from Google that will aim to transform the building materials industry and create healthier indoor environments. The Google grant will enable USGBC to pursue a number of initiatives. The grant supports three related efforts: research on building materials […] Read more

Herman Miller wins Reusable Packaging Award

American professional furniture maker Herman Miller was the winner of the US Reusable Packaging Association’s first Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award for using reusable packaging to ship and handle a component on a chair assembly line. This solution saved the company $46,000 annually in material and labor. The winner was announced and the award was […] Read more

Herman Miller receives Dow Jones Sustainability award

American professional furniture maker Herman Miller has been cited for corporate leadership in sustainability and community involvement, earning recognition from both the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World), and the state of Michigan’s Neighborhood Environmental Partners Program (NEP). This marks the ninth consecutive year the company has been placed on the DJSI World and […] Read more

Circular economics: pay for use and then re-use

The Dutch organisation TurnToo, an initiative of Rau Office, announced a cooperation with Steelcase Solutions, a division of the Dutch arm of American professional furniture maker Steelcase. On 10 October, the start of the ‘Dag van de Duurzaamheid’ (Sustainability Day), employers who have adopted New Ways of Working can rent a Steelcase Think (C2C-certified) chair for […] Read more

Ahrend and Kimball awarded Green Good Design 2012

Professional furniture manufacturers Ahrend (Netherlands) and Kimball Office (USA) have been awarded the Green Good Design 2012 in the category Corporations. In the category Green Product Design the SAYL chair of Herman Miller and the Vision Collection and Priority Benching of Kimball Office have been awarded. Eugène Sterken, Chief Commercial Officer of Ahrend is especially […] Read more

Green building may lead to greater financial performance

LEED-certified buildings outperform non-LEED certified buildings in terms of financial performance, according to a new study conducted by the University of Notre Dame. The study, “The Relationship Between Corporate Sustainability and Firm Financial Performance,” compares the consumer deposit and loan data of two groups of PNC Financial services from 2008-2010 to determine whether the business […] Read more

Wiesner-Hager integrates EPD type III

Austrian office furniture manufacturer Wiesner-Hager integrates Economical Product Declarations (EPD type III) for each product into their SAP system. This enables the company to provide an ecological footprint of each individual product by the touch of a button. All EPDs are certified according to the ISO 14025 norms. Markus Wiesner, CEO of Wiesner-Hager said: “In […] Read more

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