May is Clean Air Month and ATD wants to make it possible for everyone to sit back, relax and take a deep breath.
We at ATD-AMERICAN believe that a healthy environment is essential for our company, for our planet, and especially for the children and adults who use our products. We are dedicated to providing our customers with precious natural resources and positively contribute to a healthy work, school and world environment.
As a part of our “Green Initiative” ATD is committed to contributing to cleaner indoor air quality. You’ll breathe easy when you select office furniture and school furniture with GREENGUARD®, GREENGUARD® Children & Schools or Indoor Advantage™ certification.
GREENGUARD® – The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI), is an industry-independent, non-profit testing organization that establishes acceptable air standards for indoor products, environments and buildings. GEI’s mission is to protect human health and quality of life through programs that improve indoor air.
GREENGUARD-certified products, including office desks, office chairs and other office furniture, must meet stringent third-party requirements for low chemical emissions based on established health standards, and undergo rigorous testing and verification on a regular basis.
GREENGUARD certification is broadly recognized and accepted by a number of “green” building programs, including the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED® program.
GREENGUARD® Children & Schools - Children spend about 85% of their time indoors, where the air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. As a result, they face long-term health risks due to indoor air pollution.
The GREENGUARD Children & Schools standard evaluates the sensitive nature of school populations, combined with the unique building characteristics found in schools, and presents the most rigorous product emissions criteria to date. Certified products, including school desks, school chairs and other classroom furniture, have been tested for their chemical emissions and performance according to the California Section 01350 Specification, the only health-based building material specification for indoor air quality.
The GREENGUARD Children & Schools program is overseen by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI), an industry-independent, non-profit testing organization. GREENGUARD certification is broadly recognized and accepted by a number of “green” building programs, including the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED® program.
Indoor Advantage™ – Developed by Scientific Certifications Systems (SCS), Indoor Advantage subjects products to the most rigorous indoor air quality emission standards in the U.S., and offers two levels of certification:
Indoor Advantage™ certifies conformance with LEED-CI criteria for EQ4.5 (furniture and seating), as well as BIFMA X7.1 (low-emitting furniture and seating).
Indoor Advantage Gold™ certifies additional conformance with California 01350 Special Environmental Requirements and the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), which set emission limits for classroom furniture and other products used in public schools.
ATD works every day to find and implement other ways to protect and sustain our environment and its resources. We select products that are designed for durability and optimal reusability or recyclability. We also make every effort to ship products from the source closest to a customer’s location in order to save fuel. As a company, we have made a commitment to conduct our own business in a sustainable manner and make every effort to recycle, re-use and reduce waste .We also seek out business partners who share our commitment to the environment. Their efforts include implementing “Green” manufacturing processes, using recycled or renewable raw materials, and producing green-certified products.
By implementing these solutions, as well as many others, ATD aims to reduce our impact on and promote responsibility for the environment across all levels.We also promise to continually improve our business practices in order to protect and sustain the environment and its resources for today’s children and for generations of children to come. We welcome your comments and suggestions, and we encourage you to let us know how your office or school is “Going Green”.