publications, resources, & research
Green Seal is a science-based organization leading the development of research and resources on more sustainable products, services, and companies. Green Seal’s research is often included in our sustainability standards. This research is published in peer reviewed journals, best practices guides, and books that outline key sustainability issues for products and services. Further, Green Seal conducts research to help provide new information related to more sustainable products, services, and companies.
Green Seal has developed a book that covers the main considerations for greening food service businesses, discussing what the issues are, why to be concerned about them, and how to improve them and implement such improvements.
Green Seal has also developed a guide for Public Housing Authorities on environmentally preferable best practices for operating and maintaining buildings and facilities
Green Seal contributed to the Green Purchasing Toolkit developed by the National Association of Counties (NACo). The toolkit was developed by NACo, Green Seal, U.S. Communities and the Responsible Purchasing Network to help county governments implement green purchasing practices.
Green Seal has developed resources to help all businesses involved in the mail industry to green their practices. There are two online tools available, a Best Practices Guide and a Self-Assessment Survey.
Green Seal has developed a best practices guide for properly maintaining a fleet of vehicles.
Green Seal conducts life cycle assessment research to identify environmental hot spots for products and services. This informs the development of greener products and services, standards and certification, procurement specifications, and educational tools.
In 2009 Green Seal and EnviroMedia Social Marketing commissioned a study conducted by Opinion Research Corporation reveals peoples' opinions and behaviors about products that claim to be environmentally friendly.
Green Seal’s position on various issues that arise during the development of its standards are provided here in order to address common questions and concerns on specific sustainability topics in Green Seal’s standards and to summarize the research and thinking behind the approach taken in the standards.