Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council Summit Session

Can't wait to speak alongside fellow panelists: Holly Elwood, US Environmental Protection Agency; Alexis Ludwig-Vogen, Best Buy; Paul Shahriari, ecomedes; and Jake Swenson, Staples regarding products for purchasers that want to "buy better" #sustainable#purchasing. Come check out our panel on May 22 @SPLCouncil 2019 Summit,

By | 2019-05-15T15:27:16+00:00 May 15th, 2019|News|

At Your Service

BIFMA congratulates developers of the first American National Standard for sustainability in the professional services industry, NSF/ANSI 391.1: General Sustainability Assessment Criteria for Professional Services. Furniture products meeting the LEVEL certification program are included in Section 9.2.7 for products in a Sustainable Supply Chain. Professional service providers can earn points as “office furniture shall be

By | 2019-04-26T08:56:04+00:00 April 26th, 2019|News|

ANSI/BIFMA e3-2019 Furniture Sustainability Standard Assistive Tools Released

The ANSI/BIFMA e3-2019 Furniture Sustainability Standard released in February of 2019 provides measurable, market-based definitions of progressively more sustainable furniture. It establishes performance criteria for addressing environmental and social impacts throughout the supply chain. Tools to help manufacturers have been updated to the 2019 version and are now available. An e3 Guidance Manual includes the entire e3 Standard

By | 2019-04-19T10:58:07+00:00 April 19th, 2019|News|

Furniture Sustainability Standard Strengthened

Grand Rapids, MI- The ANSI/BIFMA e3-2019 Furniture Sustainability Standard has been released and updates the e3-2014 version in several notable ways. This revision restructures the standard, first recognized by ANSI in 2010, to harmonize with other leading programs addressing environmental, health, wellness, and social impacts through a product manufacturing, use, and recovery lens. The standard

By | 2019-02-19T14:46:23+00:00 February 19th, 2019|News|

California Technical Bulletin 133 Repealed

Grand Rapids, Mich.– The State of California announced this week that Technical Bulletin (TB) 133, The Flammability Test Procedure for Seating Furniture for Use in Public Occupancies has been repealed effective January 22, 2019.  TB133 was an open flame test for upholstered seating, which generally required the use of flame-retardant chemicals and additional upholstery operations to apply barrier materials. BIFMA urged repeal

By | 2019-01-25T10:47:02+00:00 January 25th, 2019|News|

Preview the LEED v4.1 Drafts

Review the drafts for all LEED v4.1 rating systems The drafts for all LEED v4.1 rating systems are available to download and review. VIEW THE DRAFTS Get started with LEED v4.1 Drafts are now available for all of the LEED v4.1 rating systems including: LEED v4.1 BD+C LEED v4.1 ID+C LEED v4.1 O+M* *Released in

By | 2018-12-19T13:13:36+00:00 December 19th, 2018|News|

SPLC Fall Webinars Scheduled

Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) webinars have been made available to the public this year thanks to the sponsorship of EcoVadis. The next four webinars in their series are listed at the following link: The SPLC was conceived and developed as a collaborative effort. Through strategic partnership and coordination, the council seeks to link institutional purchasers

By | 2018-08-01T16:38:06+00:00 August 1st, 2018|News|

ZDHC recognizes GreenScreen Certified™ Indicator of Level 1 MRSL Conformance

Leading NGO in clean production aligns with apparel & footwear collaboration to transform chemical use in the sector Somerville, Massachusetts – Today Clean Production Action and the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme announced GreenScreen Certified™ as the newest accepted certification standard for ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (ZDHC MRSL) Conformance. “The ZDHC MRSL is a

By | 2018-02-21T10:06:52+00:00 February 21st, 2018|News|

Furniture Sustainability Standard Revision Proposed

We are happy to announce that a revised version of the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard has been sent out for ballot and public comment. Joint Committee members for this standard will be voting on the update between now and January 19, 2018.  The public comment period will close on February 19, 2018. Here is the Public Review

By | 2018-01-08T14:10:21+00:00 January 8th, 2018|News|

US EPA Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program Commended

In late 2017, the EPA recognized the EPP program with a Bronze Medal for Commendable Service for outstanding work on the EPA Guidelines pilot for assessing environmental performance standards and ecolabels. Many organizations, including BIFMA, worked tirelessly as pilot panel members, a participating standard or ecolabel, or even just interested bystanders. The pilot was completed

By | 2018-01-03T14:21:53+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|News|