GBCI introduces TRUE Zero Waste rating system
The Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally, has unveiled TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency), the new brand identity for its zero waste rating system.
The TRUE Zero Waste rating system helps businesses and facilities define, pursue and achieve their zero-waste goals through project certification and professional credentialing, according to a release.
According to the EPA, the average American generates 4.4 pounds of trash each day. TRUE is a whole systems approach that helps organizations understand how materials flow through their facilities and identify redesign opportunities so that all products are reused. TRUE-certified projects meet a minimum of 90 percent waste diversion for 12 months from landfills, incinerators (waste-to-energy) or the environment.
TRUE is administered by GBCI and serves as a complement to the LEED green building rating system created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
"By driving the adoption of green practices at all levels of business, we significantly impact greenhouse gases, manage risk and improve the health and wellbeing of employees and the community,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC and GBCI. "By closing the loop on waste, organizations can become more resource efficient, discover potential new revenue streams and save money. TRUE delivers the business case for addressing waste.”
Currently, there are 88 TRUE-certified facilities around the world. TRUE focuses on helping businesses, industrial sectors and schools quantify their performance and find additional ways to move toward zero waste. Microsoft, Tesla, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Nature’s Path, Earth Friendly Products, Raytheon, Cintas and Northrop Grumman, among others, have facilities certified under the program. The TRUE Zero Waste certification, previously administered by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council, was acquired by GBCI in 2016.
“Our goal is to help develop a zero waste economy for all that delivers financial, environmental and social benefits,” said Stephanie Barger, director of the TRUE Zero Waste program. “The TRUE team is working with organizations across industries to help set benchmarks, track performance, educate employees and deliver innovative solutions that move them closer to zero waste.”
Topics: Associations / Organizations, Building Owners and Managers, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Energy Saving Products, Great Commercial Buildings, Office Buildings, Sustainable Communities, Urban Planning and Design, USGBC
Companies: U.S. Green Building Council