On their Web site, ISSA commented on Wednesday’s announcement from the New York State Office of General Services (OGS) to not include reference to cleaning products recognized under the EPA Design for the Environment (DfE) Formulator Initiative. Now, before they publish the final version of its green cleaning product procurement policy, ISSA is encouraging anyone and everyone to "contact the OGS to urge them to reconsider their decision and recognize DfE products as environmentally preferable."

According to the Web site, ISSA's position on the topic is:
"In regard to New York State and public procurement policy generally, ISSA has been an ardent advocate of a multi-faceted approach to defining green cleaning products. Specifically, as it relates to chemical cleaners, ISSA supports an approach that recognizes cleaning products as green by virtue of:
• Green Seal certification
• Environmental Choice certification
• Recognition by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Design for the Environment (DfE) Formulator Initiative
• Other valid documentation that the product meets the requisite specifications.

"Such an approach ultimately will ensure that New York has available a robust supply of efficacious green cleaning products at a competitive price. Of equal importance, such an approach ensures that small businesses have affordable options in gaining “green” recognition for their products.

"New York State has indicated it will recognize Green Seal and Environmental Choice certified products, but not products recognized by the EPA DfE Formulator Initiative."

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