SC Johnson Honored With Presidential Award for Environmental Leadership
According to a recent press release, S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc., was awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award in recognition of the company's outstanding accomplishments with its Greenlist Program. The company will accept the award in the category of Designing Greener Chemicals this evening at a ceremony held at the National Academy of Sciences. Established in 1996 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards recognize innovative chemical technologies that reduce pollution and improve the environment.
Entries for the 2006 awards were judged by an independent panel of technical experts convened by the American Chemical Society.
In 2001, SC Johnson devised the environmental classification system Greenlist to transform the way the company measures, tracks and continues to advance its products to further the company's longstanding commitment to environmentally responsible products. SC Johnson was awarded along with Merck & Co., Inc., Codexis, Inc., Arkon Consultants, NuPro Technologies, Inc., and Professor Galen J. Suppes - University of Missouri-Columbia.
"On behalf of everyone at SC Johnson, we are honored to receive the Presidential Green Chemistry Award," said Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. "This recognition of our Greenlist process marks the continuation of our longstanding commitment to environmental leadership. From product stewardship, to responsible energy use, to emissions reduction, SC Johnson's efforts are helping to protect the world for future generations."
Greenlist is a reflection of SC Johnson's steadfast commitment to the environment and spirit of innovation. From being a pioneer in the introduction of water-based aerosols in 1955 to its leadership as the first company to remove chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from all aerosol products three years ahead of the 1978 U.S. mandate, Greenlist is the company's most recent voluntary innovation to safeguard our shared environment. Greenlist goes beyond regulatory requirements to meet SC Johnson's own high standards for product formulation.
As a patented system, Greenlist formalizes the classification of raw materials used in SC Johnson's products according to their impact on the environment and human health. To that end, Greenlist has helped SC Johnson continue to phase out certain raw materials, and use more materials considered to be environmentally "better" and "best." The result is a process that gives SC Johnson scientists around the globe ready access to a rating of ingredients in any new product or reformulation and enables them to continuously improve the environmental profile of the company's products. Additionally, consumers get a more environmentally responsible product along with the performance excellence they trust and expect from SC Johnson.
In just one example of the positive impact of the Greenlist process, SC Johnson used Greenlist to reformulate Windex. The company was able to replace a zero rated solvent with a 3 rated solvent and unique cleaning ingredient system. This helped reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the Windex formula to less than four percent. At the same time, the cleaning power of Windex was boosted by 30 percent, making it best on glass and even better for the environment.
SC Johnson believes knowledge is power - especially when it comes to protecting the environment. By sharing its Greenlist process with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environment Canada, the Chinese EPA, the U.K.'s Forum for the Future, the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, industry associations, universities, corporations and others, the company has increased its impact. In addition, the company has partnered with suppliers to use insights from Greenlist to develop ingredients that are more environmentally sustainable.
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