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Cranberries: Their Potential Impact on the Environment

If you just sat down to a delicious Thanksgiving dinner replete with turkey and some sort of cranberry accompaniment, you might be feeling quite satisfied with your food choices. Cranberries, native to the United States,… Read More >

Pitfalls When Blogging About Green Products

In previous blogs I commented on the importance of having scientific data to support advertisements for green products.  Compliance with FTC’s Green Guides should also be considered when using social media to promote green products…. Read More >

Green Guides – Is it degradable or compostable?

In a previous blog we discussed the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) updates to the “Guides for the Use Environmental Marketing Claims,” 16CFR260 (the Green Guides) in October 2012.  One of the more problematic areas for… Read More >


Section 436 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires the GSA to review (every 5 years) green building certification systems to identify a system that will encourage certification of Federal green buildings…. Read More >

Revisions to the Federal Trade Commission “Green Guides”

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on October 1, 2012 released the revised “Green Guides“, which is designed to help marketers with describing the environmental attributes of their products, so that advertising is truthful and non-deceptive… Read More >

Is Legislative Support For Sustainability Initiatives On The Decline?

For the past 10 years Michigan has created a number of laws that were “sustainability oriented” – intended to promote the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency.  Recently, however, there has been a reduction… Read More >