Green 101Green is within reach.With Sherwin-Williams’ large network of servicing facilities, there’s always a location nearby.Which means the green solutions you need most are available for fast shipment—and thatdelivery can conserve fuel and energy. What’s more, we’ve even replaced diesel fuel withbiodiesel fuel in our truck fleet that services our distribution network. Because when it comesto protecting the environment, every detail counts.Due to heightened ecological concerns, today’s customers are often attracted to companies whoare implementing environmentally responsible practices and procedures. Fortunately, Sherwin-Williams is here to help you do just that. But before you begin to make changes to your productfinishing line, it’s vital that you first understand the core issues surrounding the green movement.
Green is a term widely used to describe buildings constructedwith minimal negative impact on the environment and withan emphasis on conservation of resources, energy efficiencyand safe interior spaces. It is also broadly used to describemanufacturing processes and or the manufacturing of goods,as well as efforts focused on conservation.
Sustainability refers to the concept that new developmentmust meet the needs of the present without compromisingthose of the future. Sustainability is measured in threeinterdependent dimensions: the environment, economics andsociety—often referred to as the “triple bottom line.”
Carbon footprint is a measure of the amount of carbondioxide emitted through the combustion of fossil fuels. Acarbon footprint is often expressed as tons of carbon dioxideor tons of carbon emitted on an annual basis.Global warming is an increase in the mean temperatureof the Earth that may be a result of increased emissions ofgreenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide that are trapped inthe atmosphere.
LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy andEnvironmental Design, a points-based rating systemdeveloped by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEEDevaluates environmental performance from a “wholebuilding” perspective over its life cycle, providing a definitivestandard for what constitutes green building. To learnmore and for specific details about the LEED CertificationProgram, visit www.usgbc.org/leed.
VOCs are “volatile organic compounds” or organic chemicalcompounds that have high enough vapor pressure undernormal conditions to significantly vaporize and enter theatmosphere. These chemicals can affect indoor air qualityand may be hazardous to human health. Low-VOC paintsand coatings are those with low or zero volatile organiccompounds found in some finishes.
RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) is a Europeandirective to reduce the environmental impact of electronicgoods when discarded into landfills.
Sustainable design or “green design,” “eco-design” or “designof environment” is the art of designing physical objects tocomply with the principles of economic, social and ecologicalsustainability.