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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Green Coins, Organics Vote, LEED

The U.S. Mint announced that its West Point, N.Y., facility has been accepted in the Energy Department’s Superior Energy Performance program, just one of the steps the bureau said it is taking to “‘green’ the production of America’s coins, Reuters reported. The Superior Energy Performance project is a certification program that requires a system for verifying energy performance, including the new ISO 50001 energy management standard.

The Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Standards Board will take a controversial vote on Nov. 30 that would allow products with synthetic preservatives, genetically modified ingredients and relaxed animal welfare standards to qualify as certified organic, according to a press release from The Cornucopia Institute. The institute said the rules are being pushed by agribusiness representatives on the 15-member board.

Facebook and Yahoo have received LEED certification for new data centers, Data Center Knowledge reported. Facebook received LEED gold for its facility in Prineville, Ore., while Yahoo took Silver LEED honors for its center in La Vista, Neb.

The U.S. Green Building Council will now offer LEED credits to builders for designs that cut down number of bird deaths from collisions with buildings, The Public Service Knowledge Network reported. The credit will be awarded if a building meets requirements for the facade, interior lights and exterior.

The Home Depot Center, home of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA franchises, has received ISO 14001 certification. The stadium, which is owned by AEG Facilities, is the first outdoor venue to receive the accreditation.

TCP announced that its LED lamps have received ENERGY STAR certification.  TCP’s LED lamps combine LED driver componentry, optical design and manufacturing capability.

CertainTeed Gypsum announced that 19 of its construction products have been certified by UL Environment Inc. under its Environmental Claims Verification process. The company said the products, manufactured in Cody, Wyo., Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle and Moundsville, W. Va., were confirmed to contain pre- and post-consumer recycled content and adhere to ASTM D 3273 mold resistance standards.

Beechwood Equipment, a United Kingdom defense contractor, announced that it has received ISO 14001 accreditation. The audit was performed by Direct Assessment Services.

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