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Standards & Compliance Briefing: L’Oreal, De Beers, e-Stewards, LEED

L’Oréal’s factory at the Jababeka Industrial Estate in West Java, Indonesia has earned LEED certification, making it the first LEED-certified factory in Indonesia. The 66,000-square-meter plant, which has the capacity to produce 500 million hair and skin care product units per year, was designed and constructed with regard to water and energy efficiencies, atmosphere management, materials and resources utilization and environmental quality, the company said.

The Responsible Jewellery Council has certified diamond miners De Beers Group of Companies, making the corporation a Founder Member of the council. The council says that De Beers has achieved certification by meeting the ethical, social and environmental standards of its member certification system. SGS conducted the audit, RJC said.

The Basel Action Network has awarded the University of Washington the designation e-Stewards Enterprise. The university is the first educational institution to achieve the award. The designation recognizes companies, governments or institutions that take measures to eliminate the export of hazardous electronic waste to developing countries by using recyclers certified to the e-Stewards Standard, BAN said.

Construction company EllisDon has earned six LEED certifications, including LEED Platinum, for the Algonquin College Centre for Construction Excellence. All projects were certified under CaGBC’s LEED Canada for New Construction and Major Renovations, and their certification brings the total number of LEED certified projects EllisDon is involved in to 106, the company said.

The Cleveland Clinic has earned LEED certification for four of its facilities including the Avon Richard E. Jacobs Health Center. The center achieved a silver rating for features and programs including water efficiency, indoor air quality, use of regionally manufactured materials and recycled content, and an overall energy cost reduction of about 15 percent. The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute building and Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center earned gold certification. The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center in East Cleveland also earned silver certification, writes the Cleveland Sun News.

ASTM International will hold an organizational meeting to discuss the potential for developing standards for spent lead acid battery recycling. The December 3 meeting will be at the General Services Administration facility in Washington, D.C. The unsafe recycling and disposal of spent lead acid batteries, including those found in conventional motor vehicles, can result in harm to human health and the environment, ASTM said.

Bisol Group’s photovoltaic modules have earned ANSI/UL 1703 certification. TÜV Rheinland issued the certification after conducting tests for temperature and current leakage, wet insulation-resistance tests, intrusive hot spot tests, fire tests and others. The modules are now compliant with North American regulations, the manufacturer said.

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