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Green Building Day

Sydney and Melbourne
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Green Building Day, hosted by the Green Building Council of Australia, is the biggest event on the green building calendar, and GECA is proud to be a supporting sponsor of the event.

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Spotlight: Forbo Flooring

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This week’s featured GECA licensee is Forbo Flooring Systems, who describe themselves as “a global player in high-quality commercial and residential floor coverings”. Their floors are environmentally-preferable and design-oriented while remaining practical and functional.

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GECA seeks input on Environmentally Preferable Products standard

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Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) is in the process of developing a new product standard with the working title ‘Environmentally Preferable Products’. As part of the development of this standard, GECA is seeking input from industry professionals including manufacturers, construction project teams, consultants, academics and environmental organisations.

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DesignBUILD draws to a close

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DesignBUILD 2014 wrapped up last week at Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre after three days of showcasing the best from the building and construction industries. GECA was pleased to be a partner for this year’s event.

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Green Cities and the push for preferability

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Good Environmental Choice Australia was pleased to be a part of Green Cities 2014 in March this year. The annual conference and exhibition was hosted by the Green Building Council of Australia and Property Council of Australia to explore sustainability in the built environment.

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Spotlight: Planex

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This week’s GECA spotlight is on steel storage furniture manufacturer Planex. The specialist furniture producers are 100% Australian owned, and they have “one of the most advanced sheet steel manufacturing facilities” in the country. All products are fully manufactured using local raw materials in their Melbourne facility.

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What you should know about: Paints and Coatings

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Paints and coatings can have significant impacts on the environment and human health, depending on what ingredients and components they contain. For example, if a paint uses organic solvents rather than a water base, it will release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the surrounding air. Solvent-based paints can also contain about 50 percent more embodied energy.

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UNAA World Environment Day Awards seeking nominations

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Nominations for the 2014 United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards are now open nationally. Each year, in support of United Nations World Environment Day (June 5), the United Nations Association of Australia recognises innovative and outstanding environmental initiatives and projects from across Australia through the World Environment Day Awards.

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GECA is a supporting partner of DesignBUILD

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
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GECA has teamed up with Australian Living and DesignBUILD to support an exciting initiative to showcase environmentally innovative products at DesignBUILD in Melbourne 2-4 April 2014. GECA licensees have the opportunity to participate in Project Next, which will be a fully interactive sustainable structure positioned in the centre of DesignBUILD with products and...

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GECA presents at Green Cities 2014

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GECA CEO Rupert Posner will present at Green Cities 2014 in a session called Materials matter. The session will explore how building sustainability is about more than design. The procurement process and materials selected can be the difference between a good and a great green building. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn life cycle assessment methods...

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New product: XE Summit Workstations get the GECA tick

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Baseline Commercial Furniture have recently launched their new XE Summit Workstations, adding yet another item to their growing list of GECA certified products. The freshly launched workstation, which is a newer and updated version of their Summit product, has met all the criteria of the Furniture, Fittings and Foam 2010 v2.1 standard.

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New product: Haworth achieves certification for Lively Task Chair

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Office furniture manufacturers Haworth Australia have recently added the Lively Task Chair to their growing list of GECA certified products. The environmentally-preferable chair met the criteria for certification under the Furniture, Fittings and Foam v2.1 standard.

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New products: Workbay office furniture by Unifor Australia

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Unifor Australia has achieved GECA certification for its Workbay system, a multifunctional set of office furnishings. The furnishings have been certified under the Furniture, Fittings and Foam v2.1 standard, offering an environmentally preferable option for office planners.

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GECA seeks feedback for new standards

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Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) is asking for feedback from developers, manufacturers and infrastructure project teams on which additional standards it should develop to help projects earn points under the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia’s (ISCA) IS rating scheme.

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Green Interior Awards ready for your entries

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There’s still time to get your entry in to the Home Design Magazine Australian Living Green Interior Awards for 2014. GECA is a proud supporting partner of the awards, which recognise interior design projects that have considered the social and environmental impacts of the products chosen.

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New products: ARTMATRIX achieves certification for additional items

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Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) licensee ARTMATRIX has achieved certification for two additional items. The IF (ECO) Intelligent Folding Table (9IF) and I-Beam (ECO) Desking System (9IB) have passed their audits with one of GECA’s JAS-ANZ accredited conformance assessment bodies BSI; enabling them to achieve GECA certification.

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New licensee: Smac Imports achieves GECA certification

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This week, Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) welcomes a new licensee: Smac Imports. Smac Imports is a quality steel manufacturer that offers a range of office furniture including the newly certified Celia Caddy and Celia Storage Unit. The two products have both been audited by BSI; one of two JAS-ANZ accredited conformance assessment bodies eligible...

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GECA CEO to speak at the United Nations Association of Australia

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The United Nations Association of Australia (Victorian Division) is holding a seminar on Natural Capital and Supply Chain Sustainability: Measuring and Managing Environmental Impacts and Risks on Thursday 13 February in Melbourne in partnership with National Australia Bank. Held as part of its Sustainability Leadership Series, this seminar responds to the global momentum...

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New licensee: Perth Foam achieves GECA certification

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GECA welcomes Perth Foam as its newest licensee. The company is an Australian-based, family-run business that manufacturers in Western Australia. Founded by the Peacock family in 1881, and still run by the same family today, it specialises in supplying foam to a wide variety of customers for use in bedding, upholstery, packaging, hospitality and healthcare.

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New products: Arper adds new items to GECA licence

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Arper has passed its audit with BSI to achieve certification for some new products. Saya, Juno, Ginger, Gher, Team and Aava certified by Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) under the Furniture, Fittings & Foam 2010 v2.1 standard meaning they offer a sustainably preferable option for designers, architects and consumers.

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GBCA holds leading green women’s breakfast

Establishment Ballroom, Level 2, 252 George St, Sydney, NSW 2000
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60% of Australia’s sustainability specialists are women - and the industry is proving that soft skills and hard hats are a winning combination.

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First products certified under new Machine Dishwashing Detergents standard

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Jasol has become the first company to have products certified under the new Machine Dishwashing Detergents standard. The newly certified products include the EC12 Warewashing Manual Dose Powder Detergent, EC15 Glass Wash Detergent, EC13 Automatic Warewashing Detergent and EC14 Automatic Warewashing Rinse Aid. The standard applies to detergents (liquid and powder)…

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GECA advocates for green procurement to Senate inquiry

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GECA has long advocated that it is extremely important for sustainability requirements to be incorporated into the procurement requirements of Commonwealth departments. It conveyed this message recently to the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration References Committee Inquiry into Commonwealth Procurement Procedures. GECA certifies thousands of products, many of which are...

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Raising the bar

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The textiles industry is on track to receive a new benchmark. Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA), which runs Australia's only independent, multi-sector ecolabelling program, is developing a new environmental standard for textiles and leather. Products that could be certified under the standard include textile products such as clothing and textiles for use in clothing...

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A better standard for textiles and leather: have your say

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Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) has released its new environmental standard for textiles and leather for public comment. Products that could be certified under the standard include textiles for use in clothing, furniture, bedding, decorative applications and fittings sold in the Australian market. The standard also allows for certification of finished products including...

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New products: Italplast adds additional item to GECA licence

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This week Italplast’s I 65 GR Slimline A4 Document Tray passed its audit and achieved GECA certification. Italplast is an Australian-owned, family-operated business that develops a range of desk accessory stationery products. The business specialises in product design, toolmaking and plastic injection moulding and operates following the requirements of the International Quality Standards of ISO 9001.

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GECA cleaning and paint products now recognised by the GBCA

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More GECA standards have been approved by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) meaning products certified under them will contribute to achieving credit points for Green Star projects. Following the GBCA’s announcement in October to expand its existing Assessment Framework, GECA applied to get its Paints & Coatings and Cleaning Products standards recognised.

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First GECA licensee audited by DLCS International

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The first products assessed by DLCS International under Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA)’s ecolabelling program have successfully met the requirements and been re-certified. In 2013 DLCS International achieved JAS-ANZ accreditation enabling it to audit the GECA scheme. GECA's program is the only ecolabelling program in Australia that is not-for-profit, independent and multi-sector and operating...

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New products: Arteil adds new items to GECA licence

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GECA licensee Arteil has achieved certification for additional seating products. These items include the Colorado Highback Executive, CH4 Karis Mk 1, CH3 Karis Mk 3, CH14 Legend Model 1 no arms, CH13 Legend Model 2 with arms, CH15 Sapphire Seminar Model 4 with arms, CH17 Princeton Café chair, and the ST1 Sit & Stand Stool. Arteil Ergonomic Seating is a specialist manufacturer of...

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New products: Boral adds new items to GECA licence

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Boral has achieved certification for additional plasterboard products this week. Among those are the Multistop 3, Multistop 5 and Impactstop, which are all available in either 13 or 16mm thickness. The Multistop ranges are ideal solutions for projects that demand fire, impact, sound and water resistance for internal wall and ceiling linings. Both the Multistop 3 and

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In the spotlight: Office Spectrum rejuvenates Fairfax office

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In one of the most influential buildings in Sydney, GECA licensee Office Spectrum shows that it’s time to shed the notion that recycled content looks shabby. The organisation which specialises in taking old workstations and reworking them to make them suitable for use again has done exactly that to old Fairfax media workstations, giving the media giant’s offices a much needed revamp.

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New adhesives standard on the way

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Recognising the desire by companies to demonstrate the environmental preferability of their adhesive and related products, GECA is updating its Adhesives standard. As well as updating criteria, the new standard will see its scope changed to include joint sealants and fillers, but most likely will be narrowed down to products used in building work...

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More GECA standards to be recognised by GBCA

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We are pleased to announce that swift progress is being made in getting more GECA standards recognised by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). In October the GBCA announced its intention to expand an existing Assessment Framework, enabling more GECA standards to be recognised. This has now occurred.

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Green behaviour encouraged through strengthened environmental self-identity

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Campaigns which remind individuals of the environmentally-friendly actions they already perform may motivate them to even more pro-environmental behaviours, new research from the EU suggests. If people identify themselves as environmentally-friendly, they are more likely to carry out green actions, even in the absence of any incentive.

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Cleaning up with big savings

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Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) is reaping some big savings thanks to choosing GECA certified products from Environmental Fluid Systems (EFS). With the help of EFS, FMG identified and mitigated a major health risk and sustainability hazard associated with its rail operation by substituting dangerous products with safe ones.

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SBA event: Outcomes from Warsaw - Insights from COP 19

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How do we achieve high growth with low emissions? This societal challenge, and the role that business plays, will be explored in the context of the recent UN Conference in Warsaw.

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The future of Green Star explained

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On Tuesday November 19 GECA held a Green Star information session and AGM at the Commonwealth Bank Place, Darling Harbour. This session was an opportunity to bring together GECA licensees and members, product specifiers including architects, engineers and designers, green star practitioners and provided an introduction to both the Commonwealth Bank Place and the future of Green Star.

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Green Star information session and GECA AGM

Commonwealth Bank Place, 1 Harbour Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
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Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) invites you to the recently completed Commonwealth Bank Place for an informative session on the future of the Green Building Council of Australia's (GBCA) Green Star program.

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GECA meets with global partners

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GECA CEO Rupert Posner joined his counterparts from the Global Ecolabelling Network’s (GEN) 26 members from 60 countries in Brussels this month to discuss issues regarding the labeling of sustainable products and services.

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New products: Innova achieves certification for its Rim Fabrics Honeycomb range

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This week Innova achieved certification for its Rim Fabrics Honeycomb range of fabrics; adding it to its existing GECA licence in addition to the Evolve, Fusion and Harmony ranges. Aptly named Honeycomb TA 412, the product is inspired by nature and features intricate gossamer hive forms reminiscent of timeless bee creations.

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In the spotlight: Enviro range recycled resin stronger than virgin resin

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The Enviro range by Okka Products forms part of a specialist range of material handling plastic products from leading injection moulding and plastics manufacturer and GECA licensee A Plus Plastics. The Enviro range is an exciting product that is changing the way crates are manufactured, recycled and used.

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New products: Sturdy Framac adds new products to GECA licence

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GECA licensee Sturdy Framac adds a selection of lounges and chairs to its licence this week in addition to its list of certified, Green Star applicable items. The new items added are the Tafe Lounge, Euro Lounge, Hamilton Lounge, Momo Lounge, Alpha Lounge, Globe Lounge, Broadway Tub Chair, Rachel Tub Chair, Regent Tub Chair, Verona Lounge, Sienna Lounge, Amalfi Lounge, Genesis Lounge, Venetian Lounge and Atari Lounge.

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GECA’s Machine Dishwashing Detergents Standard is now open for public comment

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A minor revision of GECA’s Machine Dishwashing Detergents Standard was undertaken to widen the scope and incorporate requirements for detergents used in commercial dishwashing machines. GECA is pleased to issue for public comment the revised draft standard for environmentally preferable machine dishwashing detergents.

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New products: Jardan adds products to GECA licence

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This week, long-standing GECA licensee Jardan achieved certification for five more of its products. Meeting all the requirements set out in the Furniture, Fittings and Foam standard, Jardan has been granted certification for its Wilfed, Seb, Sidney, Harrison, Navy and Stanley Stool. All additional products are recognised as Level A & B except the Stanley Stool, which is recognised as Level B.

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2 for 1 tickets to Grand Designs Live

Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre and Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
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The much anticipated home and interiors show, Grand Designs Live 2013 is nearly here. This year’s event will showcase the best of building and interiors over a full weekend and is set to be an extraordinary experience.

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New products: Egetaeper and Rugs, Carpet & Design add new items to their licences

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This week we are happy to announce six products have passed their audit to achieve GECA certification. The Una Mini Cut, Epoca Plait, Epoca Structure, Una Mini Loop, Una Mini Loop Modular and Una Mini Cut Modular products have been added to Egetaeper's and Rugs, Carpet & Design's licences. Certification has been granted in addition to the existing 32 products that have already achieved certification on these same licences.

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New product: Matrix Workstation by Specfurn achieves certification

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We’re pleased to announce that GECA licensee Specfurn Commercial Furniture has achieved certification on a fourth product. The Matrix Workstation System is now verified as being environmentally preferable and meets all the requirements outlined by GECA’s Furniture, Fittings and Foam standard.

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In the spotlight: Studform selected for Adelaide’s Tower 8 building

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Tower 8 is an exciting new development in Adelaide’s city centre precinct, which sits on the North Eastern corner of Franklin and Bentham Streets and acts as a southern gateway to the City Central Precinct. Completed in September 2012, GECA licensee Studform was selected to complete the aluminium partitions, ornate commercial doors and washroom cubicle packages.

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More GECA standards may soon be recognised by the GBCA

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The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is planning to expand an existing Assessment Framework, meaning more GECA standards may be recognised next year. This new expansion would enable adhesives and paints to be recognised for fitout submissions, and cleaning products to be recognised by the Green Star Performance tool. More GECA certified products may therefore support Green Star developments achieve their Green Star rating.

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Australian Sustainability Conference & Exhibition highlights relationship between business and sustainability

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The second annual Australian Sustainability Conference & Exhibition took place on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th October and was a thought-provoking and engaging event bringing together leading practitioners from around the country. The Hon. Greg Hunt provided the opening address and spoke on the theme of turning vision to action. His address was the first major presentation outlining the government's sustainability agenda.

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New Environment Minister to open Australian Sustainability Conference and Exhibition

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In his first major address on the Abbott Government's environment agenda to the business community, the Hon. Greg Hunt will speak at the Australian Sustainability Conference and Exhibition. Mr Hunt will provide the opening address on 9 October and will speak on the theme of turning vision to action. The Australian Sustainability Conference and Exhibition brings together leading practitioners and strategic thinkers from around the world in this growing industry.

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New products: Comseat adds three more items to its GECA licence

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Comseat specialises in furniture items that are suitable for commercial fitouts including healthcare, industrial and office environments. The full ranges of Scorpion chairs, Block Tub ottomans and Spirit lounges have now been approved as sustainably preferable. All Comseat’s products are Green Star applicable making them eligible for Green Star projects.

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In the spotlight: GECA certified product from Sika Australia chosen for Perth Arena

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Completed earlier this year, the latest addition to Perth’s landscape is its new Perth Arena, which is a boutique multi-purpose sports and entertainment stadium. The striking, innovative and architecturally-designed West Australian landmark demanded a mix of aesthetic and performance focused surface solutions. This multi-award winning project, which was conceived by ARM Architecture, features a flexible design and striking façade.

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Climate change leaders urge corporate Australia to mitigate environmental impact

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Interviews conducted by The Bravery is Here show that Australia’s leading climate change business experts are urging corporate Australia to continue to mitigate climate risk and environmental impact. This information comes following the launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report which was released on Friday 27 Sep, and ahead of Australia’s largest business and government sustainability event of the year — the Australian Sustainability Conference.

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In the spotlight: Australian Workstation Manufacturers fits out The White Agency

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Australian Workstation Manufacturers (AWM) lately provided its GECA certified Monorail workstation over two floors of The White Agency’s primely located Sydney office at 1 Kent Street. The Monorail workstation achieved GECA certification in 2012 and is nearly 100 per cent recyclable. It is manufactured in AWM’s factory in Alexandria, which is ISO14001 certified meaning the factory meets environmental management systems standards.

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Green Interior Awards calling for entries

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GECA is proud to announce that it is a supporting partner of this year’s much anticipated Home Design Magazine Australian Living Green Interior Awards. The awards highlight those who choose to implement green interior products into their homes, offices, shops, educational facilities, hotels, restaurants and bars and are about celebrating designers' and individuals' commitment to sustainability. The awards are now open for entries.

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Businesses that looked beyond the election cycle are the big winners post-election

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As the dust settles on another election, for some Australian businesses, governments – along with their policies – will come and go, but those that have taken an approach of resilience and look beyond the election cycle have their business strategies intact. Typically election cycles and the period post-elections are marked by poor market performance and consumer confidence, “Uncertainty created by the election has certainly not helped support business action."

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In the spotlight: Jardan chosen to supply Science and Engineering Centre at QUT

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Melbourne furniture maker Jardan was recently chosen to supply a variety of colourful and contemporary GECA certified pieces for many common areas in the Science and Engineering Centre at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The Centre is a premier research base for science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the heart of Brisbane. Jardan supplied a range of Level A GECA certified products including the Horizon and Milo sofas, Kelly and Ned armchairs and Coast ottomans.

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GECA CEO Rupert Posner interviewed by Dynamic Business magazine

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Good Environmental Choice Australia's CEO Rupert Posner was recently interviewed by Dynamic Business magazine for his insights into the relationship between business and sustainability. Figures from the last two years show that, despite economical and political change, businesses are still implementing sustainability policies.

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Sydney Indesign panel discusses benefits of GECA

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Sydney Indesign was a resounding success that saw the display of an assortment of innovative and exciting designs. The main hub of the event — the Galleria — presented a number of discussions; one of which GECA was led by GECA. The discussion showed the benefits and importance of GECA as well as the demand for it from the perspective of licensees and specifiers.

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In the spotlight: Ridley Scott uses GECA certified products

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The newest film from acclaimed director and producer Ridley Scott hit the big screens last year with a cameo appearance from the GECA certified Brainwash tables. Prometheus is set in the year 2089 and takes viewers on a journey not to the end of existence, but the beginning. It has been dubbed sci-fi birth as opposed to the often-seen sci-fi apocalypse. The tables appear in one of the early scenes of the film in the crew dining hall on board the Prometheus Spaceship.

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Interview with car-loving industrial designer of GECA certified products

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If there was ever any doubt that people are full of contradictions, just spend some time with industrial designer Taku Kumazawa. The creator of the GECA certified Tipo mesh stacking chair, and CTZ tilt-top table turns out to be a bit of a rev head, admitting that he secretly covets a gas-guzzling 1970’s lime-green Porsche 911 with a whale tail.

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Survey shows sustainable processes of manufacturers and government services

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BSI incorporating NCSI has released its second biannual industry survey. Findings show that government organisations are lagging in sustainability practices. According to the Corporate Environmental & Sustainability Governance Survey 2013, 100 per cent of manufacturers indicated they have environmental and sustainability policies, conducted energy audits, and implemented energy efficient processes

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What is an ecolabel and how can it help? GECA CEO interviewed by Otter

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Rupert Posner from Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) recently answered questions for website and blog Otter. Otter is dedicated to helping consumers make more sustainable choices and selects a well-known figure in the sustainability sphere to interview each issue. The interview explores concerns such as confusion regarding ecolabels; current pressing sustainability issues; how this relates to consumers; how GECA can help; and where you can purchase GECA certified products.

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Revision of Paper and Textiles standards

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GECA is about to commence the revision of its standards that cover paper products and calls on interested, experienced stakeholders for their input. This process includes consultation with a Technical Advisory Group (TAG). The TAG functions as an interactive group who will work with GECA to assist in developing its standards and setting high environmental goals that are still achievable.

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Help with product stewardship is at hand

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An innovative environmentally and socially responsible Melbourne-based company is doing great things in the world of recycling. Using products that would otherwise end up in landfill, Green Collect utilises one man’s trash to create another man’s treasure. Materials are carefully collected, sorted, disassembled and remade by hand by people re-entering work after long periods of unemployment or homelessness.

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GECA teams up as event partner for Australian Sustainability Conference

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Australia’s largest sustainability event for business will be forming a strategic partnership with GECA, along with Sustainable Business Australia and the Banksia Foundation. Our CEO Rupert Posner is a member of the conference advisory board and will chair a number of sessions. It's a great opportunity to find out about the latest in the sustainability space and earlybird rates end soon.

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Canberra’s new East Hotel gets GECA fitout

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The East Hotel in Canberra is fast gaining recognition for being one of the cooler spots in town. Its location; flanked by the trendy suburbs of Kingston and Manuka certainly gives it a foot in the door, but its fitout really gives it an extra edge. Recently conceived by local Canberran Dan Bisa, the hotel is dressed from head-to-toe with beautiful GECA certified products from long-standing GECA licensee KE-ZU.

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In the spotlight: Regupol celebrates completion of The Kidstore in Victoria

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GECA licensee Regupol has recently completed the flooring within a number of exciting retail projects, in particular, The Kidstores in Victoria. Both everroll Star Berlin and everroll Endurance Berlin in 4mm thickness were installed at the Fountain Gate, Chadstone and Northland stores. The Kids Store wanted an easy-to-clean flooring alternative that could be customised with colour to suit their company’s corporate design.

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GECA spotlight on our newest licensee Raeco

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Raeco® has completed 50 years creating exciting Library Spaces in Australia and Beyond. Public, School, University and Corporate Libraries, Raeco® covers almost every conceivable need for your library space. Innovative, flexible and functional library spaces using the latest in product designs and finishes.

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What makes a carpet environmentally friendly?

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Carpets can be made from natural fibres or synthetic fibres, or a combination of both. One is not necessarily better than the other. It is important to look at the entire life of the carpet before forming an opinion on its impact on the environment.

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GECA Licensee spotlight: Head Office Group

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As a responsible corporate citizen for over 20 years and a manufacturer since 1987, Head Office Group recognizes the importance of sustainable development, with a commitment to the environment and healthy workplaces.

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NEW STANDARD TO ALLAY CONSUMER CONCERNS

Consumers’ concerns about the use of palm oil, toxic chemicals and greenwashing in personal care products like shampoos and cosmetics have been addressed through the release of a new environmental standard by Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA).

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Innovation @ theReaDy Adelaide

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Innovation is the key long-term driver of sustained and sustainable economic development. But it is more than just developing new products. It is about reinventing business processes and building entirely new markets that meet untapped customer needs.

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GECA Licensee spotlight: Unifor

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A place of design and production, where advanced workmanship processes, experimentation and constant checking on qualitative levels coexist with handicraft know-how and the ability to adapt to the needs of the customer.

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GECA Licensee spotlight: Forbo Flooring Systems

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Creating better environments begins with caring for the environment. For more than 100 years, inspired by the world around us, Forbo Flooring Systems has been producing floor coverings. State of the art production processes minimise the impact on our environment.

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Helping housekeepers operate sustainably

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The hospitality sector is well aware of the need to meet customers’ sustainability expectations. And it, like other business sectors, appreciates tools that make it easier for them to achieve this, such as the Good Environmental Choice (GECA) ecolabel.

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GECA licensee spotlight: Sustainable Living Fabrics

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Sustainable Living Fabrics aims to minimise its environmental footprint from the farm to the furniture for every fabric range. Sustainable Living Fabrics is an environmental leader setting itself apart by having every fabric range in it's Green Living Collection independently accredited as environmentally preferable.

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Innovation @ theReaDy Melbourne

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Innovation is the key long-term driver of sustained and sustainable economic development. But it is more than just developing new products. It is about reinventing business processes and building entirely new markets that meet untapped customer needs. It is also about selecting and executing the right ideas and bringing them to domestic and international markets in record time.

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GECA Licensee spotlight: Specfurn Commercial Furniture

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The spotlight this week is on our newest licencee, Specfurn Commercial Furniture. Specfurn Commercial Furniture is a Queensland owned and operated business providing commercial furniture solutions nationwide, encompassing workstation systems, storage solutions, ergonomic seating, boardroom/meeting furniture and hospitality/cafe furniture.

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Sustainable Australia – How does GECA contribute?

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Last week Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) attended the release of the National Sustainability Council's first biennial report, Sustainable Australia 2013: Conversations with the Future. This report documents the current status of Australia in relation to social, environmental and economic sustainability indicators.

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GECA Licensee spotlight: Herbon Natural Products

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Herbon was founded in 1982 (formerly known as Puren Australia) by an industrial chemist who was actively involved in the research and development of environmentally preferable and allergy free products.

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NCS International joins forces with BSI

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Auditor of the GECA Scheme, NSC International (NCSI), has been acquired by the world's first National Standards Body, founding member of ISO and fourth largest global certification body BSI from the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA).

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GECA licensees promoted to facilities managers

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Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) is committed to driving sustainable consumption by increasing the uptake GECA certified products, particularly by promoting them to important stakeholders.

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GECA Licensee spotlight: Jardan

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As an Australian family-owned furniture business in operation since 1987, we know there is no machine that can truly replace the hand or the eye. Every Jardan piece is crafted to order in Melbourne, with care and precision, by hand.

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GECA Licensee spotlight: Madinoz Architectural Hardware

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Working closely with designers and architects, Madinoz offer superior Architectural Hardware with a distinctive design theme. Designed specifically with project needs in mind, the Madinoz Architectural Hardware range is made in Australia with premium grade materials to ensure lifelong use and endless appeal.

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What makes a paint environmentally preferable?

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Paint is made from three basic ingredients: pigment, binder and solvent. In addition to these it can contain a variety of additives, including biocides (to prevent bacteria or fungal growth in the can or on the painted surface). Each of these ingredients can have an impact on the environment during the life cycle of the paint.

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Informing architects and specifiers

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As part of Designex 25 in Melbourne, on 31 May GECA will hold an information session on environmentally preferable products and the role of third party certification. This session will explain the benefits of using environmentally preferable products and in particular how to guarantee a product’s claim through independent third party certification.

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GECA Licensee spotlight: Nikpol

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A 100% Australian company, Nikpol is a leading Australian supplier of cabinet materials and hardware, decorative surfaces, appliances, drawer systems, doors and hinges.

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GECA licensee spotlight: Just Mats

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We would like to thank Just Mats for the GECA certified RolaDek mat it has installed in our Surry Hills office. Just Mats tells us that every person working in a commercial building, can bring in up to 2.5 kilograms of dirt, just on their feet, every year. This translates to tons of damaging abrasive material, potentially destroying surface finishes such as timber, marble & granite floors, reducing the life of quality entrances.

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GECA licensee spotlight: BGC Plasterboard

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BGC Plasterboard products are manufactured in Perth, Western Australia. Our state-of-the-art complex comprises a 56,000m2 parcel of land, incorporating a 32,000m2 building to house the production, warehousing and dispatch facilities.

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GECA licensee spotlight: Haworth Australia

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When it comes to leaving the world a little cleaner, healthier and more plentiful than how we find it, Haworth believes that we need to manage all our assets with a view toward the future. The result of this thinking is a business model that emphasizes people as much as environmental performance – otherwise known as the triple bottom line.

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GECA maintains close relationship with GBCA

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Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) was pleased to exhibit at Green Cities 2013 last week in Sydney. Now in its seventh year, Green Cities is an annual conference and exhibition co-hosted by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and Property Council of Australia.

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GECA licensee spotlight: Warwick Fabrics

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With companies based in Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and other global affiliations, Warwick Fabrics are at the forefront of international design and distribution, exporting interior upholstery and window covering textiles to over 50 countries.

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GECA licensee spotlight: Corporate Culture

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In 1997, Corporate Culture was formed to provide not only exceptional designer furniture, but also a high level of customer service, a combination not yet experienced in the Australian marketplace.

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GECA licensee spotlight: Woven Image

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Woven Image has been designing, manufacturing and distributing innovative fabrics in Australia and overseas for over 20 years. As an Australian company serving designers, specifiers and customers worldwide, we are committed to minimising our environmental impacts and producing high quality fabrics and textile designs. Within this context, Woven Image understands the value and importance of being a responsible company, which consistently delivers environmentally improved products and services.

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Listen to our CEO on ABC radio...

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"CLEANING UP GREEN CLAIMS" Our new CEO, Rupert Posner has been busy this morning, with interviews on ABC News24, ABC Radio Newcastle and ABC Radio North Queensland. Listen here >

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MEDIA RELEASE: "CLEANING UP GREEN CLAIMS"

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Confusion about the authenticity of green claims on cleaning products can now be solved with the release of a new Cleaning Products Standard by not-for-profit Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA), which runs the country’s only transparent and independently audited multi-sector green certification program >>>

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NCSI's 5 minute Corporate Sustainability & Climate Change Survey

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Our auditing partners, NCS International would like you to take their '5 minute Corporate Sustainability Climate Change Survey'. In return, they'll donate $20 to the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) for every completed survey and send you a copy of their 'Benchmarking Report' when the survey wraps up!

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GECA AGM and Speaker Forum 2012

'The Night Parrot' @ The Australian Museum, Sydney (enter via William Street)
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The GECA AGM and Speaker Event was held at the Australian Museum's historic 'Night Parrot' venue.

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GECA appoints Rupert Posner as CEO

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Rupert Posner, the newly appointed CEO of Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA), says consumers need independent reassurance to avoid being taken in by greenwash. “I’m excited to join Australia’s national ecolabelling program. The program makes it easier to choose products that are genuinely better for the environment,” said Mr Posner.

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Introducing the first of our Consumer Information pages

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In response to the increasing demand for clear information for green-consumers GECA launches a new series of 'Consumer Information' pages. The first of which has been created to coincide with the launch of our new Cleaning Products standard.

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'Total Facilities Live' (19-20 July 2012)

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On 19-20 July, GECA exhibited at Total Facilities Live, Sydney. Billed as Australia’s largest exhibition and conference for building operators, managers and facility professionals, we made many new friends and met up with quite a few old ones as well.

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A new Paints and Coatings standard

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After invaluable input from stakeholders and a period of public consultation, we are very please to announce our new Paints and Coatings standard for Australia.

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Plaster Chalks up Green Points

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This article in BPN Magazine’s February 2012 issue details how panel board products can be more sustainable.

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Put Your Guests' Mind to Rest

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Put Your Guests’ Mind to Rest’ is a GECA-authored article which appears in The Executive Housekeeper Magazine

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