01/24/2011

National Office Furniture Announces Partnerships for Environmental Stewardship

 

JASPER, IN— Building upon its rich heritage of social and environmental stewardship, National Office Furniture understands that sustainability is a team effort and alignment with responsible organizations can yield greater results. National recently announced partnerships with ecoScorecard and ANEW (Asset Network for Education Worldwide) to ensure sustainable information, solutions and programs are readily accessible for efficient, responsible decision making when purchasing furniture.

National’s full product portfolio is now live on ecoScorecard. The web-based tool consolidates sustainable product information in one place for significant time savings when compiling environmental product information. Free to use and available 24/7, ecoScorecard simplifies the process of searching, comparing and evaluating National’s products as well as easily calculating and producing documentation for LEED® and other green rating systems.

“Green building is only going to continue to grow in prominence. And to help those whose job it is to deliver the best possible environment to the building owner, and everyone in the design and build process, documentation has to become simpler. We continue to be impressed with manufacturers committed to making the green building easier. National’s utilization of ecoScorecard is a terrific example of a company that wants to see green building get done,” said Martin Flaherty, president of ecoScorecard.

In addition to ecoScorecard, National offers a take back program through a partnership with non-profit organization, ANEW. “Doing what’s right with what’s left®,” ANEW works with organizations to collect, organize and repurpose furniture and other items for donation to the underserved resulting in landfill diversion, cost savings and social responsibility.

About ecoScorecard
Introduced in 2007, ecoScorecard (SM) provides product specifiers the ability to search and evaluate products based on environmental characteristics. The program does the calculations necessary for rating systems such as LEED, GGHC, Labs 21 and CHPS and includes and accounts for other third-party product certifications. The tool produces the product documentation necessary for inclusion in the submission process. ecoScorecard is free to users and is supported by manufacturers interested in making the specification of green products easier for customers and salespeople. For more information, visit www.ecoscorecard.com.

About ANEW
ANEW (Asset Network for Education Worldwide) is a public, non-profit foundation dedicated to collecting, organizing and repurposing surplus furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) for donation to the underprivileged and others. What ANEW cannot repurpose, it recycles. For more information, visit www.anewfound.org

About National Office Furniture
National Office Furniture, (Furniture with Personality®), a brand unit of Kimball International Inc., is a Jasper, IN-based manufacturer of high-quality office furnishings. Since 1980 National has built a reputation for excellence with stylish furniture of exceptional value; a dedication to personalized service; product designs that reflect a passion for the user's comfort and productivity; and a commitment to environmental responsibility. For more information about National and its products, visit: www.NationalOfficeFurniture.com.

 

 
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