The USZWBC will be integrated into the global GBCI community, which drives sustainability across all sectors. GBCI will assume responsibility for the ongoing management and evolution of the Zero Waste Facility Certification and Zero Waste Business Associate programs created by USZWBC, and the zero-waste principles will be aligned with GBCI’s offerings.
“GBCI is taking another important step toward creating a holistic strategy for green business that began when the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched the LEED green-building rating system 16 years ago,” Mahesh Ramanujam, president, GBCI, and chief operating officer, USGBC, said. “By reducing and eliminating the volume and toxicity of waste and materials and aligning green rating systems, we are one step further in transforming the market to be more sustainable.”
Zero Waste Facility Certification is based on the peer-reviewed, internationally accepted definition of zero waste developed by the Zero Waste International Alliance and has been aligned with credit requirements of LEED for Buildings Operations and Maintenance. Zero Waste Business Associates help implement best practices and measure progress toward achieving zero-waste goals and certification. Businesses, organizations, and communities that divert more than 90 percent of waste from landfills, incinerators, and the environment are considered to be successful in achieving zero waste.