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GO "GREEN"

 
CCS first developed "green" capabilities in 1985. In those early years, we referred to our capabilities as "holistic chemical hazard assessments." We began by compiling chemical hazards that included acute and chronic health, flammability, reactivity/explosive, air-water-soil environmental effects, and special hazards (corrosive, radioactive, water-reactive, oxidizer). By 1993, when the term "environmentally preferable" was first defined as having a "lesser or reduced effect in human health and environment" in Executive Order 12873, Federal Acquisition, Recycling and Waste Prevention, CCS realized our existing chemical database allowed us to do semi-quantitative chemical comparisons and, thereby, rank the "environmental preferability" of chemicals. By 2004, when the federal Joint Group on Environmental Attributes first utilized the term "green" procurement, CCS had our "Green" Munitions Analytical Compliance System (G-MACS) available on the Internet for more than a year. CCS now has Web-based "green" analytical compliance systems for chemicals, products, processes, munitions, life cycle (cradle-to-cradle), and chemicals of concern ranking. All of these systems draw their data from our Relational Chemicals and Products Database (R-CPD) and utilize 44 ecological, health and safety endpoint criteria to quantitatively calculate the "green" grade.
 
Chemical data values for each endpoint criteria in each of our "green" modules have been normalized on a scale of 0% (worst) to 100% (best). Each system combines the normalized chemical data values for specified constituents, weights them according to their constituent percentage, and carries them to the subcategory and category (i.e., ecological, health, safety) "green" scores, and then to the overall "green" grade for the chemical, product, process, or the munition being evaluated. Each analysis is completed within 5-20 seconds. Each of these modules also includes alternative chemical data tables and at least 112 state, federal, international, and over 700 chemical regulatory lists.
 
The product, process, and munition modules each has design and evaluation capabilities that enable chemists/engineers to design "greener" products/processes up front; and acquisition, regulatory and ecological/health/safety professionals to assess, or compare, the "greenness" of the overall product/process (wastestream) to the level of detail they require. Each of these modules simultaneously identifies the regulatory impact of the overall product/process, parts or components, or individual constituents. These tools enable regulatory agencies, or organizations higher in the supply chain, to partner with industry, or organizations lower in the supply chain, to establish objective and quantitative "green" standards, or performance measures, for products and processes that can be incrementally increased over time and applied fairly to both small and large companies. The modules can also protect proprietary supplier information, but still provide quantitative "green" assessments.
 
 
CHEMICALS
"Green" Chemical Data Delivery System GC-DDS
Chemicals of Concern COC


PRODUCTS
"Green" Products GP-CAS
"Green" Cleaning Products GCP-CAS
"Green" Electronics  
"Green" Apparel  
"Green" Cosmetics  
"Green" Furniture  


PROCESS
"Green" Process G-PACS
"Green" Cleaning Process GCP-PACS


MUNITIONS
"Green" Energetics GE-MACS
"Green" Munitions G-MACS
"Green" Process G-PACS
"Green" Life Cycle GLC-MACS
Constituents of Concern MACS-COC


LIFE CYCLE
"Green" Products / "Green" Process GP-CAS / G-PACS
"Green" Munitions / "Green" Process G-MACS / G-PACS


ALTERNATIVE CHEMICALS
"Green" Process  
"Green" Product  
"Green" Munitions  



 
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