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AWFS adding “green” help desk

A new feature called the “Green Desk” will be launched at AWFS Vegas, scheduled for July 15-18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. The desk is a place where anyone in attendance can stop by to ask questions related to “green” practices and issues that are impacting virtually all businesses.

The “Green Desk” is one of several new features of the 2009 show designed to impart additional benefits to attendees as well as exhibitors in a climate of change and economic uncertainty.

Experts from a variety of professional organizations will act as hosts on the desk throughout all four days of the show. They will address questions on sustainability practices, environmentally friendly products, building and product certifications, as well as state and regulations affecting the industry.

The “Green Desk” will be located in the main lobby of the show and readily accessible to all showgoers.

Desk hosts are experts from national environmental organizations and industry associations with sustainability programs. They include the Manufacturing Extension Partnership “Lean and Clean” program, which combines the strengths of lean manufacturing with green strategies; the Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Air Resource Board, initiators of the regulations on formaldehyde in composite wood products. Groups that monitor forest management and chain of custody will include Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forest Initiative, and Scientific Certification Systems.

Also represented are the Sustainable Furnishings Council and the U.S. Green Building Council, originators of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building certification. Trade organizations with environmental programs up and running include the Composite Panel Association and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association.

Attendees interested in environmental topics can also take advantage of seminars on safety and the environment and new Going Green tracks of the show’s seminar program.

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