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PolyVision has also met the coveted high qualifications set by the GEI for products that will be used by children in schools and daycare facilities. More susceptible to exposure of environmental toxins, children consume more food, water, and have higher inhalation rates per pound of body weight than adults. In support of this, the GEI has established controls to define low-emitting materials for educational and learning/play environments for young children.
"PolyVision is thrilled to be the first and only manufacturer in the industry to receive GREENGUARD Certification for markerboards and tackboards," said Mike Dunn, CEO and President of PolyVision. "This is one additional step we have taken to fulfil PolyVision's broader commitment to the environment and to continue to provide products that best support the needs - and the health - of our customers."
To be certified, PolyVision engaged in numerous indoor air quality examinations where emissions testing was performed on all products in each certification category to determine that the products comply with the emissions levels set. This process is ongoing and PolyVision will undergo quarterly and annual confirmation testing of products represented in each certification category.
"At GEI we are committed to improving public health and quality of life through programs that improve indoor air," said Carl Smith, CEO and Executive Director of GEI. "We are delighted that PolyVision has made GREENGUARD part of their vision of a green environment. They should be recognized for taking a leadership position in the marker and tack board industry and for their significant commitment to the environment and to the safety of their products."
PolyVision will have a presence in showrooms 303, 1032, and 11-100 at this year's NeoCon World's Trade Fair in Chicago, Illinois. The company will showcase several of the GREENGUARD Certified markerboards from their Premium Whiteboard Line, their new collaboration tool - Thunder(TM) Virtual Flipchart(TM) System, and a broad portfolio of interactive products.
About the Greenguard Environmental Institute
The Greenguard Environmental Institute(TM) (GEI) is an industry-independent, non-profit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification Program. As an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer, GEI establishes acceptable indoor air standards for indoor products, environments, and buildings. GEI's mission is to improve public health and quality of life through programs that improve indoor air. A GEI Advisory Board consisting of independent volunteers, who are renowned experts in the areas of indoor air quality, public and environmental health, building design and construction, and public policy, provides guidance and leadership to GEI.
About NeoCon World's Trade Fair
NeoCon is the contract furnishings industry's premier event and North America's largest conference and exhibition for interior design and facilities management. Throughout the three-day show, trade professionals will discover state-of-the-art concepts for office, health care, hospitality, residential, institutional and government environments, all under one roof, on 10 floors of The Merchandise Mart.
NeoCon World's Trade Fair is a registered trademark of Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI).
About PolyVision Corporation, a Steelcase Company
PolyVision Corporation enhances the way people learn, work, and communicate visually through a broad portfolio of products. Since 1954, PolyVision has focused on creating products and services that inspire users to be more productive, effective, and creative when collaborating and communicating visually. Whether it is developing the world's number one selling P3 ceramicsteel(R) surface, or creating the industry's first walk-up-and-use interactive whiteboard, PolyVision has an unparalleled track record of new breakthroughs in the visual communication market. For more information, visit www.polyvision.com.
Copyright Business Wire 2006
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