Certified B Corporations meet comprehensive and transparent social and environmental standards and legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of interests of all stakeholders, including employees, suppliers, community, and the environment. Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy purchases are part of the requirements to become a B Corp. B Lab is the nonprofit organization that certifies and rates B Corporations through its B Ratings System. By becoming a B Corporation, companies leverage their leadership to influence the market beyond the success of their individual company, helping to build a new sector of the economy which harnesses the power of private enterprise for public benefit. Over the long term, the growing B Corporation community builds constituency for the creation of mission-aligned capital markets and tax, investment, and purchasing incentives for B Corporations. For more information, see B Corporation.
MBDC is a consultancy founded in 1995 by architect/designer William McDonough and chemist Dr. Michael Braungart to help clients integrate the Cradle to Cradle® framework into their products, operations, and organizations to eliminate the concept of waste through innovative design. Cradle to Cradle design calls for products to be developed for closed-loop systems in which every ingredient is safe and beneficial—either to biodegrade naturally and restore the soil, or be fully recycled into high-quality materials for subsequent product generations ("waste equals food"). In addition, operations would be designed to be powered by renewable energy and respect people and ecosystems. Cradle to Cradle Certification permits an organization to tangibly and credibly demonstrate its efforts in the eco-effective design of products and materials. The label of Cradle to Cradle Certified identifies products that meet multi-attribute criteria for human and environmental health, recyclability/compostability, renewable energy use, water stewardship, and social responsibility. Products certified at the Gold or Platinum levels must be manufactured using renewable energy and any RECs purchased must be Green-e Energy Certified. For more information, see Cradle to Cradle Certification.
LEED is an internationally recognized certification system that measures how well a building or community performs across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
Builders wishing to earn LEED credit on new buildings and major renovations can earn points for developing on-site renewable systems or buying renewable energy that has been certified by Green-e Energy. This green power requirement is intended to "encourage the development and use of grid-source, renewable energy technologies on a net zero pollution basis," and requires at least a two-year contract to provide at least 35 percent of the building's electricity from renewable sources, as defined by Green-e Energy. For more information, see the USGBC's LEED website.