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"EPA Recommended" Icon Announced By GSA

Friday, February 17, 2017  
Posted by: Brad Miller
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New "EPA Recommended" Icon Announced By GSA 
level® Certified Furniture Products To Be More Easily Found
Grand Rapids, Mich., February 17, 2017 - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) added a new icon to their GSAAdvantage! online shopping and ordering service last week and an "EPA Recommended" icon will now identify products that conform to standards, certifications, and ecolabels such as the level Certification Program that have been recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. 

These recognitions distinguish the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard standard for creating positive, measurable, and meaningful changes in the environmental performance of products. level is the largest certification program recommended for furniture with over 3,700 certified products. More information on the GSA announcement and EPA recommendations can be found at the following website:
The new website was created for quick retrieval of information on the government's recommendation and use of BIFMA standards. The Federal Government is one of the largest purchasers of furniture and employs over 30,000 procurement professionals. The recommendation and new icon announcements are important developments for any manufacturer selling to the federal government and BIFMA believes that the recommended programs will be increasingly sought out by private sector purchasers as well. 

It is a testament to the many years of hard work, collaboration with stakeholders outside of the industry, and the transparency of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process that BIFMA standards are becoming preferred.

For additional information, please contact Brad Miller of BIFMA at or by phone at 616-285-3963.


BIFMA is the not-for-profit trade association for business and institutional furniture manufacturers. Since 1973, BIFMA has sponsored the development and refinement of current and future furniture standards, educates on their importance and application, and translates their necessary complexity into more easily understood formats. BIFMA also monitors the state of the industry, serves as a forum for member cooperation and collaboration, interacts with international counterparts, and advocates for regulatory conditions that foster value and innovation.