Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the world’s leading sustainability and health certification and credentialing body, has announced that it has surpassed 200 TRUE certified projects. TRUE (or Total Resource Use and Efficiency) is administered by GBCI and is the first zero waste certification program dedicated to measuring, improving and recognizing zero waste performance by encouraging the adoption of sustainable waste management and reduction practices that contribute to positive environmental, health and economic outcomes.
Facilities achieve TRUE certification by meeting an average of 90% or greater overall waste diversion from landfill, incineration (waste-to-energy) and the environment over a period of 12 months, as well as implementing minimum program requirements within the TRUE Rating System. With more than 86 million square feet certified across 16 countries, TRUE projects have been able to divert a total of 3,075,301 tons of waste from landfill since 2017 — a number that increases daily. TRUE certification also helps these projects collectively average an estimated savings of more than $47.5 million per year.
Global organizations are deploying TRUE as their zero waste management system to meet their sustainability and corporate social responsibility goals, achieve carbon emission and waste reduction targets, standardize implementation practices in their operations and streamline their educational efforts to onboard their staff. This includes Colgate Palmolive, a global household and consumer product manufacturer. With 22 TRUE certified manufacturing facilities across the world covering 12 countries and five continents, Colgate currently has the largest portfolio of TRUE certified projects, and in their 2021 Sustainability & Social Impact Strategy committed to certifying 100% of their global operations to TRUE as part of their efforts to create a healthier, more sustainable future for all.
In March 2021, Brookfield Properties’ Ecoworld campus in Bengaluru, India recently became the first commercial office complex to achieve TRUE in India and Southeast Asia. The TRUE Gold campus achieved a 95% waste diversion rate over a 12-month period, and recycles over 1,200 tons of waste every year through use of an IoT-based waste management system. Strategies employed at Ecoworld that contributed to its certification include implementing a reduce-reuse-recycle approach, diverting solid and wet waste which would have otherwise gone to the landfill, continuous monitoring of waste generation in real time through IOT applications, practicing zero waste purchasing and implementing employee trainings and workshops around waste management to drive awareness.