Practices in Berkeley, Chicago and Dallas Receive Industry’s First-ever Green Certification for Dental Offices
BERKELEY, California (March 2, 2010) The Eco-Dentistry Association (EDA), an international association promoting environmentally sound practices in dentistry, announces a powerful new offering for dental professionals. The EDA’s GreenDOC Dental Office Certification Program is the only green business certification designed specifically for dentistry. The program provides everything dentists need to achieve their perfect shade of green.
Transcendentist in Berkeley, Pure Dental in Dallas and ORA Dental Studio in Chicago became the organization’s first recipients of GreenDOC certification. The EDA announced the first Charter-Certified Offices at the Chicago Mid-Winter Dental Meeting in February 25-27, 2010.
The GreenDOC™ Checklist of Standards for Green Dental Practice is the foundation of the GreenDOC™ program, providing comprehensive eco-friendly initiatives in eight implementation categories. The GreenDOC™ Checklist is available to EDA members on the Association’s website at www.ecodentistry.org/GreenDOC.
The GreenDOC™ Product Guide is the industry’s comprehensive listing of products and services that green dental offices need to go green and stay green. The EDA has sourced the products and services that share a vision for clean, green dentistry, making it easy for dental professionals to achieve earth friendly initiatives. Products and services appear in one or more of the following GreenDOC™ categories: Sustainable Location; Waste Reduction; Pollution Prevention; Energy Conservation; Water Conservation; Patient Care, Workplace Policies, and Community Contribution; Leadership, and Innovation.
Combined, the GreenDOC Product Guide and GreenDOC™ Checklist provide dentists with the first key steps to greening their dental practice. “Where do I start, and what products do I use? These are the two most common requests we receive from dental professionals,” said Susan Beck, Director of the Eco-Dentistry Association. “Used together, the GreenDOC ™ Product Guide and Checklist make the perfect going green starter kit for dental professionals.”
Additional components of the GreenDOC™ Program lead dental practitioners through a rigorous but attainable certification program. GreenDOC™ “How To” Guides, Action Plans and Worksheets make it simple for dental professionals to meet specific goals to achieve Bronze, Silver, or Gold Certification. As a part of the program’s international launch, the EDA encourages dental offices to register to be one of the 1st 100 certified offices and become a Charter-Certified Office.
About the Eco-Dentistry Association
The EDA offers dental professionals’ practical tips on incorporating eco-friendly dental methods and practices, and offers the public access to dental professionals that share their values of wellness and environmental stewardship. The EDA’s members are located in 42 U.S. States and 11 countries. The organization was co-founded by Dr. Fred Pockrass, a dentist, and his entrepreneur wife, Ina Pockrass, who together created the model for eco-friendly dentistry, and operate their own award winning dental practice in Berkeley, California, the first in the country to be certified as a green business. They formed the organization to stimulate a movement in the dental industry to employ environmentally-sound practices, like reducing waste and pollution, saving energy, water and money, incorporating wellness-based methods and the best technological advances in dentistry.
More information can be found at www.ecodentistry.org