We've dumped the alphabet soup out of our heads here. Please let us know if we've missed anything, won't you?


C2C- Cradle to Cradle
CHPS- Collaborative for High Performance Schools
CREL- Chronic Reference Exposure Limit
DfE- Design for Environment
EIS- Environmental Impact Statement
EPA- Environmental Protection Agency
EPD- Environmental Product Declaration
EPEA- Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency
EPR- Extended Producer Responsibility
EWG- Environmental Working Group
GC3- Green Chemistry and Commerce Council
GEI- Greenguard Environmental Institute
GPII- Green Products Innovation Initiative
HBN- Healthy Building Network
HCWH- Healthcare Without Harm
LCA- Lifecycle Assessment (alternately: Lifecycle Analysis)
MBDC- McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry
OE- Organic Exchange
REACH- Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals
SCAQMD- South Coast Air Quality Management District
SCS- Scientific Certification Systems
VOC- Volatile Organic Compound


ACCO- Association of Climate Change Officers
BALLE- Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
BSR- Businesses for Social Responsibility
CAR- Climate Action Reserve
CDP- Carbon Disclosure Project
CER- Certified Emission Reduction
CMIA- Carbon Markets & Investors Association
CO2- Carbon Dioxide
CO2e- Carbon Dioxide equivalent
CSR- Corporate Social Responsibility
DECC- Department of Environment and Climate Change
EDF- Environmental Defense Fund
EMAS- Environmental Management System
ERU- Emission Reduction Unit
ESG- Environmental, Social, and Governance
GHG- Greenhouse Gas
GRI- Global Reporting Initiative
ICROA- International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance
IIRC- International Integrated reporting COmmittee
IPCC- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
REC- Renewable Energy Credit
RGGI- Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
SRI- Socially Responsible Investing
VCS- Voluntary Carbon Standard
VER- Voluntary Emissions Reductions


ACEEE- American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
ACGIH- American Conference of Industrial Hygienists
ACH- Air changes per hour
ACT- Association for Contract Textiles
ADA- American Disabilities Act
AFUE- Annual fuel utilization efficiency
AHU- Air-handling units
AIB- Air infiltration barrier
ASHRAE- American Society of Heating, Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Engineers
BAS- Building automation system
BF- Ballast factor
BIFMA- Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association
BIPV- Building integrated photovoltaics
BRI- Building-related illness
BTU- British Thermal Unit
CARB- California Air Resources Board
CCL- Contaminant candidate list
CDD- Cooling Degree Days (annual)
CERCLA- Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
CFC- Chlorofluorocarbon
CFL- Compact Fluorescent
CHP- Combined heat and power
CLP- Connected lighting power
CO2- Carbon dioxide
COC- Chain-of-custody
CONEG- Coalition of Northeastern Governors
COP- Coefficient of performance
CPA- Concrete Paver Analyst
CRI- Carpet and Rug Institute
CrVI- Hexavalent chromium
CX- Commissioning
DDT- Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane
DECON- Design energy consumption
DECOS- Design energy cost
DfE- Design for the Environment
DS- Daylight sensing
DX- Direct expansion
ECB- Energy cost budget
EMS- Environmental Management System
EPA- Environmental Protection Agency
EPD- Environmental Product Declaration
EPEAT- Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool
EPP- Environmental Preferable Purchasing
ERR- Energy efficiency ratio
ERV- Energy recovery ventilator
ETS- Environmental Tobacco Smoke
ETV- Environmental Technology Verification
FAR- Floor area ratio
FC- Fluorocarbons
FDA- Food and Drug Administration
FSC- Forest Stewardship Council
FSI- Floor space index
FTC- Federal Trade Commission
GEI- Greenguard Environmental Institute
GRAS- Generally regarded as safe
GWP- Global warming potential
HAP- Hazardous air pollutants
HCFC- Hydrochlorofluorocarbons
HDD- Heating degree days
HPV- High production volume
HVAC- Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
IAPMO- International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials
IAQ- Indoor Air Quality
ICC- International Code Council
IPMVP- International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol
ISO- International Organization for Standardization
LCA- Life Cycle Assessment
LCC- Life cycle costing
LEED- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
LEED AP- LEED Accredited Professional
LEED GA- LEED Green Associate
LOHAS- Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability
MBDC- McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry
MDF- Medium density fiberboard
MERV- Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value
MSDS- Material safety data sheet
NEPSI- National Electronics Product Stewardship Initiative
NIOSH- National Institute for Occupational Safety
ODP- Ozone depletion potential
OSB- Oriented strandboard
OSHA- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
PBT- Persistent bio-accumulative toxin
PCB- Poly-chlorinated biphenyls
PF- Phenol-formaldehyde
POP- Persistent organic pollutants
PPB- Parts per billion
PPL- Priority Pollutants List (US)
PPM- Parts per million
PVC- Polyvinyl chloride
PVs- Photovoltaics
RCRA- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
REDD- Reducing Emissions for Deforestation and Forest Degradation
RFO- Request for Qualifications
ROHS- Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive
RPC- Regional Priority Credits
SCAQMD- South Coast Air Quality Management District
SMACNA- Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association
SOW- Statement of Work
SRI- Solar reflectance index
TCLP- Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure
TGS- The Green Standard
TNS- The Natural Step
TRACI- Tool for Reduction and Assessment of Chemical and Other Environmental Impacts
TRI-T oxic release inventory
UF- Urea-formaldehyde
UPC- Uniform Plumbing Code
USGBC- United States Green Building Council
UV- Ultraviolet light
VCCEP- Voluntary Children's Chemical Evaluation Program
WEEE- Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
ZEV- Zero Emissions Vehicle


AOEC- Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics
BFR- Brominated Flame Retardant
BPA- Bisphenol-A
CBI- Confidential Business Information
CEPA- Canadian Environmental Protection Act
CEQ- Center for Environmental Quality
CPSC- Consumer Product Safety Commission
CPSIA- Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act
DSL- Domestic Substances List
DTSC- Department of Toxic Substances Control
ECHA- European Chemicals Agency
GC3- Green Chemistry and Commerce Council
GHS- Globally Harmonized System
GRAS- Generally Recognized as Safe
HFR- Halogenated Flame Retardant
HPV- High Production Volume (Chemicals Programme)
IARC- International Agency for Research on Cancer
ICCA- International Council of Chemical Associations
IFCS- Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety
NDA- Non-disclosure Agreement
NIH- National Institutes of Health
NIOSH- National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
NWMP- National Waste Minimization Program
OECD- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
ORD- Office of Research and Development
OSHA- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSPAR- Oslo-Paris Convention Commission
PBT- Persistent Bio-accumulative Toxin
PFC- Perfluorinated Chemical
PFOA- Perfluorooctanoic acid
PFOS- Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid
POP- Persistent Organic Pollutant
PPB- Parts per billion
PPL- Priority Pollutants List
PPM- Parts per million
Prop65- Proposition 65 (CA)
PVC- Polyvinyl Chloride
REACH- Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals
SAICM- Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management
SIDS- Screening Information Data Sets
SIEFS- Substance information and evaluation forms
SOMS- Strategy on Management of Substances
TRI- Toxics Release Inventory
TSCA- Toxic Substances Control Act
TUR- Toxics Use Reduction
TURI- Toxics Use Reduction Institute
VCCEP- Voluntary Children's Chemical Evaluation Program
WHO- World Health Organization

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