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BMP — Best Management Practices, generally-accepted techniques, methods or processes that have proven themselves over time to accomplish given tasks.

CFC - Chlorofluorocarbon, a class of chemical compounds that depletes ozone.

CSR — Corporate Social Responsibility, a form of business self-regulation whereby a business monitors and ensures its active compliance with the spirit of the law, ethical standards, and international norms.

dB — Decibel, a logarithmic unit of measurement in acoustics and electronics.

EC — Electronically Commutated, a type of power saving motor commonly found in HVAC systems.

EEOC — Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, an independent federal law enforcement agency that enforces laws against workplace discrimination.

EPA — Environmental Protection Agency is an agency of the federal government of the United Statescharged with protecting human health and the environment.

EPP — Environmentally Preferred Purchasing, the procurement of goods and services that have a reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing goods and services serving the same purpose.

FSC — Forest Stewardship Council is an international for-profit organization established to promote responsible management of the world's forests.

GHG — Greenhouse Gas is a gas in an atmosphere that absorbs and emits radiation within the thermal infrared range.

GMO — Genetically Modified Organisms, an organism whose genetic material has been modified using genetic engineering techniques.

HID — High Intensity Discharge lights have higher luminous efficacy and give a greater amount of light output per watt of electricity input.

HVAC — Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning, refers to the technology of indoor temperature control systems.

JSA — Job Safety Analysis is a safety management tool in which the risks or hazards of a specific job in the workplace are identified, and then measures to eliminate or control those hazards are determined and implemented.

L&I — Labor & Industries, is the WA state agency dedicated to the safety, health and security of Washington's 3.2 million workers.

LED — Light Emitting Diode is a semiconductor light source that emits bright yet low-intensity light.

LEED AP — Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional signifies an advanced accredited depth of knowledge in green building practices.

LIVE — Low Input Viticulture & Enology is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that provides sustainability education and certification for vineyards and wineries.

MSDS — Material Safety Data Sheet, is a form with data regarding the properties of a particular substance, including safety precautions.

OSHA — Occupational Safety & Health Association, is an agency of the United States Department of Labor whose mission is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and occupational fatality by issuing and enforcing standards for workplace safety and health.

PEFC — Proton Exchange Fuel Cells transform chemical energy into electrical energy. They are used as an alternative to internal combustion engines.

PLC — Product Life Cycle, is a system used to collect knowledge of a particular product that can be reused for other products and to coordinate simultaneous concurrent development of many products.

PPE — Personal Protective Equipment, refers to protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garment or equipment designed to protect the wearer's body from injury for job-related occupational safety and healthpurposes.

PSC — Permanent Split Capacitor, a type of motor frequently used in air handlers, blowers, and fans (including ceiling fans) and other cases where a variable speed is desired.

SOP — Standard Operating Procedure, a written document or instruction detailing all steps and activities of a process or procedure.

SPCC — Spill Prevention Control Countermeasure, an EPA rule, includes requirements for oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response to prevent oil discharges into navigable waters and adjoining shorelines.

Tier II Report — An EPA requirement. If a facility stores, uses or produces a chemical that requires an MSDS, and volumes present are in excess of the amount allowed by the MSDS, then you must file a Tier II report with the local EPA.

USGBC — United States Green Building Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building design and construction.

VOC — Volatile Organic Compounds, are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects.

WRI — World Resources Institute, a global environmental think tank that works with governments, companies, and civil society to build solutions to urgent environmental challenges.

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