The Mechanical Service Contractors of America has introduced the GreenStar certification program recognizing MSCA Star contractors who have shown commitment to environmental stewardship.

MSCA GreenStar, recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council, is available only to MSCA Star contractors committed to promoting environmentally conscious services.

In order to attain GreenStar status, contractors must demonstrate they have the proven skills and expertise necessary to deliver energy-efficient and cost-effective indoor environmental solutions to meet customer needs and ensure tenant health, safety and satisfaction.

At the MSCA Star Summit May 13-14 in Chicago, where the GreenStar announcement was made, Linda Sorrento, director of education and research partnerships with the USGBC thanked the organization for being the first contractor group to establish this type of program.

“You are truly the leaders in this movement,” she said. “We know your educational programs are top notch, so this is a most appropriate partnership.”

To become an MSCA GreenStar, an MSCA Star contractor must employ at least one Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-accredited professional and be a member of either the local or national USGBC.

Companies must also verify that at least 25 percent of their total employees have participated in a green training or education program and demonstrate that they promote environmental responsibility by offering sustainable services and recommending green procedures and equipment.

Contractors must also establish an internal commitment by attaining LEED certification for their building or by developing an internal “green policy.” They also must have participated as part of a project team with an existing LEED building or LEED new-construction registered project within the past three years

“The building and facility marketplace is looking for new and innovative ways to use eco-friendly products and solutions,” said Russ Borst, chairman of the MSCA board of managers. “Our GreenStar certification allows MSCA Star contractors to help meet the needs of their customers, while providing continuing best-in-class service, support and value.”