The Federal Trade Commission is planning to host a public workshop on July 15, 2008, to examine developments in green building and textiles claims and consumer perception of such claims. This workshop is one component of the Commission’s regulatory review of the Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (16 CFR Part 260), which the FTC previously announced in a Federal Register Notice [PDF] on November 26, 2007. For questions related to the workshop, contact FTC Attorneys Robin Rosen Spector (202-326-3740) or Janice Podoll Frankle (202-326-3022), Division of Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission.
- Agenda (July 2, 2008) [PDF]
- Panelist Bios [PDF]
- Webcast Archive
- Transcript [PDF]
- Press Release (June 3, 2008)
- Federal Register Notice announcing this workshop [PDF]
- More information about the Green Guides Review
The event is free and open to the public. All attendees will be required to display a current driver's license or other valid form of photo identification. The Conference Center is accessible to people with disabilities. If you need an accommodation related to a disability, please call Julia Plonowski, (202) 326-2289.
Pre-registration for this workshop is not necessary, but is encouraged, so that we may better plan for the event.
To pre-register, email your name and affiliation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you pre-register, we will collect your name, affiliation, and your email address. This information will be used to estimate how many people will attend. We may use your email address to contact you with information about the workshop.
FILING A COMMENT
The Commission invites interested persons to submit written comments on issues related to this workshop. Comments to inform discussion at the workshop must be received by July 1, 2008. All comments in response to the Federal Register Notice [PDF] are due by August 15, 2008.
Comments should be captioned “Green Building and Textiles Workshop – Comment, Project No.P084203” and submitted according to the instructions below.
To File Electronically:
Follow the instructions and fill out the form at https://secure.commentworks.com/ftc-buildingandtextilesworkshop.
To File in Paper Form:
Include “Green Building and Textiles Workshop – Comment, Project No.P084203” both in the text and on the envelope, and mail or deliver to the following address:
Federal Trade Commission/Office of the Secretary
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Room H-135 (Annex B)
Washington, DC 20580
Because postal mail in the Washington area and at the Commission is subject to delay, please consider submitting your comments in electronic form, as prescribed above. The FTC requests that you send any comment by courier or overnight service, if possible.
To Request Confidential Treatment:
You must file in paper form and clearly label the first page of the document with “Confidential” and comply with Commission Rule 4.9 (c).
Under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) or other laws, we may be required to disclose to outside organizations the information you provide when you pre-register. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments, whether filed in paper or electronic form, and as a matter of discretion, we make every effort to remove home contact information for individuals from the public comments before posting them on the FTC website.
CONSUMER EDUCATION & BUSINESS GUIDANCE
- Complying with the Environmental Marketing Guides [PDF]
Information about complying with the FTC's Green Guides. The Green Guides indicate how the FTC will apply Section 5 of the FTC Act, which prohibits unfair or deceptive acts or practices, to environmental marketing claims.
- Sorting Out 'Green' Advertising Claims [PDF]
The FTC, in cooperation with the EPA, has developed guidelines for advertisers to ensure that their environmental marketing claims don't mislead consumers. Contains six tips to help you sort through environmental claims.
- Carbon Offsets & Renewable Energy Certificates
The Federal Trade Commission held a public workshop on January 8, 2008 as a part of its regulatory review of the Guides. The workshop examined the emerging market for greenhouse gas emission reduction products, renewable energy certificates, and related advertising claims.
- Green Packaging Claims
The FTC held a public workshop on April 30, 2008, as a part of its regulatory review of the Guides. The workshop examined developments in green packaging claims and consumer perception of such claims.