Certification Standards Board
The Certification Standards Board (CSB) is the decision-making body responsible for maintenance and revision of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard, and adjudicating appeals related to product certification, as necessary. The CSB is composed of industry leaders from Cradle to Cradle certification holder companies, Cradle to Cradle Certified assessors, and topical experts, and is chaired by the Institute's Vice President of Science and Certification. CSB members are appointed by the C2CPII Board of Directors.
Jay Bolus is Vice President of Technical Operations for MBDC and as such is responsible for the development and implementation of MBDC’s Cradle to Cradle® Product Certification program. Additionally Jay functions as MBDC’s Director of Science and is responsible for the accurate and timely completion of all ongoing project deliverables. Mr. Bolus was directly responsible for the development of MBDC's Cradle to Cradle® Benchmarking methodology, a tool to evaluate the impact chemicals and materials have on human and environmental health throughout their life cycles.
Mr. Bolus's projects include the development of the "McDonough Collection" of commercial carpet tiles in conjunction with Shaw Industries, the world's largest carpet manufacturer. MBDC was awarded the 2003 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for their work on this product. Mr. Bolus was also directly involved in the development of Steelcase's Think™ office chair, a product designed to be ecologically intelligent throughout all phases of its life cycle, while maintaining Steelcase's high standards for aesthetics and performance. In addition, Mr. Bolus has worked directly with Steelcase to help them achieve Cradle to Cradle® Certification on more than 50 office furniture products. Mr. Bolus has also worked with several companies outside the office furniture industry including CENTRIA, Dow Building Solutions, MechoShade Systems Inc, SABIC Innovative Plastics, Sloan Valve Co., and YKK AP to certify their products according to the Cradle to Cradle program. Mr. Bolus has been published in Environmental Science and Technology and was named one of the top 100 most influential people in business ethics for 2007 by Ethisphere magazine.