GreenGain Website Privacy Policy
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Website Privacy Policy

Green America recognizes that you are concerned about privacy. We are committed to preserving your privacy and safeguarding your sensitive information. The following statement describes the general information-gathering and usage practices of our Web sites. Our staff, contractors, Internet service providers, and others involved in this Web site, GreenGain (www.GreenGainTool.org) follow this policy or similarly strict policies regarding use of your information.

Disclosure

Green America is committed to fully disclosing our policies regarding the collection, use, maintenance, disclosure and security of personal information and business information obtained from users of our site. The term "Personal Information" includes an individual's name, address, email address, or any other information which could be used to contact you directly or to identify you personally. The term "Business Information" includes the Green America certification level your business has earned (e.g. Bronze, Silver or Gold), the social and environmental initiatives your business has completed in GreenGain, your responses to certain questions within GreenGain, the duration and expiration date of Green Business Network membership, and the year in which the Seal of Approval was earned.

Use and Disclosure Limitations

Green America only uses Personal Information about its Website users for specific purposes. We do not share user information with third parties except when we have told users about the disclosures, when we have prior consent, or when required by law.

Use Policy

When Green America gathers Personal Information from users, we ask for permission first. Personal information is used for activities such as auto-completion of commonly-used forms and helping us contact you when you solicit information from Green America for the certification process.

Policy on Disclosure of Personal Information: We do not normally disclose Personal Information to anyone outside of Green America unless we have previously informed users about the disclosures. However, some data may be used from time to time by outside contractors, including auditors or consultants, to assist us in carrying out necessary financial or operational activities. These uses will be consistent with this privacy policy and all contractors using this potential Personal Information must agree to safeguard it, to use it only for the authorized purpose, and to return it or destroy it upon completion of the activity.

Green America might be required to disclose Personal Information in response to a valid legal process such as a subpoena, search warrant or court order.

Although unlikely, it is possible that we may have to make certain disclosures of Personal Information to ensure the security of our Web site, to protect its integrity, or to take precautions against potential liability. In any of these situations, we will take any reasonable steps to limit the scope of the data disclosed.

Policy on Collection and Disclosure of Business Information: Green America uses certain Business Information you submit in GreenGain to provide information on your company's social and environmental performance to the public. When you begin using GreenGain, you automatically activate a GreenGain sustainability reporting Web page ("Sustainability Profile") that is publicly available on the Internet. When you earn a Green America Seal of Approval and add the source code to display the Seal on your website, the seal automatically links to your Sustainability Profile.

Several types of information from GreenGain are shared on your Sustainability Profile:

Green America understands the sensitivity around disclosure of certain business data and user opinions. Therefore, user responses to certain questions in GreenGain are withheld from the Sustainability Profile. Business Information that is not shared publicly includes:

In certain instances, we may find information disclosed in these areas worthy of sharing with our business members directly, or to augment research for white papers and in our publications. In these situations, we will only disclose your company-specific information publicly with your written consent.

Complaints

Green America will work with users to resolve any complaints about our privacy policies or practices.

If you have a complaint about our privacy and fair information practices policy or about our implementation of the policy, you can contact us. Green America will try to resolve any problems that arise in a fair and prompt manner.

Technical Issues Related to Your Privacy

Green America uses a number of specific technical tools and techniques to ensure convenient, reliable and timely service. While we work to ensure the security of Personal Information, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure and some of these tools and techniques may affect your privacy concerns.

While we strive to protect your Personal Information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or from our online products or services, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.

Cookies: Green America occasionally uses "cookies" to provide convenience features to return visitors. "Cookies" are bits of information that are stored by your browser on your hard drive. As you activate certain information services at our Web site, we create a cookie to help our program remember who you are. The information stored in the cookie we send you contains personally identifiable information but is automatically deleted from your hard disk when you close your browser.

Green America uses cookies only when appropriate and we never use cookies to retrieve information from your computer that was not originally sent in a cookie from us.

Web Logs: Green America maintains standard Web logs that record basic information about visitors to our Web site. These logs contain:

We use Web log information to design our Web site, identify popular features, and in similar ways. We do not try to identify individuals from Web logs or to link Web logs to other user information. However, if someone tries to damage our Web site or use it in an unauthorized or illegal way, we may share Web log information with law enforcement agencies. Green America may provide aggregate information such as the number of users who visit particular pages of the site, or the number of people who link to certain external sites from our site, to other parties.

Links to Other Sites: Green America does carry advertising on some of its sites and provides links to other sources of information which we believe may be of interest to site visitors. We have no control over the content of the sites to which we link in Green America's sites and these sites may have different privacy policies, which we encourage you to review. When you click through to other Web sites, you may get cookies directly from them. Green America does not see or use these cookies, and we do not control how other sites use cookies.

Online Privacy Policy Only

This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected through our website and not to information collected offline.

Your Consent

This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected through the GreenGain website (www.GreenGainTool.org) and not to information collected offline.

Changes to Privacy Policy

Green America's features and services will change over time and our information-gathering practices and policies may also change.

While our philosophy of protecting user information from inappropriate uses and disclosures will not change, this policy will be updated occasionally to include any change that materially affects the collection, maintenance, use, or disclosure of Personal Information.

Other changes to this privacy policy statement that reflect refinements, improvements, updates, and new features will be made as appropriate and posted as soon as possible. Whenever the privacy policy changes, we will modify the date and version number to reflect that a change was made. We encourage you to periodically review this Privacy Policy to stay informed of how we are protecting your information.

How to Request and/or Correct Information

Although Green America has no programs or utilities to collect information other than those which have been outlined in this Privacy Policy, you may request in writing any Personal Information about you that we hold, or correct or amend information about you if it is inaccurate.

The following Web sites are operated by Green America, located at 1612 K Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006. Our telephone number is (202)872-5307.

Contact us regarding privacy-related concerns.