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 HOME DEPOT ANNOUNCES ENVIRONMENTAL GREENPRINT(sm)
 ATLANTA, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Home Depot (NYSE: HD), the


nation's largest home center retailer, today introduced its "Environmental Greenprint"(sm), a proprietary blueprint that provides home environmental information for homeowners and home improvement professionals alike.
 The Greenprint will be available at stores the weekend of June 6-7, in addition to expanded environmental product information and displays.
 The Greenprint is an easy way for homeowners to check the home for environmental efficiencies in areas of resource consumption and health safeguards, such as water conservation and indoor air quality. "We created the Greenprint to make customers aware of the many alternative 'green' product choices now available to them," said Mark Eisen, manager, Environmental Marketing.
 "By choosing products that take the Earth into consideration, we can improve our environment...and that's the ultimate home improvement we can all make."
 HOW IT WORKS
 The homeowner uses the Greenprint as an environmental map of the home, identifying environmentally preferred products and practices which the homeowner can choose to purchase or implement.
 EXAMPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHOICES
 Health and Safety
 EPA studies indicate that as many as 10 percent of all American homes may have elevated levels of radon gas. This gas is a naturally occurring colorless gas, estimated by the EPA to cause 5,000 to 20,000 lung cancer deaths a year in non-smokers. A radon test kit can determine the presence of the gas, alerting the homeowner to an otherwise unknown problem.
 Indoor Air Quality
 In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and offices can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.
 Other research indicates that people spend 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for most people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.
 Fortunately, there are steps most households can take both to reduce the risk from existing sources and to prevent new problems from occurring.
 An easy and relatively inexpensive air cleaning improvement is to install an upgraded furnace or air conditioning filter. And according to NASA, common houseplants are also an effective air cleaner. One plant per 100 square feet is recommended.
 Recycling and Waste Pollution
 Food Waste Disposers -- Composting isn't always effective for certain food waste, such as meat and bones. But with food waste representing 8-13 percent of all waste dumped in landfills, disposers can be effective in reducing landfill loading. And when a disposer is used in conjunction with recycling household byproducts such as glass, aluminum cans, plastic and newspapers, the homeowner effects a miniature waste management system.
 Home Depot leads this recycling principle by example -- recycling 50 million pounds of corrugated containers in 1991, an amount equivalent to 417,000 trees and 6.7 million feet of landfill space.
 Water Efficiency
 Two-thirds of the water used in the average home is used in the bathroom, with toilets wasting the most. A 1.6-gallon toilet is today's standard for water efficiency and more building codes are requiring it. Unless the home was built in the past few years, it probably has the 5.0-gallon-per-flush model. Replacing these water wasters with the 1.6- gallon-per-flush model can save the average family as much as 20,000 gallons of water annually.
 CERTIFICATION OF PRODUCT'S ENVIRONMENTAL CLAIMS
 Since May 1991, Home Depot has authorized Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a non-profit organization, to certify the environmental claims of companies who provide products to The Home Depot.
 As a result of this program's success, it has recently been adopted by the National Retail Hardware Association and the Home Center Institute.
 SCS has a symbol it awards only to products that meet or exceed stringent environmental standards. The green cross and globe symbol of an SCS-labeled product states what specific claim is being certified.
 GRANTS
 The Home Depot will begin to extend a portion of its $4.0 million annual philanthropy, community investment and grant-making program to highly respected, non-profit environmental organizations at both the local and national levels, such as The Nature Conservancy, an international land conservation organization dedicating itself to preserving rare species and natural areas.
 "The company is providing environmental grants to the communities we serve in an effort to assist with projects making an impact on resource preservation," said Suzanne Apple, director of Community Affairs.
 ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES
 For 1992, Home Depot is developing a program to ensure the wood and wood products it sells are responsibly forested and harvested; switching to recycled paper cash register receipts and recycled plastic printing ribbon cartridges; and initiating programs to help its customers recycle at its stores.
 Work begun in 1991 with the Environmental Protection Agency in voluntarily removing lead solder from its plumbing departments has become the company's benchmark environmental principle for the '90s.
 When effective product alternatives exist, in this case lead-free solder, and there is a clear hazard which can effectively be eliminated, the company is dedicated to do so -- even it if means, as it did in this case, several millions of dollars in lost sales.
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 /CONTACT: Jerry Shields, 404-431-2741, or Jenifer Swearingen, 404-433-8211, ext. 7061, both of The Home Depot/
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