Cole & Associates helps achieve ban on chromium-based wood preservative for residential use.


Scientific support for arsenic-free preservative for treated wood. Since 2001, Henry S. Cole & Associates, Inc. has provided scientific and communications support to Chemical Specialties, Inc. (CSI) support for CSI's arsenic-free wood preservative, Preserve (ACQ). CSI's development of ACQ has facilitated the phase-out of chromated copper arsenate (CCA), a widely-used preservative product that contains arsenic and hexavalent chromium.

According to U.S. EPA, replacing CCA with ACQ is one of the most dramatic pollution prevention advancements in recent history. Because more than 90 percent of the 44 million pounds of arsenic used in the U.S. is used to make CCA, replacing CCA will virtually eliminate the use of arsenic in the U.S.

Cole & Associates has conducted environmental assessments on a number of wood preservatives and has represented the company in its work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). For his work, Dr. Cole was co-recipient (with CSI) of the 2002 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

Contact: Dr. Kevin Archer, CSI

Environmentally safe alternatives to perchloroethylene-based dry cleaning. Most dry cleaners use a highly toxic solvent known as perchloroethylene. According to recent government studies, dry cleaning workers exposed to solvent vapor experience higher than expected death rates from numerous types of cancer. Solvent releases from dry cleaners have also contaminated groundwater and drinking water supplies in thousands of communities around the country. Dr. Cole's clients on this issue have included: The Micell Corporation, Golin/Harris International (Communications) and Ecomat, Inc.

Micell Corporation is the first commercial distributor of a dry cleaning process that utilizes environmentally safe liquid carbon dioxide. Dr. Cole conducted research on the environmental impacts and costs of perchloroethylene use, testified in Congress and published numerous opinion pieces in support of legislation to provide financial incentives for safe dry cleaning technologies. Cole and Associates also organized support from more than 50 environmental organizations for House and Senate tax credit bills. Dr. Cole also provided scientific and communications support for Ecomat, a company that utilizes the water-based wet cleaning alternative to perchloroethylene. View Dr. Cole's Congressional testimony (July 2000), Washington Times Op Ed. (Acrobat PDF format)


Church and Dwight Company. Church & Dwight produce a variety of "Arm & Hammer" products that use baking soda - an environmentally friendly alternative to chemical disinfectants and cleaners.

  • Cole conducted research in support of client's position and provided information to environmental organizations.
  • Cole & Associates also produced a media-oriented report demonstrating the environmental advantages of the company's ultra-concentrated detergents. The report showed that concentrates reduce packaging, disposal, water and transportation energy and associated wastes compared to standard products.


Support for clean electric power industry. Cole & Associates prepared written testimony for the NJ Board of Public Utilities with respect to electric power deregulation. The document stressed the need for (a) incentives for clean and efficient forms of power generation and (b) measures that remove unfair competitive advantage to "cheap and dirty" power sources. The client was a law firm representing several co-generation companies that have installed highly efficient co-generation power plants with very low emissions. The testimony also supports incentives for renewable energy. Click for testimony (PDF).


Sustainable shopping centers. Cole & Associates provides technical assistance, strategic advice and communications for Gravestar, Inc. a real estate firm that owns and operates shopping centers in the Boston metropolitan area. The firm retained Cole & Associates to supports its efforts to renovate several of the firm's shopping centers in an environmentally sound manner. Cole helped the firm frame the project's objectives and select an architectural firm for the project.

  • The Porter Square Shopping Center renovation. This renovation transformed a declining 1950's strip mall into an attractive, beautifully landscaped community market place. Neighborhood associations, involved in the planning, strongly influenced the design. Environmentally sustainable features include energy savings measures, toxic use reduction and a system that collects, cleans and stores parking-lot drainage to irrigate the landscaping.
  • Solar Power at Porter Square. Cole & Associates was instrumental in bringing photovoltaic (solar power) installation to Porter Square. Cole coordinated the efforts of photovoltaic, design and engineering firms to develop a plan meeting the client's objects with respect to energy generation, grid connection, design compatibility, and cost. The PV system at Porter Square was the first solar power installed at a shopping center in the U.S. The system includes an educational computerized display that shows the output of the system.
  • The Porter Square Project (PDF) described in the attached report by Cole et al. presented at AIA's Mainstreaming Green Conference (Oct, 1999) and in an article in Shopping Center World (September, 1999).

Mercury Warning: A Study of Mercury Contamination in the United States. This report (published by Clean Water Fund, August, 1992) received widespread media coverage and was used extensively by environmental groups around the country to press for the elimination of mercury in products and tighter emission controls. The report is a comprehensive compilation of important information on major sources, environmental transport, bio-accumulation, and toxicological effects of mercury.


Environmental advantages of glass containers. Cole & Associates conducted an environmental assessment of glass versus various types of plastic containers. The report (1993) written for the Glass Packaging Institute demonstrated that glass containers have significant environmental advantages. The report examined a range of factors including toxic releases, recycling rates, and waste disposal and included extensive peer review by independent experts and stakeholders.