By Eric Koch, Mister Kleen Maintenance Company, Inc. Sales and Marketing Specialist
The cleaning industry certainly has evolved throughout the decades. This is especially true as it relates to the environmental movement, and the push for a healthier atmosphere using greener products, processes, and equipment.
While the 1970’s saw the creation of the EPA and OSHA, along with our very first Earth Day, it wasn’t until years later that we started to hear people talk more about cleaning for a healthier environment — “Cleaning for Health”.
Just Make it Look Clean!
Cleaning for Appearance was the phrase and direction we often received from clients throughout the 1970’s, 80’s and midway through the 90’s. There was no concern on the chemicals being used and the impact this was causing to building tenants and our employees. Our main objective was to make it look clean regardless of the impact these harsh chemicals had.
Flash forward to today and the conversation has changed to use green products to clean without releasing harsh odors that other chemical laden products have. This is what our green cleaning program, known as Green Kleen, is centered on to provide a healthier environment for us all.
Yes, being certified as a green cleaning company to Green Seal’s GS-42 Commercial and Institutional Cleaning Services standard is a differentiator for our company. What many people don’t know, however, is how green cleaning is near and dear to our story. Continue reading “Green Kleening Your Community One Building at a Time”
By Mac Clevenger, Green Seal Marketing & Outreach Associate
Greetings Green Seal blog readers! This is Mac Clevenger – newest member of the Green Seal family – writing from Green Seal’s headquarters in Washington, DC. Today, I’m going to talk about the Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference (affectionately known as “SSCC”) that I had the pleasure of attending and exhibiting at just last week in Baltimore with my fellow Green Seal-er, Susan Heaton. Many thanks to the University of Maryland for putting together such a wonderful two days and congratulations to SSCC on ten years!
So, what is SSCC all about you ask? Well, allow me to enlighten you. In short, SSCC concerns sustainability at our higher education institutions. Ten years ago when SSCC was first held, sustainability was still in its adolescent years. The world has come a long way since then and I cannot tell you how impressive the work that our colleges and universities are doing in order protect our planet and the beings that inhabit it.
Continue reading “Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference 2015”
By Kat Danaher, Green Seal Exec. Assistant to the CEO
What a beautiful day for an expo! Green Seal’s newest family member, Mac Clevenger, and I trundled down Eye Street with our booth-on-wheels and promotional wares. This would be a very consumer-facing event — a shift from our usual industrial and institutional (“I&I”) audience — and we were primed with messages and facts especially for these individuals.
- Did you know…..? The World Bank uses Green Seal-certified cleaning, floor care, sanitary paper, and hand soap products throughout this very facility! This creates tremendous health benefits for you, reduces environmental impact, and reinforces their sustainability leadership.
- Talk your child’s school about the benefits of green cleaning and the dramatic impact that using GS-37 cleaning products and GS-11 paints can have on students’ test performance, productivity, # of sick days, and air quality with reduced toxins, asthmagens, carcinogens, and VOCs.
- Ask your managers to join the Green Seal Green Office Partnership. Participation in the program increases the sustainability of your workplace, engages and educates employees, improves operational and energy efficiency, can reduce operational costs, annnnnd has great promotional benefits as well!
- Encourage the World Bank to increase and promote the sustainability of your food services here by applying for GS-55 certification!
- Check the Green Seal website for products that you can use in your own home like GS-8 cleaning products and GS-11 paints, and look for Green Seal-certified hotels when traveling.
Our gracious and well-prepared host, Sonal Patel of the World Bank’s Corporate Responsibility Program, had arranged prize giveaways and three kinds of legit, amazing hot chocolate, which definitely seemed to boost participation!
GS was one of about 20 exhibitors — including the Anacostia Watershed Green Roofs team at the booth next door — and we all saw a steady flow of WB employees and visitors during the three-hour event.
It was satisfying to see the light bulb go on when people realized that their building was cleaned by Green Seal-certified products, and to know that we’d planted a few seeds that might prompt these individuals to make their world a bit greener.
Quote of the day: “I mean, really… how many Environmental Science Ph.D.s does it take to turn off a light switch!?”
Kat, a Virginia native, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in communication studies. Her professional experience includes over nine years of CEO-level executive support, as well as extensive event planning and logistics. She has enjoyed volunteering with several community-based nonprofits, including animal rescue groups and HIV/AIDS causes.
By Arthur Weissman, Ph.D, Green Seal President/CEO
How did one of Green Seal’s standards become the de facto national standard for green cleaning products and even required by law in several states? The history is instructive, for Green Seal works in the world of voluntary, incentive programs that are generally beyond legal compliance. Continue reading “Anecdotes: The Uptake of GS-37”
What have we been up to lately? Touting our new laundry standard (GS-51) and re-defining green cleaning.
Check out a couple of recently published news and feature articles below.
Do you have any thought-provoking sustainability or environmental leadership news articles to share with us? Send us links and/or comment on this post!
Continue reading “Making the Headlines”