Green Kleening Your Community One Building at a Time

MisterKleen EricKoch headshotBy 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”

The Rise of Green Gamification

Ashok KamalBy Ashok Kamal, Co-founder and CEO of Bennu, LLC, and Co-founder of Ocean Aid

Who said going green had to be boring? Maybe the same people who believe games are just entertainment. Both myths are being shattered by the growing phenomenon of green gamification – the use of game mechanics to make sustainability fun and rewarding.

I recently joined Green Seal’s inaugural Advisory Council to help augment the organization’s scientifically rigorous certification with cutting-edge social media technology. Our goal is to engage more people toward creating a sustainable world. We can achieve that goal faster and more effectively by tapping into the innate human love for games, which are more popular today than ever before.    Continue reading “The Rise of Green Gamification”