What Will Green Do For Me?
Commercial cleaning operations use about 8 billion pounds of cleaning chemicals a year, many of which have a significantly negative impact on our environment.
For Facilities Managers, Building Owners & Operators
As building owners and managers examine their overall environmental impact and strive to operate sustainable, high-performance buildings, it makes sense to examine cleaning strategies and implement practices that use less energy and less chemicals considered environmentally unsound.
In addition to being good for tenant health and the environment, green cleaning can serve as a competitive advantage. Sarah Thurston in her article titled “Making Sense of Green Cleaning” cites Jerry Yudelson, author of The Insider’s Guide to Marketing Green Buildings, who says that green cleaning is “good for business.”
Green cleaning is an opportunity for BSCs
Building services contractors (BSCs) are seeing LEED and green cleaning as a significant marketing opportunity. While a small, but growing, number of their clients are interested in LEED-EB and other LEED certifications, a BSC’s ability to offer green cleaning is a selling strength even to clients not working toward building certification.
For Health Care Providers
The healthcare sector is recognizing that chemicals can play a significant role in the development of disease – even at miniscule levels—and is finding ways to not only increase its compliance with chemical regulations and guidelines, but also go beyond those regulations to develop a framework for choosing safer chemicals where possible.
Hospitals have begun robust programs to segregate and manage pharmaceutical wastes, eliminate the use of mercury, PVC and DEHP, and brominated flame retardants, utilize greener chemicals and equipment for cleaning and maintenance processes, as well as transitioning to safer sterilants and disinfectants – to name just a few successes.
The nation’s 6th largest hospital converts to green cleaning, yielding a 15% cost savings:
* Hackensack University Medical Center, 683 beds and 7,200 employees.
* Modified cleaning processes to reduce the toxicity of cleaning chemicals and waste generated.
It simply makes sense: Organizations that care for the health and well-being of people should clean for health too.
Source: Practice Green Health
For Our Schools
Some 55 million students spend their days in schools that are too often unhealthy and restrict their ability to learn.
Studies have demonstrated the direct benefits of better lighting, air quality, acoustics and temperature control on student health and academic performance. Here is some of the available research about the benefits of green schools.
The National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities has a comprehensive list of studies free.
Environmental Law Institute’s Green Cleaning in Schools: Summary of Selected State and School District Policies (2007) explores how “Green cleaning” can reduce environmental and health risks by a building’s occupants, while recognizing that cleaning products are necessary to maintain a sanitary environment in schools. It also summarizes selected state laws, proposed state legislation and school district policies that promote green cleaning in schools.
Energy Cost Savings in Green Schools
Green schools use an average of 33% less energy than conventionally designed schools. Typical energy performance enhancements include more efficient lighting, greater use of daylighting and sensors, more efficient heating and cooling systems and better insulated walls and roofs. For more research about these savings refer to Gregory Kats’ Greening America’s Schools – Costs and Benefits.
Reduced Operating Costs
Occupant Satisfaction and Health
Increased Building Value
Added Competitive Market Value
Reduce Illness-Causing Contaminants
Reduce Workers Compensation Claims
A Better, Safer, Cleaner Environment
Choosing a Janitorial Service
QMI is Green Cleaning Institute Certified
If your facility or organization is convinced of the benefits of cleaning green, it’s time to consider the three major components of any green cleaning program:
Office Carbon Footprint Tool
Downloadable Excel Spreadsheet from EPA.gov
This tool was created to assist U.S. offices in making decisions to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with their activities. Just follow the simple instructions here. This tool includes examples of carbon-cutting actions such as recycling, waste prevention, and green power purchasing.
The Resurgence Co2 Calculator
Widely recognized as the most user-friendly and accurate on-line carbon calculator
Easily and accurately calculate your carbon footprint. See which areas of your lifestyle allow the easiest CO2 savings. Monitor your CO2 emissions from year to year, and enjoy the feel good factor of knowing how much CO2 you have saved.