Updates from the Leading Association for the Cleaning Industry Worldwide
ISSA and Ecoform Move Forward on Development of Environmental Label
Progress is being made in the development of the Information-Based Environmental Label (IBEL), according to Jack Geibig, president of Ecoform, the company collaborating with ISSA in the creation of this next generation of environmental labeling for the commercial cleaning industry.
“With the recent development of several key metrics, we have made significant progress in the development of an information-based environmental label in just a few short months,” said Geibig, who is leading the development of IBEL.
IBEL will complement existing eco-label programs, such as those for chemical cleaners, and will also provide a uniform platform for communicating the environmental attributes for the hundreds of product categories for which eco-label programs do not exist.
As of February 24, metrics have been developed for the following environmental attributes of chemical cleaners:
- Color and dyes
- Post-consumer packaging content
- Recyclable packaging content
- Biobased material content
The individual metrics are being developed through the use of a work-group process, the results of which are then reviewed and vetted by the Core Development Committee. To date, the work group has considered seven different metrics, modified the list of future metrics to consider, and established a productive format in which to present information related to future metrics.
In addition, Ecoform recently launched a page on its Web site that is dedicated to the IBEL-development process. The IBEL-development page contains a calendar of upcoming calls with specific topic details; an archive of information developed during the IBEL process, including summaries of work-group and Core Development Committee calls; an area dedicated to recent IBEL activities, where you can keep informed; and a bulletin board for discussing metrics or asking questions. This Web page is open to anyone and will be updated frequently now that IBEL development is moving rapidly forward. The Web page can be accessed at: www.ecoform.com/ibel.html.
Ecoform and ISSA announced their intent to develop IBEL at ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2009. Geibig is leading the development process in cooperation with a Core Development Committee composed of key stakeholders, including health and environmental advocates, unions, state and federal government representatives, eco-label organizations, large and small cleaning-product manufacturers, contract cleaners, and institutional purchasers.
For a complete list of the members of the Core Development Committee, go to www.issa.com/ibelfacts. For more information, contact ISSA Director of Legislative Affairs Bill Balek or Ecoform President Jack Geibig.
USGBC Supports CIMS-GB as Valuable LEED-EB: O&M Resource
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently approved a statement in support of the ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard’s (CIMS) Green Building (GB) criteria and designation. The official statement reads, “The USGBC supports CIMS-GB as a valuable resource to assist in securing LEED-Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance credits for green cleaning activities.”
The USGBC’s support of CIMS-GB as a LEED-EB: O&M resource further substantiates CIMS-GB as the preeminent green cleaning management framework and certification for cleaning organizations.
April 26-29, ISSA/INTERCLEAN® Amsterdam 2010, Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
May 4, The Winning Sales Formula: Steps for Proactive Sales Efforts, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV. In order to thrive in today’s economic climate, the sales professional must proactively “create” opportunities. Use the tools presented in this full-day workshop, complete with daily sales tactics, to ensure that you or your sales team truly are taking proactive measures. ISSA-member price: US$325; nonmember price: $525. Receive 10 percent off your seminar when you make your room reservation at Planet Hollywood. Register online.
May 6-May 27, Regional Meeting: Develop & Implement a Green Cleaning Program, plus: Green Cleaning University: How to Improve Your Ability to Sell Green. Enhance your green-cleaning knowledge and network with your industry peers at ISSA’s 2010 Regional Meeting, coming to a city near you this spring! This year’s event features a daylong format with three separate sessions: Develop & Implement a Green Cleaning Program; Lunch/Networking; and ISSA Green Cleaning University: How to Improve Your Ability to Sell Green. If you’re serious about competing in the green marketplace, you can’t afford to miss this event! St. Paul, MN (May 6); Los Angeles, CA (May 20); Worcester, MA (May 25); Philadelphia, PA (May 27).
June 9-11, ISSA/INTERCLEAN® Latin America 2010, Cancun Center, Conventions & Exhibitions, Cancun, Mexico.
November 9-12, ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2010, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL.
November 11-13, BSCAI Annual Convention & Trade Show (Held in conjunction with ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2010), Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL.
|The ONE Show for the cleaning industry is now the ONE Show that is ALL ABOUT YOU! Attend ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2010—in Orlando, FL, November 9-12—and find just what you’re looking for to succeed in today’s business environment. Whether you’re interested in suppliers, staying ahead of industry trends, or networking with your peers, this event tries to match you to new opportunities.
Among the opportunities for building service contractors at this year’s event is the show’s first-ever co-location with the BSCAI Annual Convention, November 11-14! BSCAI members will be eligible to attend the ISSA/INTERCLEAN event at member rates.
Registration and housing for ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America 2010 opens April 21—and this year, you can register and book your hotel in one easy process! Go to www.issa.com/register or call the ISSA Customer Service Department at 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800.
Welcome New ISSA Members!
|Asia Tong International Group Pte. Ltd. (ATI)
Barag M Ltd.
Caribbean Professionals (Bah) Ltd.
CMS Facilities Maintenance, Inc.
Corvus Holdings, LLC
D.M. Burr Facilities
The Everett Clinic
Fresh House Co. Ltd.
G.I.S.A. BG Ltd.
Goodwill Industries International
Green Clean Commercial Cleaning Services
Guangzhou Universal Cleaning Machine Co. Ltd.
Hinds Community College
JMC Building Service
John Poole Co.
Keep It Up, Inc.
Koprash Facilities Services
Lava Tap de Chiapas, S.A. de C.V.
Martha Carpenter/EG Managed Services
MG Capital Maintenance, Inc.
Moura’s Cleaning Service, Inc.
National Appeal, Inc.
Nature’s Essence Green Cleaning, LLC
NVS Corporate Services, Inc.
Opportunities For The Blind
Optima K Ltd.
P.U.H. Czysta Przyszlosc
Paul’s Cleaning Service of Broward
Peerless Jal Pty. Ltd.
Pinnacle Maintenance Systems, Inc.
Porter Industries Environment
Prestige Maintenance USA
Rido s.c. Mirosawa Holysz, Wojciech Holysz, Agata Holysz
Rising Sun Resources, LLC
Robert W. Baird & Co.
S.J. Services, Inc.
Saint Louis University
Saubermacher Bulgaria A.G.
Shenzhen Zhongzhi Chengcheng Integrated Service Co. Ltd.
Sherita M Ltd.
Silvouspalvelu Servisone Oy
SMS Assist, LLC
Sparkling Image of Illinois
Strategic Maintenance Ltd.
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center
Suzhou Special Cleaning Industrial Park Ltd.
Sylmus Cleaning, LLC
Tara Support Services Ltd.
TIBH Industries, Inc.
United States Postal Service
Upright Commercial Janitorial
Vasilka Sofia Ltd.
VRS Multiservicos Ltda.
Westcare Facility Services Ltd.
Alberta Industrial & Safety Supply
INDIVIDUAL IN-HOUSE SERVICE PROVIDERS
David Simonds, Bassett Healthcare
Jason Meyer, Bethel Homes
Rex Stephenson, Cookeville Regional Medical Center
Bob Puckett, Floyd County Board of Education
Ruthie Davis, Forsyth County Government
Willie Merritt, Goodwill Industries of North GA
Tom Vaughan, Hanover County Public Schools
Keith Sopha, Homewood Health Centre
Gregory Smith, King Fahad Specialist Hospital
Patty Kawaoka, Miramar at Waikiki
Ury Dikih, Dennis Owsley, Nike, Inc.
Keith Stahley, Northland International University
Larry Dodson, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
John R. Leos, Royal Oaks Lifecare
Debra Goodhart, Southeast Missouri Hospital
Randy Scott, St. Therese of New Hope
Dawn Turvey, University of Cincinnati
Otis French, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Douglas Kuenn, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
David Krazit, Walt Disney World