Although many dismiss Green Cleaning as a conspiracy or a fad, we need to take into account our responsibility to our children and future generations that can be impacted negatively by our lack of stewardship. I remember years ago a neighbor who would drain his oil into a storm drain (this was in central Florida which is porous at best) rather than collecting it and turning it into a recycling station. When I approached him about what he was doing, he laughed and stated that he had done it his entire life and hoped I was not going to turn him in. I pointed out that his children and grandchildren may be drinking that polluted water for years to come and that he needed to seriously consider cause and long term effect on what he holds dear.

Although I do not consider myself to be a “tree hugger,” I have tried to live by three basic principles when it comes to the environment: 1) Don’t trash an area that you will have to pay taxes for someone else to clean up, 2) If you kill an animal plan on eating it with the exception of something dangerous like a predator and 3) If you build a fire, take responsibility to put it out. Smokey the Bear was right on when it comes to each us being accountable for our actions and our pollution footprint.

Custodial operations is the most effective means of achieving a high level of environmental quality in the day to day world than anything else I know. Keeping an area clean and safe is far less expensive than dealing with unnecessary injuries or illnesses caused by unsanitary or unsafe conditions. We will continue with this thought in a future article. 

Your comments and questions are always welcome. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean…..


Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678.314.2171 or