Updates from the Leading Association for the Cleaning Industry Worldwide
ISSA & CIRI Partner Surveying The Green Landscape
ISSA and the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) have agreed to enter a long-term partnership for the cooperative development of science-based cleaning standards that would develop industry data, training, measurement, and certification programs. The first initiative this joint partnership will undertake is to fund a series of independent research initiatives leading to the development of a Clean Standard for K-12 schools.
Said ISSA Executive Director John Garfinkel: “The ISSA project is to make the connection between science and cleaning for health. We are very pleased to fund such a worthwhile independent effort to identify and develop standards for cleanliness, utilizing a group of highly credentialed scientists and researchers. The CIRI Clean Standard Science Committee managing this much-needed research will be free from any outside influences or biases, including any from ISSA, CIRI, or the staff, board, or members of either organization.
“Many other facility-services industries have long been based in engineering and science while our industry has largely had to prove its public-health value based on assumptions and perceptions. Today, we want to remove any doubt about the benefits cleaning brings to facilities and their occupants, and we hope this initiative will bring the independent scientific verification many facility managers have been requesting.”
Following a significant period of laboratory and field testing, ISSA will lead the process of creating standards and certification based on the scientific findings, involving key stakeholders in the cleaning, facilities management, and education industries.
“Each organization will do what it does best during this project,” said CIRI Chairman Jim Harris. “CIRI will conduct research on measurement methods and current conditions in K-12 schools. ISSA will use the results as a basis for developing standards regarding what defines ‘clean’ in these very important and sensitive environments.”
The goal of the project is that individuals and organizations can then be certified with respect to their knowledge and use of methods that lead to measurable improvements in school cleanliness and hygiene, a topic of great concern to a large percentage of the public, especially those with children in K-12 environments or those who work within them.
The Cleaning/LEED-EB Connection
By Bill Balek
ISSA establishes the nexus between cleaning and maintenance activities and LEED-EB certification in its latest publication, Green Cleaning and LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance —What’s the Connection?, available exclusively to ISSA members at www.issa.com/leedeb.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EBOM), issued in April 2008, establishes a framework that maximizes operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts of buildings. In effect, LEED-EBOM provides a roadmap for property owners and service providers who wish to drive down operating costs while increasing occupants’ productivity in an environmentally responsible manner.
Of particular note, green cleaning and maintenance activities can contribute a significant portion of the total points needed to obtain LEED-EBOM certification at a relatively low cost. Specifically, cleaning and maintenance activities (including green cleaning, hardscape and landscape maintenance, integrated pest management, and waste management) can contribute up to 14 points toward the minimum 34 points needed for certification. Moreover, most of the cleaning-related items in LEED-EBOM are relatively inexpensive and easy to implement.
ISSA’s new publication identifies those LEED-EBOM requirements that are related to cleaning and maintenance and describes the actions necessary to achieve credit for those items.
As more and more buildings seek certification pursuant to LEED-EBOM or otherwise adopt the tenets of this program, more and more opportunities are created for the cleaning industry to play a supportive role. And ISSA’s publication can help you take advantage of this opportunity.
The latest iteration of LEED-EBOM is the perfect opportunity to emphasize the critical role cleaning and maintenance activities play in reducing the environmental footprint of buildings and facilities as well as insuring a safe and healthy indoor environment. And now, LEED-EBOM rewards more thorough cleaning activities by providing a greater number of points toward certification for facilities that invest more in high-performance cleaning operations that protect the health of occupants.
Bill Balek is ISSA’s legislative affairs director. He can be reached at 847-982-0800.
Missouri Legislature Passes Green Cleaning for Schools Bill
The Missouri legislature recently passed a bill that will require K–12 schools to establish a green cleaning policy and exclusively purchase and use “environmentally sensitive” cleaning products beginning with the 2009-10 school year.
Once signed by the governor, the Missouri legislation — modeled after the recently enacted Illinois Green Cleaning for Schools Act — will become the third state law to require green cleaning in schools.
The Missouri bill requires schools to implement a green cleaning program consistent with guidelines and specifications to be developed by the state department of health in conjunction with cleaning-industry representatives and others. The guidelines will define and otherwise address environmentally sensitive products, such as cleaning-product formulations, jansan paper products, and equipment.
Other State Green Cleaning Legislation
Legislation in Illinois (HB 4812) that would require every state-owned building to establish a green cleaning policy recently passed the Illinois House and has been referred to the Senate Rules Committee for consideration. The bill would require all state buildings to purchase and use environmentally sensitive cleaning products consistent with the guidelines recently issued by the Illinois Green Government Coordinating Council for the purpose of implementing that state’s Green Cleaning for Schools Act.
Legislation in Maryland (HB 596) that would have required green cleaning in public schools failed to pass during the state’s 2008 legislative session.
ISSA has compiled a summary of the state, local, and federal government policies related to green cleaning product procurement, entitled Green Cleaning Product Procurement Policies, Initiatives, and Requirements in the U.S. This document is available exclusively to ISSA members.
8-11, ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2008. Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV.
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Real Estate & Industrial Maintenance
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Individual ISP Members
Carolyn Marbury, Birmingham Airport Authority
Paul Stauffer, City of Madison
Wanda Williams, City of San Antonio
Tom Vaughan, Hanover County Public Schools
Linda Pollock, Joliet Junior College
Ruben Dominguez, Round Rock ISD - Custodial Services
Rick Whitton & Margaret Ferry, St. Francis Hospital & Health Center
John Corcoran, St. Joseph's Care Group
Kim Nelson, State University of NY at New Paltz
Rivers Vernon, The Greenbrier Resort
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