Regulatory News
The demand and interest in green-cleaning products and services in the United States has accelerated in recent years. Moreover, green-cleaning product procurement policies have flourished in the public sector. As with many other public purchasing trends, these green-procurement policies have significantly impacted and shaped the private and institutional sectors’ purchasing policies on the local and national levels as well as having widespread international impact.

To remain competitive in the marketplace during this period of growth and transition, it’s vital for organizations to stay well informed. This is particularly true in the case of building service contractors, especially in light of recent moves by groups, such as Green Seal, to develop standards for “green service providers.”

To help ISSA members stay abreast of customer requirements, the association has produced a green-product report that is available free to members.

Compiled through extensive traditional and electronic research methods, this document provides a comprehensive overview that identifies and summarizes green-cleaner procurement policies, initiatives, and requirements across the United States.

In addition to the stated policies, the report also contains imbedded hyperlinks that will provide more in-depth information for the jurisdictions in which you have a particular interest.

The nationwide report outlines separate sections, including:

I. States

II. Cities, counties, and other local units of government

III. Federal

Sections I and II contain:

  • Background information for jurisdictions
  • Executive orders from government officials
  • State contracts
  • Specifications
  • Products
  • Website addresses

Section III includes:

  • Executive Order 13101, issued in September of 1998 (which supercedes Executive Order 12873, issued in October of 1993)
  • GSA
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Office of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Biobased Products Preferred Procurement Program
  • EPA’s Design for the Environment, or DfE, Formulator Initiative
  • EPA’s Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines Program
  • Office of the Federal Environmental Executive

Complimentary Copies
ISSA members may request a free copy of the Green Cleaning Product Procurement Policies, Initiatives, and Requirements in the United States by contacting Tracy Weber at 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800. Please write “Green Procurement Policies” in the subject box of e-mails.

If you are aware of a city, state, or other government entity that has a green-cleaning product procurement policy that is not included in this document, we encourage you to contact ISSA to ensure its inclusion.

Please direct any questions or comments regarding this publication to the attention of ISSA Director of Legislative Affairs Bill Balek; 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800.


It’s easy to teach people cleaning techniques, but not so easy to teach and convince them to have a good attitude about their job. After all, the janitor image is poor, the hours are tough, the pay can be low, and the rewards are almost nonexistent. It’s work that seems never to be appreciated. And in too many situations, people take the positive for granted, reporting only the negative.

As managers in the cleaning industry, we face the task of trying to upgrade and motivate our employees in a profession that constantly has to redo its work. But this motivation doesn’t have the momentum to continue on its own. The truth is, motivation comes from being wanted and needed, from making someone feel like he or she counts; morale-building and motivation come from actions, not talk and thank-you speeches.

As you well know, the people on the front line are the key to the success of any facility maintenance program. If you have motivated employees, it will show in them and in the buildings they clean.

Don Aslett’s book, How to Upgrade and Motivate Your Cleaning Crews, offers exciting ideas to motivate you and your employees using entertaining materials, motivating events and fun. The book also includes award ideas for employees and clients. This top-selling volume, which lists for $34, is currently available to ISSA members for only $19.

To order, contact the ISSA Customer Service Department at 800-225-4772.

Welcome New ISSA Members!

CleanAll Commercial Cleaning, Inc.
Davie, FL
FBG Service Corp.
Omaha, NE
Gulf Coast Enterprises, dba Lakeview Center, Inc.
Pensacola, FL
Honeywell FM & T
Kansas City, MO
J and R Business Care, Inc.
Millersville, MD
KBM Building Services
San Diego, CA
Merchants Building Maintenance
Monterrey Park, CA
Prospect Building Services Corp.
Malden, MA
Southpark Services of NC, Inc.
Troutman, NC

Individual ISP Members
William Ringeman, Academy School District 20
Colorado Springs, CO
Scottie Anthony, City of Oxnard
Oxnard, CA
Jeffrey A. Blevins, Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
Raymond, OH
Brian Frislie, Piedmont Hospital
Atlanta, GA
Richard Fernandez, VA Medical Center
San Francisco, CA
Morris Jarlenski, Virginia Veterans Care Center
Roanoke, VA
Marty Metcalf, Waterloo Community School District
Waterloo, IA


March 8-10, 2006 ISSA/INTERCLEAN® Mexico 2006, Centro Banamex, Mexico City, D.F., Mexico.

March 28, 2006 Staffing & Benchmarking, featuring James Peduto, Atlanta, GA. In this program, you will learn how to use modern workloading tools to build a “zero-based” staffing plan that accounts for numerous real-life variables, such as customer expectations, service requirements, building usage, and operating costs. Staffing & Benchmarking peels away the complexity and provides you with hands-on tools and techniques to accurately assess staffing needs and compare maintenance options.

April 5-6, 2006 Cleaning System Design, featuring David Frank, Las Vegas, NV. This management seminar provides strategies and solutions for all cleaning professionals that will help maximize productivity and reduce costs. It takes an in-depth look at the various defined systems of cleaning and discusses which is best suited to a given facility. The curriculum considers organizational structures, disciplines and benefits of each system as well as how to motivate staff to increase performance and quality.

May 9-12, 2006 ISSA/INTERCLEAN® Amsterdam 2006, Amsterdam RAI International Exhibition and Congress Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

June 6, 2006 Staffing & Benchmarking, featuring James Peduto, Chicago, IL.
(See March 28 listing above.)

July 27-28, 2006 Cleaning System Design, featuring David Frank, Washington, D.C. (See April 5-6 listing above.)

September 20-22, 2006 ISSA/INTERCLEAN® China 2006, ShanghaiMart Expo, Shanghai, China.

October 4-7, 2006 ISSA/INTERCLEAN® USA 2006, McCormick Place, Chicago.

October 4-7, 2006 DistriPak USA, McCormick Place, Chicago. Contact Larry Drago, 800-355-6782.

October 23-26, 2007 ISSA/INTERCLEAN® USA 2007, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL.

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