Over 150 environmental service and facility managers recently attended the “Green Solutions” seminar hosted by JanPak Supply Solutions. The Dallas/Ft.Worth based seminar was held in response to the growing desire for information on Green Cleaning and LEED certification. JanPak, a leading Janitorial & Packaging Distributor has locations throughout Texas and the Southeast. JanPak’s objective in Texas was to provide the market place with credible information that would answer basic questions and provide a simple strategy for cleaning contractors and in-house custodial teams that want to “go green.”

Keynoting the seminar session was one of the industries foremost recognized advocates and pioneer’s of “Green Cleaning”, Stephen Ashkin. Mr. Ashkin, President of The Ashkin Group – a Green Cleaning and LEED Certification consulting company - was the prior Chairman of the task force which wrote the National Cleaning Standard. A central topic of the seminar session was how the US Green Building Council’s “LEED” (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program will impact both new and existing facilities procedures and product usage in the years to come. Mr. Ashkin pointed out demand for a healthier, productive work place through enhanced facility design in conjunction with effective bio-renewable cleaning products must be addressed by our industry.

Spearheading the Green Solution Seminar for JanPak’s Dallas-based team was Senior Vice President/General Manager Eric Harris, Vice President of Sales, John Ferguson and Sales Development Manager, Todd Myers. Each seminar attendee received a comprehensive “Green Solutions” Manual designed by JanPak to answer basic questions and provide an outline for contractors and cleaners to become compliant with Green. This manual encapsulated current Federal guidelines and procedures to help a facility get started in the movement. In addition, the manual included key pieces of environmentally approved product information developed by sponsoring JanPak suppliers, Georgia Pacific, Johnson Diversey, Rubbermaid, and Spartan Chemical. Mr. Myers stated, “This meeting was simply one example of our ongoing commitment to provide training and solutions to our market place. We strive to exceed the expectations our clients have of the traditional jan-san distributor. We want to be more than the guy who offers the brown box of juice - - I believe our commitment to green demonstrates that desire. ”