The importance of the green movement to the cleaning industry was apparent at ISSA’s Legislative and Regulatory Forum, which took place on April 5th and 6th at the Hyatt Regency in Arlington, Virginia.

Attendance totaled 130 — more than double the number of attendees at the last forum — and required that the event move to a larger room.

“We are thrilled with the response to this year’s regulatory forum,” said Bill Balek, ISSA’s Director of Legislative Affairs. “As interest in environmentally preferable cleaning grows, ISSA will continue to keep its members up to date by offering sessions like these.”

In fourteen sessions held over two days, the forum touched on the ISSA sponsored CleanGredients database; the EPA Design for the Environment Formulator Program; and the new GS 42 standard and certification process for cleaning service providers. Other presentations addressed the USDA biobased procurement program; the USGBC LEED–EB certification program, and recent market research on the demand for green products. Experts also addressed state and local government green procurement policies, and developments in the school and hospital sectors. 

In an exciting development, Green Seal, TerraChoice Environmental Marketing (EcoLogo Program), CleanGredients and NSF International (on behalf of the DfE Formulator Program) all announced that they will provide ISSA members with special discounted pricing.  

“The incentives announced by each of these leaders in the green cleaning movement will encourage the further development and production of innovative, environmentally preferable, and effective cleaning products,” said Steve Ashkin, green cleaning expert and President of The Ashkin Group. “ISSA is to be congratulated for forging solutions that reduce economic and other barriers to businesses that are interested in pursuing environmental strategies.”