What Is Green Cleaning?
Green cleaning protects health without causing harm to the environment - it shows responsible effort to minimize the impact of cleaning materials on your building and on everyone who enters.
Why Is Green Cleaning Important?
What Are The Benefits?
Green facilities and green cleaning programs can help your bottom line. In the areas of water conservation, energy efficiency, improved indoor air quality, and green product usage, your facility will see an improvement in cost reduction and ROI.
- Reduced Absenteeism
- Lower Utility Bills
- Reduced Disposal Costs
- Increased Building Efficiency
- Longer Building Life
- Health Insurance Rate Reduction
- Tax Breaks
- Higher Occupancy Levels
- Higher Caliber Building Tenants
- Ability to Obtain Higher Lease Rates
With a regularly scheduled green cleaning program, you can improve worker and occupant health while improving the appearance of your facility. Your green cleaning program will create better occupant satisfaction and retention, increase on-site property staff health, improve worker safety, and create a mentality of higher standards, pride, and purpose throughout your organization.
Who Says It's Green?
Founded in 1989, Green Seal, a non-profit organization, provides science-based environmental certification standards that are credible, transparent, and essential in an increasingly educated and competitive marketplace. Their industry knowledge and standards help manufacturers, purchasers, and end users alike make responsible choices that positively impact business behavior and improve quality of life. Green Seal works with manufacturers, industry sectors, purchasing groups, and governments at all levels to "green" the production and purchasing chain. Products only become Green Seal certified after rigorous testing and evaluation, including on-site plant visits.
United States Green Building Council
The United States Green Building Council is a non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices. USGBC is composed of more than 12,000 organizations from across the building industry that are working to advance structures that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.
LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Developed by the USGBC, LEED® addresses all building types and emphasizes state-of-the art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, and indoor environmental quality. LEED® aims to improve occupant well-being, environmental performance, and economic returns of buildings using established and innovative practices, standards, and technologies.
Environmental Protection Agency
The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect health and the environment, working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people. The EPA leads the nation's environmental science, research, education, and assessments efforts. The EPA develops and enforces regulations, offers financial assistance for environmental programs and research, performs environmental research, sponsors voluntary partnerships and programs, furthers environmental education, and publishes environmental information.
Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval
The Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval program identifies effective carpet cleaning solutions and cleaning equipment that clean carpet right the first time and protects a facility's carpet investment. The CRI's strict standards are applied to spot and stain removers, vacuum cleaners, and carpet extractors.
Select Green Seal Certified and Environmentally Preferred Products
SupplyWorks offers green products to promote sustainable, environmentally friendly cleaning. Our green products often include third party certification (Green Seal, EcoLogo, CRI, Energy Star) to substantiate environmentally preferable claims.
Implement Green Cleaning Processes
Your SupplyWorks consultant can also work with you to implement an customized end-user training program, providing an opportunity to learn how to put science-based green standards into practice through technical staff training and cleaning program analysis.
Green Cleaning Certification
CleanGreen ScoreReport™ is a cost-managed curriculum designed to promote the use of eco-sensitive products and procedures along with a full and comprehensive training program leading to green cleaning certification.
Attain Third-party Certification for Your Green Cleaning Program
Green Seal is the only independent, third-party organization certifying green cleaning programs through their Green Seal Standard GS-42. The cleaning contractor or in-house cleaning service must have a building specific Green Cleaning Plan in place that comprehensively describes the methods by which a facility is cleaned effectively while protecting human health and the environment.
Develop a Complete Green Certified Building
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system for new building construction and for existing buildings (LEED-EB®). SupplyWorks can help you achieve LEED-EB® whole-building cleaning and maintenance credits for:
- Chemical Proportioning
- Controlled Paper Usage
- Water Conservation
- Energy Conservation
- Indoor Air Quality
- Exterior Maintenance Programs
- Entrance Matting
- Insect and Pest Management
- Environmentally Preferred Products
In addition to being the largest national janitorial products distributor, SupplyWorks can also help you earn LEED-EB® accreditation through our new Facility Maintenance Supplies offering. We have a complete MRO facility maintenance product offering to help you develop a complete green certified building: