Green Kleening Your Community One Building at a Time

MisterKleen EricKoch headshotBy Eric Koch, Mister Kleen Maintenance Company, Inc. Sales and Marketing Specialist

The cleaning industry certainly has evolved throughout the decades. This is especially true as it relates to the environmental movement, and the push for a healthier atmosphere using greener products, processes, and equipment.

While the 1970’s saw the creation of the EPA and OSHA, along with our very first Earth Day, it wasn’t until years later that we started to hear people talk more about cleaning for a healthier environment — “Cleaning for Health”.

Just Make it Look Clean!

Cleaning for Appearance was the phrase and direction we often received from clients throughout the 1970’s, 80’s and midway through the 90’s. There was no concern on the chemicals being used and the impact this was causing to building tenants and our employees. Our main objective was to make it look clean regardless of the impact these harsh chemicals had.

Flash forward to today and the conversation has changed to use green products to clean without releasing harsh odors that other chemical laden products have. This is what our green cleaning program, known as Green Kleen, is centered on to provide a healthier environment for us all.

Yes, being certified as a green cleaning company to Green Seal’s GS-42 Commercial and Institutional Cleaning Services standard is a differentiator for our company. What many people don’t know, however, is how green cleaning is near and dear to our story. (more…)

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Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City Achieves GOLD!

Hotel guests are demanding safer and more sustainable lodging options. And it is because of this commitment of caring for guests and staff that Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City is at the forefront of adopting practices that are more environmentally favorable and better for human health and safety.

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City is the second hotel in California and fifth nationwide to achieve Gold level certification under the Green Seal GS-33 Standard for Lodging Properties. The hotel was first certified in 2010. It is also one of the hotels in the LA Green Lodging Program, a partnership between the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation, The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, and Green Seal.

As a Gold certified property, Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City meets the standard’s rigorous criteria and is raising the bar of leadership– practicing it on a daily basis. (more…)


The Benefits of Buying Green on Campus and Beyond

Daniel PedersenBy Daniel Pedersen, Ph.D., Green Seal’s VP of Science & Standards

The AASHE STARS program can serve as a road-map to more sustainable purchasing policies. Green purchasing can benefit higher education campuses in many ways, and even drive the sustainability of the broader market.

What’s to be gained from green purchasing? First of all, green products are reliable and cost-effective; the myth that they are more expensive and don’t work as well was debunked long ago. Environmentally-preferable products are specified by half of the state governments in the U.S.; if these products didn’t cut the mustard, states would have dropped them.

Second, any sustainable purchasing on campus can be used to strengthen your green branding, marketing, and alumni/customer relations. As we all know, there is increased interest among students, faculty, and employees in attending a sustainable college. (more…)


The Power of Buying Green on Campus and Beyond

Daniel PedersenBy Daniel Pedersen, Ph.D., Green Seal’s VP of Science & Standards

Summer marks the beginning of the new fiscal year on many campuses – this is a good time to do some housecleaning and review your purchasing policies. Green purchasing is an easy and powerful way for higher education campuses to benefit, and even to drive the sustainability of the broader market.

The principles of green purchasing can easily increase sustainability when they are incorporated into purchasing specs and policies of individual departments or across the entire campus. Your campus can use the AASHE STARS program as a road-map to sustainability; the list of Operations (OP) credits is a good framework for green purchasing. You can make a big difference when you choose products like electronics, cleaning products (such as cleaners, paper towels, and bathroom tissue), and office paper. An emphasis on local items and services reduces transport needs and strengthens the local community, while environmentally-responsible food and beverages and low impact meals can reduce the footprint of dining services. Less frequent purchases – paints, insulation, windows, doors, furniture, and carpets – are important for the sustainability of building operations and maintenance or design and construction.

With a little more thought, campuses can estimate the environmental impact of ownership of items across their entire life cycle (more…)

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Insights from Inside the Green Office Partnership Program

This blog post describes the Green Seal Green Office Partnership Program experience from the perspective of a partner organization — the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Green Seal recently honored the IEEE Washington Office as a Green Office Partner for promoting a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable work environment.

The office, serving as IEEE-USA and IEEE Computer Society headquarters, was among 14 in the Washington metropolitan area to receive recognition in The Green Seal Green Office Partnership Program. It was chosen for a workplace sustainability review in September 2014, courtesy of the American Society of Association Executives Foundation, which provided a $500 grant to support the activity.

Green Seal Project Coordinator Ben Walsh toured the national capital workspace with a 45-item checklist, evaluating it against a set of mandatory and optional criteria:

  • Waste reduction & recycling
  • Office supplies
  • IT equipment & management
  • Kitchen & pantry supplies
  • Operational systems
  • Transportation
  • Staff training & education


My Internship with Green Seal

HeadshotBy Allison Killius, Green Seal’s Science & Standards Intern, Spring 2015

I began interning with Green Seal in March of 2015. I was looking for some work experience before returning to grad school in the fall, and one of my friends from Tulane University, Lisa Nash, told me about the environmental nonprofit she recently began working for, Green Seal. I applied for an internship and was invited to begin working with Brie and Daniel of the Science and Standards department.

My first few assignments helped me become familiar with the Green Seal website, certified products, and the many steps that go into developing and revising Green Seal Standards. My experience with Green Seal inspired me to become a more mindful consumer, introduced me to the rigorous process of stakeholder-based standard development, and allowed me to develop as a professional. (more…)

An Earth Day as Big as Texas

Linda retouchedBy Linda Chipperfield, Green Seal VP of Marketing & Communications

I just got back from exhibiting and speaking at Earth Day Texas, April 24th through 26th in Dallas. Touted as the biggest Earth Day event on the planet, it didn’t disappoint. It was a combination green festival, county fair (it was, after all, held at the Texas Fair Grounds), and networking conference with a wide variety of activities for both exhibitors and attendees. The mission of Earth Day Texas is to provide a forum for businesses, non-profits, academic institutions, and government agencies to network and engage the public in environmental topics.

The Cotton Bowl

Home of the Cotton Bowl

Several Green Seal clients were represented and our booth in the Automobile Building sat right between Renewal by Andersen and ServiceMaster Eagle Maintenance Co. Distributor Jan-Pak was close by, represented Clorox, Diversey, and Georgia Pacific, and Harvard University – Division of Continuing Education, a cleaning service client, had a booth in Centennial Hall. (more…)