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‘Green Cleaning’ Guide for Facilities Managers Released

healthy buildingA “green cleaning” guide for facilities managers makes the business case for a green cleaning program, according to the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), which published the guide.

The guide, Sustainability How-to Guide: Global Green Cleaning, was originally published in 2009 and updated in 2011. It has been updated again to reflect recent changes and industry trends and is available for free download.

It examines green cleaning from a facility management perspective, providing the tools needed for facility management professionals to understand the benefits and make the business case for a green cleaning program. The guide also addresses the need for a more widespread use of green cleaning practices as well as the steps involved in implementing such a program for many different organization types.

Topics covered include: greenwashing, green cleaning equipment, product and service providers, and the effects on indoor air quality and occupant health. With a detailed overview of the implementation process and real-world examples, the 74-page guide can help facilities managers develop and implement a comprehensive green cleaning program, IFMA says.

In addition to having a smaller environmental impact compared to their traditional counterparts, green cleaning products can improve occupant health and wellness — and drive business benefits such as improved employee productivity.

Zero-VOC products, for example, mean building occupants aren’t exposed to these chemicals that can irritate eyes and cause central nervous system damage.

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