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Healthy Building Environments Require Training

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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) June 15, 2011 - The field of employment that applies to custodial maintenance, janitorial services, or environmental health services has long been without a certified training program.  Now that GREEN has come along and focused our attention on the health impact of cleaning, more and more conversation depends upon applying Green practices.  This will cause more companies to ask the question, “what are the best Green practices, and how can they be applied to custodial services?”

Exciting Green Career for 2011 Job Market

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The Green Business League is building the most impressive Green Consultant and auditing force in the country with international offices growing as well. Most experts admit that the Green program has not yet caught fire, but is showing signs of becoming a mainstay of American business. More than a decade of Green rhetoric and token efforts is no longer good enough. More and more companies are asking, “Are you Green certified?” (And they don’t mean did you buy a Green logo off the Internet). By the way, no one should accept flimsy un-audited certifications anyway.

What Makes a Green Hotel … Green?

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I was reminded of this issue when I visited yet another hotel where I found the customer notice, “Help Save Water, Help Save the World.”  Essentially, it instructed the guests to throw used towels on the floor so that not all towels need to be laundered.  Other times we are told to not request bed linen changes every day.  Neither request is a problem for me, so I accept the challenge to be a Greener tourist or business traveler.
 

So, What is Green IT Anyway?

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The truth is no one really has a handle on Green IT, but we know that it is out there hiding…somewhere.  The problem is that the techies are trying to make it “technical” by talking about more efficient programming, servers and cloud technology.  For the real world, it need not be that complex.  Let me give you a rundown of some Green IT applications:

Bogus Green Business Certification

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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) March 7, 2011 - Imagine buying a car that had no quality control or eating food at a restaurant that bribed the inspector to leave them alone.  No one wants to get into an airplane that has not been inspected by a trained professional from time to time.  This is the case for 90% of the Green business certifications on the market.  The public wants to know that a Green business has done more than design their own logo with a graphics program or bought a certification sight-unseen from an Internet vendor.

Green Training for Green Businesses

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(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) February 18, 2011 - No serious program will succeed without information and support.  Too often, a form of proxy Green exists where environmental concerns are shifted others and forgotten.  To have a Green program in the company requires broad participation and continued improvement.  Remember, we did not get into the environmental problem in a day, and it is estimated that it will take 3-5 years for a company to mature into a Green operation.

We strongly suggest that companies install this training in the order as follows:

Green Business Market Penetration Facts

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(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) February 8, 2011 - There is one statement that tends to evoke a knee-jerk reaction, and that occurs when I say that the reputable Green business programs have had less than a 3-5% penetration into the marketplace.  This does include such good programs as LEED, ISO, and Green Business League that perform live audits instead of some token programs that use self-assessment or Internet forms.  The honest programs always prove their value by requiring a live audit and benchmark for achievement.  The rest are simply not credible.

Skids, Trays, and Packaging for Green Businesses

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As our landfills burst at the seams, there is no doubt that we have a unfortunate penchant for throwing things away.   Like throwing trash out of the window of the car, the trash becomes someone else’s problem.   Neither of this bad habits can be put in a positive light, even if we can get away with it.

Many companies receive supplies, products, and equipment wrapped, secured, and delivered on pallets, skids, trays, and boxes.

What is a Green Officer?

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We do make distinction between a Green officer and a Certified Sustainability Officer.  Referring to Executive Order #13514, the installation of a person to champion the sustainability plan is a basic requirement.  Oftentimes, this person is not well trained although they are willing and personally committed to environmental causes.  When the officer is trained, they have the ability of the CSO to provide greater insight and a better sustainability plan for a company wishing to Go Green.

Is Your Janitorial Service Green?

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One of the absolute worst greenwashing offenders are janitorial services.  They are not alone in this misdirection because greenwashing is popular in many businesses.  There has been no way to establish a metric or measurement for Green in nearly any business.  How many companies have installed CFL bulbs and advertised the next day that they have “Gone Green”?   Yet, janitorial services have resisted the extra effort (and cost) of Green certification because they believe the no business is asking for Green vendors.

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