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Green cleaning seen as better for everyone

January 23, 2012
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AUBURN, NY — Twenty years ago, the Auburn Enlarged City School District had few rules and guidelines regarding the use of chemicals in public buildings, and little idea how their use affected building occupants, according to The Citizen.

Twenty years later, however, the practice of using chemicals so potent that they could eat away the glue that held shoes together has been phased out, the article stated.

"We have been into green cleaning for several years now. It was actually mandated by the New York State Education Department (SED) that we start trying out green products," said Larry Garuccio, the director of facilities for the Auburn Enlarged City School District.

According to the article, the New York State Office of General Services has established guidelines for schools and other public buildings to use in developing their own cleaning policies and procedures.

Some of the key points include: Using power equipment that is ergonomically designed to minimize vibration, noise and user fatigue; and purchasing cleaning equipment based on durability, energy efficiency, effectiveness and quietness, not just cost, the article noted.

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