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Seattle building becomes a LEED-er

February 04, 2011
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SEATTLE — ABM Janitorial Services, through its industry-leading ABM Green Care program, played a key role in helping a marquee Seattle property achieve Platinum certification, the highest level under the U.S. Green Building Council''s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EB OM), according to a press release.
The property at 1201 Third Avenue in Seattle received the LEED-EB:OM Platinum designation for a comprehensive set of measures that demonstrated the building''s efficiency and sustainability, the release noted.
ABM Janitorial Services fully implemented the ABM Green Care program incorporating a number of specific measures to enhance the sustainability of one of Seattle''s leading properties, which included establishing a high-performance commercial cleaning program, utilizing "green" cleaning supplies and deploying advanced cleaning equipment and introducing a client-focused recycling and waste program as well as a green cleaning policy, the release stated.
"We asked ABM to begin a green cleaning program over three years ago, and since then it has become our standard," said Jeff Myrter, general manager and director of property management with Wright Runstad & Company.
"We wanted a comprehensive, integrated program. In 2008, we decided to phase in composting, and ABM''s team helped us roll this out. Now, most of our tenants are participating as we divert more waste away from landfills. Our partnership with ABM began in 1988, and it''s terrific to look back and see how we''ve continued to evolve the cleaning program over the years. This prestigious recognition for 1201 Third Avenue demonstrates the success of our efforts," Myrter added.
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