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Nichols Green Facilities Conference Release

February 02, 2010
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MUSKEGON, MI — In keeping with its solid commitment to green cleaning and sustainability, Muskegon-based Nichols will host an all-day Green Facilities Conference on Tuesday, March 23, at Calvin College''s Prince Conference Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Keynote speaker Alan Bigger, retired facilities director from Earlham College and Notre Dame University and author of the book Frugalisms: Creative Ideas on Leadership in Facilities and Housekeeping Operations, will bring a front line message to conference participants. This is Nichols fifth annual Green Facilities Conference and attendance has been increasing every year and near capacity — so first come, first serve.

Nichols'' Green Cleaning Program — which involves a holistic, comprehensive approach to cleaning — includes a large selection of environmentally friendly products, ongoing education of customers and the training of building maintenance professionals and building occupants to better understand their role in the health and safety of their environment. The primary market is customers who have developed formalized environmental and sustainability objectives, including (but not limited to) government offices, manufacturing companies, school systems, colleges and universities, hotels and other commercial and industrial accounts.

The focus of the conference will be on educating Nichols'' customers and others about maintaining healthy buildings while still protecting the environment. In addition to Bigger’s presentation, the event will include more than 25 educational workshops led by national, state, and local speakers. Many new workshops have been added this year and there is a well-rounded offering of workshops to gain knowledge about maintaining green buildings including a specific track for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED-EBOM), Lean/5S for Facilities Management, Environmental Sustainability for Health Care Facilities, Lowering the Cost of Green Through Incentives and Grants, a couple relating to creating a new culture around sustainability and several case studies from local organizations who have implemented sustainability best practices.

The cost for the Green Facilities Conference is $80 per person, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Anyone who is interested in attending may register by calling Nichols at 800-442-0213, ext. 111.

Nichols is the largest independent distributor of cleaning, protection and packaging supplies in the state of Michigan, has been in business for nearly seventy years, is headquartered in Muskegon and services over four thousand customers. Nichols also has branches in Wixom, Holland, Traverse City and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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