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Building Wellness Institute helps Montgomery College go green

December 17, 2009
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ROCKVILLE, MD — Montgomery College''s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus facilities department recently completed Building Wellness Institute Certification Training, the first green cleaning training program in the nation to receive GS-42 accreditation through Green Seal Inc., according to a press release.
According to the release, GS-42-compliant Building Wellness Institute Certification Training will help the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus'' facilities department''s supervisory team further reduce costs and protect the environment through the adoption of environmentally friendly chemicals and more efficient cleaning processes.
Montgomery College, a leader in sustainability since the late 1970s, has many green initiatives, including renewable wind power providing 75 percent of their electricity needs, which keeps more than 33 million pounds of carbon dioxide out of the air and renewable solar energy, which is generated onsite and converted into hot water and electricity that saves them $250,000 yearly, the release stated.
Terry Evelyn, director of campus facilities at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, said: "With the Building Wellness Institute Certification Training, our building services staff can directly contribute to the success of Montgomery College''s resource conservation program. By using healthy and cost-effective cleaning products and processes, our building services team is aligned with Montgomery College''s goal of providing safe, comfortable, economical and environmentally friendly facilities, which help contribute to student success at our community college."
Montgomery College also recycles nearly 70 percent of its waste, for which it has received awards from Montgomery County, the release noted.
In addition to its GS-42-accredited training program, the Building Wellness Institute also provided consulting and assessment services to Montgomery College in an effort to develop and execute green cleaning initiatives that align with their budget and environmental wellness goals, the release added.
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