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Does economic uncertainty equal green bailout?

September 19, 2010
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Lately, government bailouts are all-the-rage.

However, are building service contractors and in-house service providers “bailing out” of going green as the U.S. economy continues to sputter?

Unlike American’s version of “big business bailout du jour,” cleaning professionals may very well be viewing green as a nice touch, but aren’t necessarily breaking the bank to obtain these products.

There are also mixed feelings about sustainability as a whole.

Many facilities are forced to make sure that every dollar counts and many cleaners are being asked to do more with less.

But, can green stand up to the challenge?

Is being “sustainable” really worth it?

Where do your peers stand on these issues?

Audience reaction
Associate Editor Aaron Baunee recently reached out to the cmmonline.com Bulletin Board for answers.

Below are some responses:

Post:
A good sustainability discussion
What are your thoughts on the state of the sustainability movement? Do you feel that a slowing economy has any affect on companies and organizations pushing for sustainable practices? Do you think the Obama administration and the proposed increase in oversight and regulation will boost sustainability mandates?

Responses:
Ken Galo
What is the sustainability movement? Organized, legislated, mandated enforcement to guarantee business success for those on the pushing end?

Government will never take the view of the consumer when mandating, they will always assume to know what is best for you, them and us, and act accordingly.

Consumers care most about their pockets first, quality second, life/environment third, although 2 and 3 can be interchangeable to fit who is looking/watching.

Companies pushing sustainable practices do so because there is money for them at the end of that green rainbow and having the government more or less legislate them to financial success is a great place to be right now, for them.

Of course the new administration is going to have an affect, they will be looking for all sorts of way to create revenue streams to fund even more public work projects, what better way than to create sources like licensing? registrations? permits? etc..... on mandated sustainability programs.

Bob The Cleaner
Well, I think working with any tool that works is a good idea, and should be the primary motivator. Cost would be secondary, sustainability last. That being said, you are putting yourself at a disadvantage if you are not a LEED AP.

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