ISSA Expands Its Role as Green Cleaning Resource with the USGBC Center for Green Schools
Lincolnwood, IL– ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, is proud to announce its support of the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Center for Green Schools by providing green cleaning resources to the educational facility community. In line with the center’s vision of green schools for all within this generation, ISSA provides the tools necessary to create healthy spaces for students to live and learn, work, and play.
ISSA and the Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS), along with its CIMS-Green Building (GB) program, have been highlighted as resources for the higher education community in the Center’s Roadmap to a Green Campus. The Center for Green Schools identifies ISSA and CIMS as key options to provide clarity, inspiration, and supporting research for educational facilities when addressing green cleaning.
“Delivering a clean, healthy environment for students to learn is just as important as constructing and maintaining buildings that conserve resources and operate in an efficient manner,” said Center for Green Schools Higher Education Director Jaime Van Mourik.
“ISSA’s CIMS-Green Building program provides a framework for educational facilities to be integrating sustainable practices into daily business operations. The Center for Green Schools is thrilled to have the support of ISSA who is committed to helping us achieve our ultimate goal of providing green schools & campuses for every student within this generation.”
A New Way to View Cleaning
Working with the Center for Green Schools is one of many facility management outreach initiatives ISSA recently has undertaken as part of its renewed goal to change the way the world views cleaning. The association aims to help its members gain greater appreciation within the facility management community for the investment proper cleaning truly is – one in human health, the environment and ultimately in facilities’ bottom lines.
“Our work on such projects as the IFMA Foundation’s Global Guide to Green Cleaning has helped educate the overall facility management population, but we continue to strive for even more specific ways to educate decision makers in various market segments,” said ISSA Director of Facility Service Programs Dan Wagner. “We are pleased to have this new opportunity to more specifically support educational facility managers through our relationship with the USGBC Center for Green Schools.”
ISSA also will exhibit at the USGBC GreenBuild show, October 4-7, in Toronto, Canada at Booth 2141N. ISSA will offer the opportunity for attendees to test drive the new Transpare online product registry as well as educate visitors regarding the role of CIMS and CIMS-GB in helping companies comply with USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings: Operation & Maintenance —LEED EB: O&M—requirements.
Find the Center for Green Schools Roadmap at http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/roadmap-resources.aspx <https://email.issa.com/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/roadmap-resources.aspx> .
CIMS certification create the framework for a well-managed and service-oriented cleaning organization based on five key principles. CIMS-Green Building also sets the standard for providing quality green cleaning services. CIMS and CIMS-GB certification provides third-party verification that an organization meets those standards. For more information about CIMS, to find certified organizations or to locate experts to help you meet the standards, visit www.issa.com/cims <file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/jvanmourik/Local%20Settings/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/CO30TOZP/www.issa.com/cims> .
As the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide, ISSA represents a membership of more than 5,500 distributor, manufacturer, building service contractor, in-house service provider, and association service members.
ISSA offers the industry’s largest cleaning shows, business tools, educational products, industry standards, technology, legislative and regulatory services, and publications that specifically focus on the professional cleaning industry. For more information about ISSA visit http://www.issa.com.