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Janitorial students learn to clean green

June 30, 2010
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JACKSONVILLE, FL — Students of Clara White Mission''s janitorial services job-training program are learning more than learn a new skill; they are becoming part of a different "mission" — to green Florida''s future, according to The Beaches Leader.
The Clara White Mission partners with businesses and local community organizations to reduce homelessness through advocacy, housing, job training and employment: In 2008, the Mission started a Janitorial/Environmental Services Training Program to train people for work as housekeepers and janitors in the hospitality industry, the article stated.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is providing hands-on green cleaning training at the Clara White Mission, the article noted.
"Our partnership with the Clara White Mission has been truly rewarding," said Director of Sustainable Initiatives Deas Bohn.
"We are able to help the mission provide students with a unique and marketable skill as they learn the benefits of green cleaning and to increase the use of green cleaners in businesses and industry," Bohn added.
According to the article, a green cleaning program is a complete approach to cleaning that examines the entire cleaning process: Programs assess space, products and work practices to maximize cleanliness while reducing unnecessary employee, staff, patient, visitor and environmental exposure to hazardous chemicals.
To compliment the informational component of the green cleaning training, DEP also provided green cleaning kits to the students; containing microfiber cloths, environmentally friendly cleaning products and ingredients and directions for creating chemical-free products, the article concluded.
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