Earth Day and the cleaning industry
LATHAM, NY — Today marks the 44th celebration of Earth Day in the U.S.
Founded in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, the first Earth Day was an event where "20 million Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies," according to EarthDay.org.
Based on this reaction, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was formed, and acts were passed to protect air, water and endangered species, the site reported.
Today, Earth Day has grown into an international event, and different acts of sustainability have become a part of everyday life.
From solar power to recycling efforts, companies, facilities and individuals are all working together to increase efficiencies and achieve more using less.
In this effort, the cleaning industry is definitely poised to make a difference.
As Cleaning & Maintenance Management highlighted in its March 2014 issue, there are a number of new technologies and updated techniques to help any cleaning operation become more "green."
The March issue covers:
- Increasing productivity responsibly
- Chemical-free cleaning
- Sustainability color coding
- Recharging a recycling program
- How to "green" pest management.
As the cleaning industry's most trusted information resource, Cleaning & Maintenance Management is proud to highlight how facility managers and building service contractors contribute to improving sustainability efforts, and we look forward to reporting on further advances in the future.
Happy Earth Day!