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CFCE release 7.23

July 23, 2012

Distinguished Speakers and Exhibitors Added to Next Chemical-Free Cleaning Conference and Expo

University of Maryland’s roster of scientists, experts, and manufacturers continues to grow;
all focused on reducing the chemicals used to maintain the places we live, work, and play everyday

College Park, Maryland. — The Chemical Free Cleaning Network, in partnership with the University of Maryland’s Department of Residential Facilities & Building Services at College Park and Cleaning and Maintenance Magazine, is pleased to announce the addition of more speakers and exhibitors to its second Chemical-Free Cleaning Network Conference and Expo taking place September 18—19, 2012 at the University’s Stamp Center.

“The enthusiastic response to our first expo at NOVA University last winter confirmed our hunch: professionals are hungry for alternative ways to clean, sanitize, and disinfect sustainably,” commented Vince Elliott of Elliott and Affiliates, Ltd., and founder of the Chemical-Free Cleaning Network. “At the conclusion of the event, virtually all attendees I spoke to asked when the next Expo would take place. Well, it’s now scheduled and attendees can expect even more speakers, better case studies, and of course, the newest innovations and technologies to help them continue—and in some cases even start—the journey to chemical-free.”

At the Expo, members of the cleaning industry, contractors, facilities and real estate managers, attendees, as well as interested members of the general public, will experience informative presentations by even more innovative leaders like:

TOMMY LITTLE is the Manager of Building Services for the Georgia Institute of Technology Facilities Department. He established and has led Georgia Tech’s Green Cleaning Program since 2003 progressively reducing the University’s dependency on synthetic chemicals to clean and maintain the campus. Mr. Little has a strong commitment to protecting the health of faculty, staff, and students without harming the environment. His Green Cleaning Program has earned the University LEED credits through the U.S. Green Building Council as well as being featured in the bulletin of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Mr. Little’s department was awarded the 2007 Green Cleaning Award by The American School and University Magazine, the Green Cleaning Award, and the Healthy Schools Campaign. In 2008, the University presented Mr. Little with the Environmental Leadership Award for his work in reducing chemicals on the University campus. To-date, Mr. Little’s work has saved the University over $150,000 through the reduction in chemicals. In his presentation, Mr. Little will share specific, quantifiable data on how his program has benefitted the University through cost savings, chemical reduction, and dramatically increased sustainability.

ANNE STEINMANN, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of public affairs at University of Washington, will share recent study discoveries that 25 commonly used scented cleaning and laundry products emit an average of 17 chemicals each. Of the 133 different chemicals detected, nearly a quarter are classified as toxic or hazardous under at least one federal law. Only one emitted compound was listed on a product label, and only two were publicly disclosed anywhere. "We analyzed best-selling products, and about half of them made some claim about being green, organic or natural," said Steinmann. "Surprisingly, the green products'' emissions of hazardous chemicals were not significantly different from the other products." The article is published in the journal Environmental Impact Assessment Review.

REX MORRISON, President of the non-profit Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools (PCHS) Consortium, Inc. Rex pioneered PCHS in 100 schools in the Washoe County School District, Reno, NV - one of the few districts in the nation to achieve ISO 9001 Certification due to its focus on quality and standardized process. Rex now helps school districts across the nation implement the PCHS program to improve the health of the indoor environment by implementing chemical-free systems, and save money and jobs by making cleaning processes more efficient and effective. www.pc4hf.org

DR. ROBERT POWITZ, Forensic Sanitarian, will speak about the importance of data and measurement. With a Ph.D and M.P.H. in environmental health and environmental microbiology from the University of Minnesota, Bob is past Director of Environmental Health & Safety, Wayne State U in Detroit, and Biological Safety Officer for USDA at Plum Island Animal Disease Center. His firm provides forensic, public health and general environmental health and safety advisory services to law firms, insurance companies, industry and governmental agencies. Bob is currently a contract instructor with NSF International and serves as part-time Health Director for three towns in Connecticut. www.sanitarian.com

RUBEN RIVES, the owner of Miami-based H2Only Renewable Cleaning—virtually the only company in the nation cleaning and disinfecting 100% chemical-free. He maintains schools in the Somerset Charter Schools system almost exclusively using water and low-moisture steam vapor. Mr. Rives has been featured in School Planning and Management Magazine, and Cleaning and Maintenance Management Magazine. He will speak about his experinces with chemical-free cleaning and the benefits his customers realize. His system takes less time, cleans more thoroughly, uses no chemicals, reduces skin and lung exposure to toxic fumes, and lessens surface degradation and dulling. http://propertyserviceandsupplies.com.

The Chemical-Free Cleaning Expo also continues to build its array of leading manufacturers and distributors of chemical-free cleaning technologies that will be presenting new technologies and invaluable information at the event. The latest distinguished additions are:

Advanced Vapor Technologies, an innovator in products for commercial, industrial, and residential settings, will display and demonstrate MondoVap, a superheated, low vapor cleaner that both cleans and disinfects. It is equipped with patented TANCS technology, which uses the mineral content in normal tap water as a micro-abrasive, making it more effective than standard steam cleaners and safer than cleaning chemicals. www.advap.com

AquaOx will present its ''NEW (Neutral Electrolyzed Water)'' solutions. NEW effectively destroys microorganisms, so they cannot build up resistance to ''NEW'' as they can to other sanitizers and disinfectants. Proven to be more effective than toxic chemicals against bacteria, viruses, fungi, molds, and other microbiological organisms, ''NEW'' can be produced in large volumes and has an extended shelf life. www.aquaox.com

Steril-Aire will exhibit their multi-patented UVC emitters, applied in an HVAC system, which continuously clean coils, drain pans, plenums and ducts, without using harsh chemicals. Chemical cleaning, expensive and potentially harmful to employees and building occupants, is eliminated permanently. Coils are restored to "as built" condition, generating significant energy savings - typically 10-20% annually. General IAQ is improved in buildings, leading to better productivity and lower absenteeism rates, as emitters eliminate surface and airborne microorganisms, such as mold, bacteria, viruses, and associated odors. www.steril-aire.com

ELLIOTT AFFILIATES, a leader in performance-based measurement and management of facilities services for over 35 years, will present information on performance-based Chemical-Free custodial, IPM and grounds contracts. Their process ensures the highest level of sustainability is delivered from the RFP documents to daily service delivery. Additionally, studies on Chemical-Free benchmarking, ongoing measurement, and TQM reporting methods will be discussed. www.ealtd.com.

GENEON TECHNOLOGIES helps professionals bring greater health and safety in how they maintain the places we live, work and play every day through proven, sustainable, high-performing chemical-free solutions. Geneon infuses water and minerals with electricity to create a unique cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting solution ideal for non-porous surfaces, including both non-food contact and food contact. With Geneon, professionals, end-users, and customers face no risk from traditional chemicals or residues. Attendees will have the opportunity to try the new Geneon Trio as well as review test data on the cleaning and microbial efficacy of the Geneon solution. Geneon: Better Cleaning Through Technology. www.geneontechnologies.com.

ORBIO TECHNOLOGIES, a Tennant Company Group, will present their sustainable technology portfolio. Orbio Blended Stream Technology (ec-H2O), cleans effectively in on-board floor scrubbers using only water and electricity. New to the market, Orbio Split-Stream Technology (5000-Sc), uses water, salt, and electricity to create an effective, sustainable, cleaning solution that can replace many conventional daily-use chemicals in a wide range of applications on and off the floor. www.orbio.com.

TOMCAT is a leading manufacturer of battery-powered floor care equipment and will present its ZerO3 aqueous ozone technology. Tomcat''s EDGE surface preparation machines remove multiple layers of finish without using chemicals. Stone polishing eliminates the use of floor finish, epoxy, urethanes and other temporary coatings. This new approach to floor preparation also helps achieve increased productivity, reduced slip/fall liability, and reduce water usage by 70%. www.tomcatequip.com.

The conference will examine and showcase innovative cleaning technologies and strategies that are changing the way buildings are maintained in 2012 and beyond. Methods for understanding the budget, health, and environmental consequences will be explored and critiqued. Regulatory information, end-user case studies, peer networking, and equipment demonstrations will highlight the conference and help attendees understand how the newest technologies can safeguard the health of all building occupants.

“Those who adopt the emerging technologies that will be featured at the conference will lower costs, improve property image, and gain an advantage in a competitive market,” stressed Elliott.

The case for chemical-free cleaning can be found in the statistics surrounding the use of synthetic chemicals to maintain our buildings and spaces:
• 6,000,000,000 pounds of toxic chemicals are dumped into our environment each year;
• 10,000,000 office workers are annually affected by use of cleaning chemicals;
• 200,000 cleaning workers suffer chemical-related injuries each year;

Employing the innovative cleaning processes, equipment, and strategies featured at the conference will reduce worker injuries, increase productivity, and save on chemical expenses.

The registration fee to attend the two-day conference is $109 at the door or $79 online in advance. Members of the Chemical-Free Cleaning Network can attend the conference for just $20.
For more information, please visit www.cfcn.info or call 410.296.0120.

Sponsored by Cleaning & Maintenance Management Magazine. www.cmmonline.com

About The Chemical-Free Cleaning Network
The Chemical-Free Cleaning Network was established by industry visionary Vince Elliott, B.S., M.H.S., who brings nearly four decades of professional experience developing innovative cleaning strategies for commercial and industrial applications. The Network brings these disparate technologies and strategies under one connected organization to benefit building proprietors, janitorial service managers, homeowners, and our ecosystem as a whole.

Copyright 2012 The Chemical-Free Cleaning Network