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ISSA supporters release

June 2, 2009
Lincolnwood, IL– ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, announced that Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP) and Technical Concepts have become the first Visionary Supporters of the association’s new Green Connections Center, which will serve as the centerpiece of the ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2009 tradeshow at McCormick Place in Chicago, October 6-9.
ISSA developed the Green Connections Center to help tradeshow attendees develop a better understanding of the association’s initiatives to combine cleaning and science to improve occupant health in various facility settings. These environments include schools, food service, hospitals, and health care institutions, as well as commercial, industrial and public facilities.
As Visionary Supporters of the center, RCP and Technical Concepts align themselves with ISSA’s mission and position themselves as industry leaders. The Visionary Supporter distinction represents the highest of the Green Connections Center’s three support levels, and with it, RCP and Technical Concepts will:

· Display environmentally preferable products in the center’s Green Product Showcase

· Conduct product demonstrations in the center’s full-size mock restroom and classroom areas

· Place case studies or research reports in the area’s Research Library for attendees to take with them.

Other organizations have committed to support the Green Connections Center at different levels. A complete listing of supporters and additional information about the Green Connections Center can be found at http://www.issa.com/gc.
Supporting the Green Connections Center is just another way RCP and Technical Concepts illustrate their commitment to the environment and overall sustainability initiatives. RCP’s internal recycling program has achieved a plant recycling rate of 54%, up 2% over last year. Thus far in 2009, the organization has recycled enough paper to save 4,352 trees, while the plastic it has recycled has saved 37,990 gallons of oil.
RCP has also partnered with Waste Management and Northern Colorado Paper to develop the “Take Back” Pilot Program for smarter, sustainable solutions. The six-month program is underway in Colorado’s “Front Range” area, where Northern Colorado Paper offers to take back RCP products that have reached the end of their useful life and transport them back to the Waste Management materials recovery facility in Ft. Collins, Colo., for recycling. Finally, RCP has developed a green/sustainability website at: http://www.rcpworksmarter.com/rcp/green/. The site showcases the company’s sustainable products and operations, as well as sustainability resources.