March <I>CMM</I>: Measuring Green Cleaning
March 24, 2010
The March issue of CM/Cleaning & Maintenance Management® magazine is now available online, featuring Dr. Jason Marshall''s "Measuring Green Cleaning" article.
Marshall states that, developed in conjunction with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell''s Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI), the International Executive Housekeepers Association Inc.''s (IEHA) new High-performance Cleaning Product (HPCP) testing program is the first and the only program from a cleaning industry association designed to focus solely on green cleaning product performance, starting with hard surface cleaning products.
He notes that HPCP is designed to show that a green product has been tested on real-life soils and found to work — and work well.
Marshall adds that, in recent years, TURI developed tests to determine the efficacy of hard surface green cleaning or janitorial products and, in many cases, has performed such tests for companies seeking to meet the basic performance criteria of green certification groups such as Green Seal Inc. or Terrachoice Environmental Marketing''s Ecologo Program.
According to Marshall, besides raising the bar for manufacturers, HPCP is a powerful tool that can help savvy professionals raise their bottom lines.
Dr. Jason Marshall attended the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, earning a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1995, a Masters of Science in Environmental Studies in 2001 and a Doctorate of Science in Occupational & Environmental Hygiene in 2008. In 1997, he was employed by the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) working in the Surface Solutions Laboratory as a technician, evaluating the performance of alternative cleaning products. During employment as the laboratory director at the TURI, Marshall has published several articles focusing on the work conducted at TURI''s laboratory.
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