Thursday's Ask the Experts: Which green certification is best?
April 22, 2010
Thursday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Of all the various green certifications offered, can you suggest one that would be a safer bet than another?
I have found so many certifications, and now have doubts as to who would be the best.
Frankly, all certifications are as meaningful as the holder wishes them to be. I''ve seen Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) certified facilities using wasteful bleached c-fold towels, a simple thing to control.
When you are certified as green, you must work daily at keeping in line with the sustainability practices that protect the environment, meaning that getting a certificate is only the first step. Doing things correctly just long enough to earn a certification or a plaque to hang on the office wall is a waste of everyone''s time and makes the one doing so a true phony for which, unfortunately, there is no award to display.
My recommendation is to seek ISSA''s Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) certification, which now includes a green section, if you wish it. This program addresses the ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor
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