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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.
The answer:
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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