PHILADELPHIA — Cleaning crews are boldly steering janitorial carts into office buildings'' lobbies, work cubicles and restrooms when such potentially disruptive activity has long been considered a no-no: In the daytime, according to The Inquirer.
They are buffing and wiping and collecting trash in the middle of other workers'' workdays — even as those employees take phone calls, pore over spreadsheets or write reports, the article noted.
They cite reasons such as these: Daytime cleaning reduces operating costs — lights and heat don''t have to stay on all night and, as an added benefit, reports of workstation theft all but disappear, the article stated.
"It''s one of those almost-no-brainer changes that you look back and say, ''Why weren''t we doing this forever?''" said Dave Campoli, regional vice president for REIT Management/CommonWealth REIT, owners of One Franklin Plaza in Philadelphia, where tenant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been serviced by a daytime cleaning crew from ABM Industries since the fall.
Of all the sustainability initiatives, day cleaning is "the biggest bang for the buck; it doesn''t cost anything," said Marion Coker, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority''s (SEPTA) manager of strategic business planning and sustainability.
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