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September 19, 2010
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Sustainability Online Seminar available in archives

LATHAM, NY — The free Cleaning & Maintenance Management® magazine 2010 Critical Issues Online Seminar Series'' third installment on sustainability is now available for viewing.

The seminar was originally held Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST.

The educational event discussed the holistic nature of sustainability and featured David Holly, co-founder of the Green Cleaning University and president of Don''t Panic Productions Inc., and George Tomlison, president of the Academic Facility Council of the International Facility Managers Association (IFMA) and former front-line maintenance professional for the University of Alberta.

The informative 60-minute event was sponsored by ProTeam Inc., Kaivac Inc., Activeion Cleaning Solutions, Clorox Corporation and Air Cycle Corporation.

To access the Sustainability Online Seminar or other archived presentations from the 2010 Critical Issues Online Seminar Series, click here.

Servicon Systems receives Green Cleaning Champion Award

BLOOMINGTON, IL — The Ashkin Group LLC recently presented Servicon Systems Inc. and its management team with the Green Cleaning Champion Award, according to a press release.

The Green Cleaning Champion Award recognizes the best of the best in the cleaning industry for their commitment to sustainability and green cleaning, the release stated.

According to the release, the Green Cleaning Champion Award was issued during a special event on May 21 at Servicon''s headquarters in Culver City, California.

David Holly, director of The Ashkin Group, said: "Servicon has been practicing the principles of green cleaning for over a decade, long before ‘green'' became a buzzword. The commitment to Green and Sustainable issues permeates the company and is simply the way Servicon, the owners, managers and employees serve their clients."

Holly presented a commemorative plaque to Richard Mahdesian, general manager of Servicon; Michael Mahdesian, chairman of the board for Servicon; and Laurie Sewell, president of Servicon, the release noted.

Click here to read the complete release.

Lack of understanding interferes with sustainable efforts

WASHINGTON — A recent study from Ipsos Public Affairs, on behalf of Procter & Gamble Professional, found that 85 percent of respondents are interested in making their businesses more environmentally responsible but lack actionable knowledge, according to the Environmental Leader.

According to the story, the report, "Business Cleaning Sustainability Study," indicates that recycling and using energy-efficient light bulbs are the two primary measures implemented by businesses to become environmentally responsible at 75 percent and 67 percent respectively.

While 90 percent of respondents report sustainability and environmental responsibility is important for their business, only 42 percent report being very or extremely well-informed about the topic, the story stated.

Less than 25 percent of respondents say their businesses had sustainability guidelines and 33 percent admit to being confused at some stage regarding what it means to be green, the story noted.

Chris Vuturo, external relations manager for P&G Professional, said: "Countless green labels and varying definitions regarding what it is to be ‘green'' makes the process very confusing for purchasing managers and decision-makers."

Survey respondents, who were surveyed on their sustainability knowledge, product purchase decision-making process and cleaning habits, included cleaning product decision-makers in four sectors: Lodging, foodservice, health care and commercial cleaning, the story added.

Click here to read the complete article.

University of Colorado looks to reduce paper usage

BOULDER, CO — The Arts and Sciences Student Government at the University of Colorado at Boulder recently announced a plan to cut its paper usage by 90 percent, saving approximately 1,800 pieces of paper every semester, according to the Colorado Daily.

The Arts and Sciences Student Government will provide its 10 members with electronic copies of necessary documents instead of making a minimum of 15 copies for every meeting, the story stated.

According to the story, the savings might seem small, but the effort is intended to show students that the administration is serious about cutting costs, even if it means small moves.

The actions of the Arts and Sciences Student Government will help the overall goals of the university in achieving a 20 percent paper reduction by the year 2012, the story noted.

University of Colorado Student Government President Will Taylor said: "The paper reduction serves the sustainability portion of our objectives by mitigating the Arts and Sciences Student Government''s negative impact on the environment while simultaneously keeping college affordable by cutting the costs associated with paper supply purchases."

As paper reduction and sustainability in general continue to take over the campus, Jack DeBell, development director of recycling at the Environmental Center, said the paper reduction could encourage other departments to follow suit, the story added.

Click here to read the complete article.

Coca-Cola to operate more sustainably

SHANGHAI, China — The Coca-Cola Company, which recently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for its Chinese headquarters, plans to push the sustainable operation envelope even further, according to a press release.

The company has pledged to make 100 percent of its waste suitable for aquatic life and has improved its water efficiency by 35 percent since 2004, the release stated.

Improved packaging efficiency, which includes things like a reduction in the weight of its plastic bottles, is also on the horizon for Coca-Cola''s Chinese operation, the release noted.

According to the story, Coca-Cola''s plastic bottles are currently composed of 30 percent plant-based materials, which has reduced carbon emissions by several thousand tons.

Coca-Cola has invested many millions of dollars to improve the energy efficiency of its plants and to make its recycling efforts more stringent, moves it hopes will position the company as a sustainable leader in the years to come, the release added.

Click here to read the complete release.

New York City Mayor announces new sustainability czar

NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently appointed David Bragdon as director of Long-term Planning and Sustainability Office, according to a press release.

The office is responsible for the creation and implementation of PlaNYC 2030, New York City''s long-term vision for a greener, greater New York, the release stated.

Bragdon previously served as the president of the Portland Metro Council, an elected body that oversees regional planning, protection of natural areas, handling of solid waste, recycling and management of regional facilities for greater Portland area residents, the release noted.

According to the release, Bragdon is replacing Rohit Aggarwala, who helped spearhead the administration''s PlaNYC 2030 sustainability agenda.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said: "With nearly a decade of experience as the leader of a highly respected and influential regional planning agency, David has a rich experience looking across agencies and entities to create a vision for a sustainable future, just as we have done with PlaNYC. David is an exceptional addition to our team here as we continue to implement the initiatives in PlaNYC and work to update the plan and expand it to include solid waste."

Just as he attempted to do in his role with the Portland Metro Council, Bragdon will plan how the greater New York City area will handle a million additional residents in the next 20 years, the release added.

Click here to read the complete release.

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