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Team Clean press release

July 21, 2010
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Team Clean to help Oahu facilities to quality for LEED Green Building Rating System
HONOLULU — Honolulu-based Team Clean, Inc. has become the first
professional cleaning company in the State of Hawaii to be awarded Cleaning Industry
Management Standard (CIMS) Green Building (GB) certification by the ISSA, the worldwide
cleaning industry association. CIMS is the universally accepted standard for quality in the
cleaning industry.
Team Clean is now certified to help clients across Oahu to green their operations overall. In
addition, Team Clean can support local facilities, such as hotels and resorts, in their efforts to
achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designation for the Existing
Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) Green Building Rating System.
"The attainment of Green Building certification reflects the commitment that each and every
one of us at Team Clean has to operational excellence and sustainability — especially our
dedication to preserving our natural island environment," said Brian Keala Benz, president,
Team Clean, Inc. "I am extremely proud of all of our team members who, working together,
were the first to achieve Green Building certification in Hawaii."
Introduced in October 2009, CIMS-GB focuses on the delivery of sustainable cleaning services.
As a fully-certified CIMS GB professional cleaning company, Team Clean will not only help local
facilities to achieve LEED-EBOM points while giving all clients peace-of-mind that their
processes are both green and highly-effective.
CIMS-GB was developed with sustainability in mind. Criteria for this designation are based on
the sustainable cleaning requirements of LEED-EBOM. Emphasis is placed on Team CleanÕs
efforts to conserve resources, including cleaning materials, water, energy and transportation
used during the cleaning process.
In addition, a minimum of 60 percent (by purchase cost) of the cleaning products provided by
Team Clean and used in a GB-compliant building must meet applicable Green Seal¨ or
Environmental Choice certification criteria or meet the requirements under the U.S. EPA''s
Design for the Environment Program. Across the cleaning process, importance is placed on
waste reduction and recycling.
As part of the certification process, an independent, accredited assessor conducted on-site
reviews of Team Clean''s systems, processes, and documentation. The assessor also visited
randomly selected Team Clean customers to ensure that the organization''s activities are
consistent with its documented systems and processes.
About Team Clean
Proud to be a locally owned and Hawaii-operated company, Team Clean is a culturally diverse
company led by certified cleaning professionals. We deliver clean results, with Aloha and
respect for our community and island lifestyle. Our philosophy is to use cleaning fundamentals
as our process, advanced technology as our tools and passion as the fuel that drives our
performance. These techniques allow us to redefine ''clean'' by customizing healthy, efficient
and effective housekeeping solutions for hotels, shopping malls and commercial properties on
O''ahu. Visit for more information.
About ISSA
The leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide, ISSA has a membership that
includes more than 5,500 distributor, manufacturer, manufacturer representative, building
service contractor, in-house service provider, and associated service members. ISSA offers the
industry''s largest cleaning shows in conjunction with Amsterdam RAI under the brand name
ISSA/INTERCLEAN¨, the popular Web site, educational products, industry
standards, periodicals, and legislative and regulatory services that specifically focus on the
professional cleaning industry.
The association is headquartered in Lincolnwood, IL, USA, with regional offices in Amsterdam,
Netherlands; Leicester, United Kingdom; Monterrey, Mexico; Singapore; and Shanghai, China.
ISSA also works with more than 75 associations, alliances, and government agencies around the
world to represent the cleaning industry.
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