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March 10, 2010
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LINCOLNWOOD, ILThe U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently approved a statement in support of the ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard''s (CIMS) Green Building (GB) criteria and designation. The USGBC''s support of CIMS-GB as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) resource further substantiates CIMS-GB as the preeminent green-cleaning management framework and certification for cleaning organizations.

The official statement approved by the USGBC reads, "The USGBC supports CIMS-GB as a valuable resource to assist in securing LEED-Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance credits for green cleaning activities."

Introduced last October as the sixth dimension of the traditional CIMS criteria — quality systems; service delivery; human resources; health, safety, and environmental stewardship; and management commitment — CIMS-GB focuses on the delivery of environmentally preferable cleaning service and offers cleaning organizations a certification that is closely tailored to provide customers with precisely what they need to secure credits under the LEED-EBOM Green Building Rating System, while greening operations overall.

"Securing the support of the USGBC further validates CIMS-GB as the leading green certification for organizations in the cleaning industry," stated ISSA Director of Facility Service Programs Dan Wagner. "We certainly anticipate that such support will accelerate the growth of the program, especially considering the value it provides both the cleaning organizations who seek certification, as well as the building owners, facility managers and other end users who rely on it in selecting a service provider who is capable of meeting their sustainability needs and assisting them in securing LEED credits.”"

In addition to illustrating their commitment to sustainability and providing added value to customers, CIMS-GB-certified organizations represent the cleaning industry as companies of operational excellence. To date, a group of 18 building service contractors and in-house service providers have certified to both CIMS and CIMS-GB. Building owners and property managers looking to achieve LEED credits through green-cleaning service should consult the list of CIMS-GB-certified organizations at

For more information on CIMS and CIMS-GB, please visit or contact Wagner at 847-982-0800; e-mail

About CIMS-GB and ISSA''s Green Efforts

CIMS-GB is just one example of ISSA''s efforts to position the cleaning industry at the forefront of the green movement, and the criteria serves as the framework for the association''s sustainability initiatives. Learn more about CIMS-GB and ISSA’s overall efforts at various events this spring, including the NFMT convention in Baltimore, MD, March 16-18, where ISSA will exhibit and present an educational session on CIMS and CIMS-GB (March 17 from 3:10 p.m.-4:00 p.m.). Additionally, this year’s ISSA Regional Meetings are intended to arm facility professionals with in-depth information on the principles of green cleaning and help position them to comply with the elements of CIMS-GB. For more information about the Regional Meetings, including a full list of dates and locations, please visit


CIMS applies to management, operations, performance systems, and processes. Compliance with the Standard demonstrates that an organization is structured to deliver consistent, quality services designed to meet the customer''s needs and expectations. It sets forth processes, procedures, and supporting documentation proven to be characteristic of customer-driven organizations. Given that CIMS is non-prescriptive, each organization has the flexibility to choose the most effective ways in which to meet its requirements.

The new CIMS-GB dimension focuses on the delivery of environmentally preferable cleaning service and offers organizations a certification that is closely tailored to provide customers with precisely what they need to secure points under the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) Green Building Rating System, while greening operations overall.

The Standard and GB criteria were created through a true consensus-based process that brought together representatives of the cleaning, facilities-management, and purchasing communities. In total, more than 100,000 constituents were represented in the process, which included a full peer review and was administered by ISSA and the American Institute for Cleaning Sciences.

About Certification

To become CIMS- and CIMS-GB-certified, an organization must submit written documentation supporting its compliance with the requirements described in the sections of the Standard. An independent, accredited assessor then conducts an on-site review of the applicant’s systems, processes, and documentation to ensure compliance. To achieve certification, an organization must meet 100 percent of the mandatory elements and 60 percent of the recommended elements, per section.

To date, 54 organizations have achieved certification. Other organizations interested in pursuing certification are encouraged to submit an application to officially enroll in the program. For more information or to download an application, please visit The CIMS Certification Guide, which helps organizations better understand what is required to comply with the Standard, is also available to provide more in-depth explanations of how to meet the Standard’s various requirements.

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®, 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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