Green Cleaning At Utah State University

Today, most institutions of higher education are turning to more environmentally preferable “Green Cleaning” methods for maintaining their facilities. These include Harvard, Oregon State, and Emory University. Environmentally preferable: (There is no universally agreed upon definition for Green) as defined by Executive Order 13101: "...products or services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose. This comparison may consider raw materials acquisition, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, reuse, operation, maintenance, or disposal of the product or service" (3M). Green cleaning is more than just products. It includes many facets such as recycling solid waste, powered equipment use, and training.

Although there is no one standard for Green Cleaning, there are several organizations that provide council and certifications denoting that buildings and institutions are environmentally friendly. These include but are not limited to:

There are numerous benefits to implementing a green cleaning program. They include:

What we are doing at Utah State University

At Utah State University, the facilities maintenance department is continually striving to become more environmentally friendly in both product usage and processes. There are several processes that are currently in place. They include:

As we move into the future, USU Facilities has made significant strides in becoming more environmentally preferable institution and will continue to seek new ways to become more environmentally preferable in the future.

Sources

Racquel Riddle; 3M Company; www.mmm.com
USGB; www.usgbc.com
Green Sea; www.greenseal.org
Environmental Protection Agency; www.epa.gov
Travis Blanchard; Hanson Janitorial; Pocatello, ID
Craig Scott; Bell Janitorial Supply; Ogden UT