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Harvard Partners With Green Seal to Train Campus Custodians

August 01, 2007

Source: Green Seal, Inc.

Harvard University’s Green Campus Initiative (HGCI) extended its program in 2004 to include a campus-wide green cleaning initiative. The university has partnered with Green Seal, Inc. to train custodial employees per the guidelines in GS-42: Cleaning Services Standard.

Together, HGCI and University Operations Services' Facilities Maintenance Operations (FMO) aim to create and sustain an environmentally-safe and healthy atmosphere for custodial workers and building occupants for 150 of the Cambridge campus’ buildings. Harvard's Green Cleaning Program includes the use of Green Seal-certified cleaning products. See news on the GS-37 revision process.

Green Seal has been contracted to train custodial employees of Harvard University in the elements of green cleaning, per the guidelines in GS-42. Beginning this summer, 250 in-house janitorial workers and their supervisors will be tutored in environmentally-preferable cleaning techniques. Sessions will be given in groups of 20-30 custodians, will include visual aids and hands-on demonstrations and have a Spanish-English translator on location. Training is due to be completed by the end of August. 

To review the current environmental standards for cleaning products and services and to browse the recommended product database, visit the Responsible Purchasing Guide for Green Cleaners.

Join the Responsible Purchasing Network at Harvard University for Greening the Supply and Purchasing Chain Roundtable on August 21, 2007.

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