Green Cleaning, Going Global

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:09:00 CST  — by: Charlotte Henderson, C'13, Sustainability Post-Baccalaureate Fellow

harley-davidsonCheck out how green cleaning policy is being enacted globally.

‌It is easy for one to become isolated in the Sewanee bubble, but sustainability adheres to all locations and factors of life. Although many of the initiatives being taken to “green” the cleaning policies in Sewanee are Sewanee specific, the steps and direction can be applied to a much larger scale. All over the world, people are making the move towards more environmentally sound cleaning practices.

The ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, has published a guide focused on implementing green cleaning policy globally. In the guide are several steps institutions can take to achieving a more environmentally friendly way of cleaning. The University of Georgia, Alberici Corporation, and the Harley-Davidson Museum, are shown as case studies of organizations that have worked to incorporate green cleaning into their policies.

In Australia, the Sydney-Opera House stands as an exemplar for sustainable cleaning practices in the built environment. In Paris, France, there are many different cleaning businesses offering green cleaning practices, using natural ingredients and less harmful chemicals. All over the world, more environmentally friendly products are available to use, improving our quality of life!


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