University of Michigan Makes Green Cleaning a Source of School Pride
Every year since the University of Michigan’s first Green Cleaning Award – Honorable Mention win in 2011, the Plant & Ground Services department has been steadily growing its green cleaning program. In 2012 they won another Honorable Mention, in 2013 they won Silver and in 2014, they scored First Place. Today UM has a program with an 80 percent decrease in chemical usage, efficient green cleaning procedures, streamlined training and a staff that is proud to be cleaning for health. We continue to be impressed by the department’s progress. They are also a great example of how a program can keep pushing itself to achieve more, and how applying for the Green Cleaning Award can help to benchmark a school’s achievements.
Last year was the final one in the school’s five-year rollout of its OS1 program. The department has also been focusing on some innovative approaches to greener floor care since their last Green Cleaning Award. They are piloting stone polishing floors instead of using traditional stripping and waxing techniques and encouraging campuses to adopt more durable floors finishes. They’ve also been working to encourage pride and elevate the status of custodial staff in the larger campus environment — and beyond.
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