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New Non-Profit Aims to Raise Awareness About Green Cleaning
The Green Cleaning Network aims to bring together and facilitate the sharing of information among a wide spectrum including schools and universities, healthcare facilities, government and commercial office buildings, hospitality and lodging facilities, as well as cleaning professionals, facility and property managers, policy makers, advocates, third-party certifiers, and many more.
"The Green Cleaning Network will play an important role in advancing the green building movement" says Doug Gatlin, the USGBC’s Program Manager for LEED for Existing Buildings.
"The rapid growth of the Green Cleaning movement over the past decade has created an urgent need for the establishment of a nonprofit group to serve as an umbrella organization for all the players involved with greening the cleaning industry," says Stephen Ashkin who will serve as the Executive Director.
Another goal of the Green Cleaning Network is to tear down barriers and to eliminate confusion about Green Cleaning and to better educate the marketplace.
"We firmly believe in the power of the marketplace and believe that education and eliminating confusion and competing definitions will help everyone implement greener cleaning practices faster, easier and more cost competitively" says Ashkin. "Not only will this be good for facility managers and industry, but the real winners will be building occupants and future generations through the adoption of healthier and more sustainable cleaning practices."
"We believe there is enormous value in learning from others and moving towards a common definition of 'green' across various market sectors," says Rochelle Davis, executive director of the Healthy Schools Campaign.
The founding members of the Green Cleaning Network include the Healthy Schools Campaign, Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, International Executive Housekeepers Association, Responsible Purchasing Network and the US Green Building Council. The Green Cleaning Network is being setup as a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit educational organization with a goal of having 100,000 buildings in the network.