Here’s a quick update on several important issues including events at Greenbuild and the LEED Dynamic Plaque, Green Schools, Green Sports Alliance, and last but not least—the upcoming ISSA Convention in Orlando, Nov 4 thru 7, 2014.
Greenbuild Recap: Inspiring, informative and fun are the best ways to describe Greenbuild. Green is definitely happening and we are making real progress in the US and around the world. Some of my takeaways include:The LEED Dynamic Plaque continues to be an issue that may require more discussion. My thanks to all of you who responded to our survey. The results were quite clear: people want to have input on what may be a revolutionary new USGBC tool and purchasing should be addressed, as the Plaque ignores cleaning, office supplies, electronics, food, furniture, forestry and other products that are currently tracked in LEED-EBOM. We spoke to numerous USGBC leaders, members of their Board of Directors, manufacturers who would be affected, and others. These efforts have resulted in scheduling a formal meeting in mid-November to discuss our concerns and recommended improvements. I’ll keep you posted.
And if you would still like to add your input to the survey, click here.Leading scientific organizations announced a collaboration to develop the next generation of ecolabels called Health Product Declarations (HPDs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). I think it’s good news for the cleaning industry since we’ve embraced programs like Green Seal, EcoLogo and DfE. These new reporting systems (resembling food nutrition labels) will help manufacturers innovate while helping purchasers who care about specific issues find just the right products (i.e., schools can prioritize products that protect kids’ health as compared to others that might focus on environmental protection).Finally, New Orleans was fun! My favorite event was the Pub Crawl organized by Brad Molotsky from Brandywine Realty Trust and friends. Good people, good music, good food, good drinks and good weather are the perfect formula for a great time.
- Center for Green Schools: One of the most interesting opportunities I found for the cleaning industry was based on a discussion with the Center for Green Schools. Each year they organize the “Green Apple Day of Service” trying to get volunteers to help local schools. Since 2012 they have recorded over 5,000 such activities; I would like to see members of the cleaning industry participate and get credit for all the training and other volunteer efforts that are made each year. Plus, it could be great marketing for your company. Let me know if you want more info on this as I think it can create some real win-win opportunities for kids and companies.
- Green Sports Alliance (GSA): Allen Hershkowitz, the new president of the Alliance, along with several staff and members of the Board of Directors had numerous great meetings. My favorite was the FSC Design Awards event, jointly sponsored by the Alliance and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Rita LaBlanc, owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, was the guest speaker and is herself a big supporter of GSA. Rita is a real mover and shaker and will be a great ally as we engage professional teams, players and fans. And finally, we spent lots of time discussing GSA’s new Playbook, designed to make it easier to help sports facilities implement a Green Cleaning program. Many companies showed interest in sponsoring this great new resource that will also allow them to be recognized by facilities managers of professional sports, colleges, schools, and other organizations.
- ISSA Convention: For those of you headed to Orlando, I hope to see you there. Please join me for my presentations: “Green Cleaning Initiatives: 2015 and Beyond” (Tuesday, November 4, from 4:15 to 5:00 p.m.); “Advances in Green Cleaning Technologies” (Thursday, November 6, from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m.). I have a lot to share and am interested in hearing what you think is new and exciting from the perspective of Green Cleaning.On Wednesday, Darryl Benge, General Manager of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and fellow member of the Board of Directors of the Green Sports Alliance, will be joining me as we introduce GSA’s Playbook on Green Cleaning in Sports Facilities. Stop by my booth, #2184, and drop a business card in the “fish bowl” to learn more about GSA and our Playbook, and have a chance to win a picture of Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods playing golf.
Take care and hope to see you in Orlando.