Summer is Busting Out All Over…and other great things

From out July 2017 DestinationGreen Newsletter

Ovie MughelliThere’s so much going on this summer, I don’t know where to start. So, picking and choosing, I’d like to start discussing something amazing my friend and former NFL All-Pro fullback with the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons, Ovie Mughelli (pictured here) is doing.

He’s writing comic books for kids, and his first one is all about Green.

“As a kid, I had no access to anything about ‘green,'” says the former NFL All-Pro fullback. So, Ovie wants kids around the world to know more about the importance of protecting our environment.Ovie Mughelli

He’s doing this with Comics United Nations. Last year, Comics United Nations hosted the largest comic book convention in the world. 200,000 people attended or tuned into the event online.  Ovie was the special guest and star of the show, and is now looking for companies to help sponsor his comic book.  Let me know if your company might be interested and I’ll make an introduction.

To the right is his new comic book.

 

Green Sports Alliance Summit

The recent Green Sports Alliance Summit was held in Sacramento to celebrate the opening of the new Golden 1 Center, home of the NBA Kings — it is the first LEED Platinum indoor sports venue in the country. The theme for the 2017 Summits was “Engaging Fans, Athletes & Communities.” Each event had keynote speakers from a variety of sectors; all focused in one way or another on Green and sustainability issues.  Overall it was a fantastic event – and fun!

The Summit was sponsored by some of the leading names in our industry including ABM, Aramark, CleanCore Technology, EnvirOx, Excel Dryer, Jani-King, Kimberly-Clark, Office Depot, Royal Corporation, Sloan, Supplyworks, Waterless Company and Waxie. They all helped make this Summit a real success.

The Essentials: The Tools You Need to Make Change

I want to share with you my recent presentation during the Healthy School Campaign’s (HSC) Leadership Council event in Park City, Utah which was hosted by the great team from the Salt Lake City Public Schools District.

The presentation addressed tools need to make change and shared core values when it comes to children and the schools and universities they attend, such as:

  • We believe that families should have confidence that the schools their children attend are healthy and promote healthy behaviors.
  • That a healthy school teaches students to value their own health and that of their environment.
  • That a quality education for all students is a necessary ingredient in a civil society.
  • All families, faculty, staff, students and community members must have a voice in decisions that affect the school environment.
  • Meaningful and sustainable change occurs when informed, engaged and empowered stakeholders work together.

Please click here for the entire presentation.

Before leaving this subject, I just want to add that when it comes to healthier schools, one of the big problems we have is the basic lack of funding to do the job right (it is estimated that we have an $8 billion annual shortfall for O&M funding in our schools each year).

We need to become much more vocal about the need to invest in cleaning and maintenance of our schools.  We must join with students, parents and teachers to put much more emphasis on making our schools healthy. This will help today’s children and the future of our country.  And if we are not willing to advocate for increasing the investment in cleaning, operations and maintenance — then who will?

Green Cleaning Abroad

Finally, I’m going to be presenting at a cleaning conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil next month.  In the right hand column is more information.  It is a huge market in Brazil and there are plenty of lessons to be shared to help them create cleaner, safer and healthier buildings with less impacts on our environment.

Thank you for your hard work and know that you are making an important difference,

Steve