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Update on Green Janitor Education Program
The general consensus is that the Green Janitor Education Program is having an impact. According to Chris Ramirez, project manager for Able Services in LA,
“I have watched the workers grow in their understanding of ‘green’ practices and have seen them implement what they’ve learned in the Green Janitor Education Class here at Union Bank. Workers are turning unnecessary lights off. I have noticed an increase in water leak reports in the building. These changes are instrumental in helping the building save additional costs and further reduce our carbon footprint.“
The program through which janitors are certified, provides hands-on energy management and green cleaning training to address Operations and Maintenance practices that enable buildings to meet green performance standards, with special focus on resulting energy efficiency. The program addresses energy efficiency, recycling, waste management, water conservation and other sustainable and green cleaning practices.
Through this program, janitors are earning a seat at the sustainability table alongside building owners and managers, empowering them to actively participate in the goals of the LEED Rating System, with emphasis on energy efficiency and building health. LEED-certified existing buildings require green maintenance and operations practices. Prior to this Program, the janitors, who are at the forefront of building operations, didn’t necessarily understand why certain sustainable procedures or materials were required, or the kind of impact they, as janitors, could have on energy reduction and water consumption—and ultimately, human health—through their work. The program is also an example of social equity where everyone participates in management and maintenance of a building.
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