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What is Green Cleaning?

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Green cleaning is comprised of facility cleaning products and methods developed to improve occupant health and performance while minimizing impact on the environment. Not all green cleaning products are independently audited and certified green.

However, ServiceMaster Cleaning Services by Diversity is one of the only cleaning companies whose products are certified by the leading environmental organizations: Environmental Choice and Green Seal.

ServiceMaster Cleaning Services by Diversity detergent-free cleaning uses only ingredients listed by the FDA as safe for consumption and products that are free of surfactants or wetting agents. Ideal for individuals with asthma, chemical and allergic sensitivities, our green cleaning products contain no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) or ingredients that are considered corrosive, alkaline or acidic. ServiceMaster Cleaning Services by Diversity green cleaning is a highly efficient and effective cleaning system that is built around these advanced, innovative products.

Green cleaning made easy.

Switching to green cleaning is as easy as making a phone call, and the actual changes in cleaning methods and products will be integrated seamlessly into your existing maintenance plan. Cleaning results are equal to traditional cleaning, but ServiceMaster Cleaning Services by Diversity green cleaning products are healthier for employees and feature a higher rate of biodegradation for reduced impact on our environment.


Helpful programs to make your business green

Switching to green cleaning is an easy way to get your building and business on the path to saving money, being healthier and getting green-certified. There are several programs in place to reward your business and/or make certain it is as green as possible.

us green building councilLEED®

The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The program provides a roadmap for measuring and documenting success for every building type, whether existing (LEED-EB) or new (LEED-NC). LEED® gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance.

By switching to green cleaning with ServiceMaster Cleaning Services by Diversity, you can quickly and easily qualify for LEED® points. To learn more about LEED® certification, visit the U.S. Green Building Council.

EPA’s Energy Star logoEPA’s Energy Star

The EPA Energy Star® program provides strategies, tools, professional assistance and recognition opportunities to help you meet your goals. Energy Star is currently promoting a nationwide challenge to improve the energy efficiency of facilities by 10 percent or more. It’s a change that can result in billions of dollars saved for corporate America, in addition to valuable environmental benefits.

To learn more about this program, visit EPA’s Energy Star.


Healthy businesses are strong businesses.

In a competitive landscape, more businesses are realizing that their workplace can be a strategic business tool and its care is vital to protecting its most valuable asset—its workers.

Recent studies have shown that sustainable buildings, or buildings that go green, have measurable financial gains due to employee health, productivity, and retention as well as lower operating costs and certain government incentives.* And, as more and more businesses benefit from green cleaning, their individual impact grows exponentially to reach a global scale.

Research has shown that facilities that switch to green cleaning have:

  • Healthier employees
  • Lower operating costs and greater access to governmental financial incentives
  • Positive environmental impacts

Green cleaning is one of the easiest and fastest ways for building managers to make their facilities healthier and safer for employees, not to mention their contribution to the overall environment. Plus, it offers the ability to easily earn quick LEED® points in the process.

Healthier employees—your business at its best.

With 30% of U.S. workers suffering from health problems caused by Sick Building Syndrome, companies are vastly underutilizing their human assets and underestimating the benefits of switching to green cleaning. With the same effectiveness as traditional cleaning, and little or no cost increase, the return on investment for switching to green cleaning is immense.**

In the 1960s, Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) was first identified when research revealed that volatile organic compounds from carpeting and furniture, inadequate air circulation, poor lighting, mold buildup and disruptive temperature variances were contributing to nausea, respiratory problems, skin rashes, lethargy, headaches and numerous other health concerns. Since then, many independent studies have shown that switching to green cleaning leads to reduced employee sick days and absences.***

A 2002 study by the Indoor Environment Department at the Lawrence Berkley National Design Laboratory in California found that the improved air quality by use of green design, building materials and technologies can lower sick building symptoms by 20% to 50%, while cold and influenza are reduced by 9% to 20%, and allergies and asthma drop by 8% to 25%.

Get the most out of your business by keeping your employees at their healthiest.

Incentives and programs: lower operating costs and financial incentives.

Switching to green cleaning is an easy way to get your building and business on the path to saving money, being healthier and getting green-certified. There are several programs in place to reward your business and/or make certain it is as green as possible.

The big picture: positive environmental impact.

In addition to the immediate and direct human benefits of switching to green cleaning, the long-term relief for our environment is vast.

In the United States, commercial buildings consume 17% of the water, 33% of the energy, 40% of the raw materials and 71% of the electricity. They produce, directly or indirectly, 40% of the landfill waste, 33% of the carbon dioxide, 49% of the sulfur dioxide and 10% of the particulate emissions.

When each of us takes on the responsibility of switching to green cleaning and other green building practices, together we can make an enormous improvement to our overall environment.


Switch to green cleaning—it’s easy!

ServiceMaster Cleaning Services by Diversity knows you’re busy and respects your time. That’s why we make switch to green cleaning as easy as making one phone call. Then it’s business as usual for you.

Green cleaning is just as effective as traditional cleaning so there won’t be any disruptions to your working atmosphere. All other aspects of your cleaning service relationship will remain the same, even though you’re helping to better your immediate work environment, your employee health and your world.

Environmental stewardship—it’s one of our core principles!

Because ServiceMaster Cleaning Services by Diversity has always been dedicated to environmental stewardship and to doing business the right way, we have been spending years developing green cleaning technologies and methods.

Gentle, yet highly effective, our Green For™ products are advanced green cleaning solutions that reduce toxins and contaminants absorbed into our ecosystem. They’re ideal for people with asthma, chemical and allergic sensitivities and for our planet.

Because we take environmental stewardship seriously, ServiceMaster Cleaning Services by Diversity Clean Green For™ products are audited and certified green by the leading environmental organizations: Environmental Choice and Green Seal.

ServiceMaster Cleaning Services by Diversity—innovative leader

We are still constantly innovating, finding new ways to improve cleaning methods and discovering ways to benefit your business and your employees. We will soon be introducing a capture and removal cleaning system that will reduce particulate emissions dramatically. Where other dusting systems simply swirl and circulate dust back into the workplace, our system will actually remove it, leaving your air quality and working conditions improved.

Switch to green cleaning isn’t just easy on your people and the environment—it’s easy on you.

We offer our Green Cleaning Services for the following areas: Spokane, WA; Stevens, WA; Lincoln, WA; Whitman, WA; Pend Oreille, WA; Boundary, ID; Bonner, ID; Kootenai, ID; Benewah, ID; Shoshone, ID Contact us today to get started. Spokane (509) 924-7574 or North Idaho (208) 667-6633

* Source: White Paper on Sustainability, November 2003, Building Design & Construction.
** Source: “Creating the Sustainable Workplace,” AIA: The Cornerstone.
*** Source: “Indoor Air Facts No. 4: Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)” , “An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality,” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2006.