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Successfully Enabling a Sustainable Cleaning Program in Your University

Facilities professionals are increasingly charged with new responsibilities, including creating sustainability programs that have a positive impact on the environment, the health of building occupants, communities and the bottom line. Today’s students, faculty and staff are focused more than ever on sustainability and its impact on their health and the environment. Indeed, sustainability is an important factor in student and faculty recruitment and retention. While implementing sustainable solutions campus-wide is ideal, facility professionals must still operate in the reality of shrinking budgets and time-strapped staff. Colorado University has demonstrated that a sustainable cleaning program can save time and money by getting more from individual products and making the staff’s job easier. By using real world examples from Colorado University, this presentation will clearly outline how to garner support from independent departments and decision makers, determine the best products for your facilities and demonstrate how a successful sustainable cleaning program can save your institution money and help increase your workforce’s productivity.

1. Participants will share successful strategies for winning the case for sustainability.
2. Participants will learn how to determine which sustainable cleaning solutions are best for your facility.
3. Participants will see how implementing a sustainable cleaning program that will save your facility money and increase your workforce’s productivity.

Sandy Hicks, University of Colorado; Roger McFadden, Staples, Inc.