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Just Saying “GREEN” Doesn’t Make it So.

Professional Maintenance Systems is committed to environmental excellence. We have helped multiple clients secure points under the LEED-EBOM Green Building Rating System. Elements include:

  • High Performance Cleaning Program with documented employee training
  • Third party certified green chemicals with dilution systems
  • Sustainable product purchasing logs for chemicals, consumable supplies and equipment
  • Equipment maintenance logs
  • Recommendations for entryway matting systems

Whether you are interested in LEED certification or just want to provide the healthiest, most sustainable workplace possible, we can help.

CIMS-Green Building Certification and USGBC member

CIMS-GB was tailored to match the requirements of LEED-EBOM. As a CIMS with Honors and CIMS-GB Certified company and member of the US Green Building Counsel, we are equipped to implement whatever level of “green” cleaning our clients require.

Proven Processes and Certifications

What Is Green Cleaning?

Green cleaning is the process of cleaning to protect health while minimizing the effect on the environment. A green cleaning program removes both visible residues and the invisible particles that cause asthma, allergies, and illness while reducing the amount of dust and volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) released by traditional cleaning processes.

Green cleaning means

  • Cleaner facilities with fewer germs
  • Healthier employees
  • A more productive workplace
  • Lower energy and water costs
  • More effective cleaning

Common Problems

Upright Vacuums

  • Expel potentially harmful levels of dust
  • Necessitate more dusting
  • Worsen indoor air quality
  • Heavy, awkward and difficult to use
  • Time consuming

Single Mop Buckets

  • Reapply dirty water to floor
  • Require frequent changes of water for cleaning
  • Spread dirt and germs instead of removing them

Kentucky Mops

  • Mop heads can never be truly cleaned
  • Spread dirt and germs instead of removing them
  • Heavy, awkward and difficult to use

Healthy Solutions

Backpack Vacuums

  • Multi-level filtration system removes 99.97% of airborne particles
  • Improve indoor air quality
  • Clean hard to reach areas

Two-Sided Mop Buckets

  • Dirty water goes into a separate bucket and is not reapplied to floors
  • Floor gets cleaner
  • Water can be changed less frequently

Microfiber Mops

  • Dust and dirt cling to mop pad rather than spreading across floors
  • Remove bacteria from floors
  • Require less water to clean
  • Fibers provide 40 times more cleaning surface than traditional mop heads

Just saying “green” doesn’t make it so.

PMS knows the elements of a LEED-compliant green cleaning program:

  • Third party certified green chemicals with dilution systems
  • Microfiber cloths and mop heads
  • CRI-approved vacuums with HEPA filters
  • Documented training and product tracking
  • Recommendations on recycled consumable products and walk off matting systems

LEED-EBOM & CIMS-GB: What’s the Connection?

To understand green cleaning, one must first understand the value of a healthy building.Can one assert a facility is green unless that facility can also be determined healthy? With this question in mind, can a facility be healthy, unless it is determined clean?

Further, can a building be clean without the proper management structure and environmental policies in place to maintain its assets? This table addresses these questions and relates how ISSA’s Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) Green Building (GB) criteria works in concert with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) Green Building Rating System.

  • LEED-EBOM is a set of performance standards for certifying the operations and maintenance of existing commercial or institutional buildings and high-rise residential buildings of all sizes, both public and private.
  • CIMS defines management, operational performance system, process and performance measure requirements for both building service contractors and organizations that self-perform cleaning.
  • LEED-EBOM encourages owners and operators of existing buildings to implement sustainable practices and reduce environmental impacts of their buildings over their functional life cycles.
  • LEED-EBOM promotes high performance, healthful, durable, affordable, and environmentally sound practices in existing buildings.
  • CIMS encourages cleaning organizations to implement management best-practices to ensure a thorough understanding of the customer’s service requirements, and therefore deliver quality, sustainable service
  • CIMS-GB ensures that a cleaning organization utilizes environmentally preferable cleaning practices and products in line with LEED-EBOM.
  • Prerequisites and credits in the LEED-EBOM system address seven topics: sustainable sites (SS); water efficiency (WE); energy and atmosphere (EA); materials and resources (MR); indoor environmental quality (IEQ); innovation in operations (IO); and regional priority (RP).
  • Compliance with CIMS-GB is dependent on dedication to quality and meeting customer requirements in six management principles: quality systems; service delivery; human resources; health, safety and environmental stewardship; management commitment; and green buildings.
  • IEQ Credits:Green Cleaning: Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials; Sustainable Cleaning Equipment; Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control; Indoor Integrated Pest Management
  • MR Prerequisites:Sustainable Purchasing Policy; Solid-Waste Management Program
  • SS Credit:Integrated Pest Management, Erosion Control, and Landscape Management Plan
  • Requires a green cleaning policy—separate from CIMS’s general environmental policy—addressing how green cleaning practices will be utilized, managed, and evaluated
  • Requires a dedicated green/high-performance cleaning program that satisfies IEQ credits outlined in LEED-EBOM
  • Requires the purchase of sustainable cleaning products and materials, satisfying specific IEQ and MR credits and prerequisites in LEED-EBOM
  • Recommends provisions for chemical and pollutant source control
  • Recommends an integrated pest management program to fulfill SS credits in LEED-EBOM
Source: LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (November 2008) Source: CIMS 1006: 2009 (October 2009)

How Our CIMS Certification Benefits You

Our certification to the ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) and CIMS-Green Building (CIMS-GB) criteria provides a variety of benefits to our customers. Consider how we can add value through management best-practices, exemplary service, and a commitment to sustainability.

  • CIMS certification identifies us as a quality, customer-focused, professional organization that should be the first considered for service.
  • CIMS helps our customers to distinguish between those companies that are truly professional and capable of getting the job done and those who are just talk.
  • CIMS offers assurance that our management systems and processes have been assessed by an independent third-party and are in compliance with the industry’s preeminent standard and best-practices.
  • CIMS enables us to cut costs associated with poor efficiency and service and allows us to pass along service improvements and savings to our customers.
  • CIMS-GB certification illustrates our commitment to providing green and sustainable cleaning service.
  • CIMS-GB enables us to assist customers in achieving points for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) Green Building Rating System.

Learn more about CIMS at ISSA

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