Sustainability Program

UBM’s Green Cleaning Program is designed to reduce the exposure of potentially hazardous chemical, biological and particulate contaminants. This reduction promotes healthier air quality, human health, building finishes and systems, and an overall more environmentally friendly building environment.

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"Start today with these simple green cleaning steps"

STEP 1: Use of Green Cleaning Chemicals and Products

1) Green Seal's Standard for Industrial and Institutional Cleaners (GS-37) certified chemicals for general purpose, washroom, glass, and carpet cleaning or recommended chemicals for those not covered by standard, but go beyond current industry specifications (e.g., furniture polish, metal cleaner).

2) Hand soaps that do not contain antimicrobial agents (e.g., Triclosan) except where required by law or regulations (i.e., healthcare or food preparation)

3) Micro-fiber dusting cloths and flat mops to collect dust and dirt. These out-perform traditional dusting and mopping materials and can often be used to remove soils without the need for chemical compounds. Also can be reused for minimal waste.

STEP 2: Use of "Green" Paper Products

1.) EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines and Green Seal's Standards for Tissue (GS-1) and Towels (GS-9) for recycled content in janitorial paper products bleached without the use of chlorine or its derivatives.

2.) Products dispensed from large rolls to minimize packaging and waste. Folded paper towels are discouraged.

3.) "Hands-free" paper towel dispensers that reduce the potential for cross-contamination.

4.) High-capacity dispensers that promote waste-reduction by controlling towel usage.

STEP 3: Using the UBM Green Cleaning Program will

1) Reduce health effects to building occupants, such as skin, eye and respiratory irritation or burns; allergies; multiple-chemical sensitivity; headaches; nausea, etc.

2) Increase safety by reducing the likelihood and frequency of fires, explosions, spills and splashes.

3) Reduce environmental impacts, including issues such as air pollution, water pollution. Green Cleaning reduces the amount of toxicity of products and chemicals requiring disposal.

4) Reduce costs to building management, tenants associate with sick leave, health care, productivity loss, and litigation.

5) Increase occupant and worker satisfaction, including improved morale, productivity and efficiency, quality of life, and sense of well-being. This can result from decrease annoyances such as malodor.


The Basic Principles of Green Cleaning

Focus on entryways inside and out. An important goal in Green Cleaning is to trap and remove dirt and pollutants before they enter the building by frequently cleaning the entrances and entryway mats.

Minimize particles and chemicals in the air by mechanically capturing dust and dirt, using course spray for chemicals and applying the cleaner to the cloth rather than spraying the surface to be cleaned.

Use chemical management systems for accurate product dilution. We train our employees to use chemicals properly to minimize waste and maximize cleaning efficiency, an important element of cleaning green.

Empty vacuum bags at the end of shifts or when half full for cleaner and more efficient operating.

Ensure proper vacuuming, extraction, rinsing and drying. Carpets can be a host for moisture problems and mold growth. Cleaning green means minimizing these problems.

Focus on preventative measures. Our janitorial staff washes their hands and keeps equipment clean and well-maintained.

Focus on touch-points. These are door handles, bright work and other areas where people come in contact with the facility or its fixtures. Focusing here makes cleaning green easier.

Apply disinfectant in restrooms properly and make sure the chemical has proper dwell time so that soil is thoroughly removed using less product.