A Balanced Life – A Healthier Workplace!

Last week we talked about a healthier us/you!  This week we want to begin a discussion on the topic of a healthier workplace.  I say “begin” as this is a topic we will likely revisit many times as we, thankfully, live in a time when there is much information and real solutions to the nightmare of spending your working hours in space that is stale, or worse, toxic.

This week I want to talk briefly about two organizations who have contributed greatly to efforts to make sustainable working environments a measurable reality:  the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Green Seal organization (GS).

USBGC’s webpage has the following mission statement:  “The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation. ”  They are the authors of the LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Design) standards and administer building certifications.  Local chapters are active in leading the way in awareness and change on every level imaginable.  The weblink is:  www.usgbc.org

Another organization which deserves a mention in the same breath as progress in making buildings healthier is Green Seal.  Their symbol, the little green check, is well known these days and certifies products and programs from 40 categories.  Here’s an excerpt  from their website:

“Validating environmental excellence:  Founded in 1989, Green Seal provides science-based environmental certification standards that are credible, transparent, and essential in an increasingly educated and competitive marketplace. Our industry knowledge and standards help manufacturers, purchasers, and end users alike make responsible choices that positively impact business behavior and improve quality of life.

A 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, Green Seal issued its first environmental standards in 1991-2, and the first product certifications were completed in 1992. Hundreds of products and services from major companies such as 3M, Benjamin Moore, and Andersen Windows have now been certified to meet Green Seal standards, and the number of major product categories covered by standards has increased to more than 40.

Today, we have established a significant market among large institutional purchasers, including government agencies, universities, and the lodging and architectural building industries. We actively advise and assist these institutions and industry sectors in their efforts to green their purchasing, operations, and facilities management functions.”

The weblink is:  www.greenseal.org

Customized evaluated options available for certification of our green cleaning program and determined that Green Seal was the right choice for us.  We are proud to have achieved GS-42 certification for our Customized Cleaning for Health Program, one of only six in the State of California.  We would love to have a conversation about what our Program can mean to you and the workplace you occupy or manage!