LEED is primarily concerned with the building construction. The Green Clean Institute is more concerned with the cleaning program. The construction is a huge one-time commitment that addresses energy use, building materials, ventilation, carpet, and furniture.
Your vehicles are literally a mobile sign. At some point, you will want a wrap or signs on your vehicles, so we suggest that you add the positive impact of the Green Clean Institute to you company cars, vans, and traucks. If your company has earned the GCI Silver Firm certification, you can then purchase our 6" vinyl seals for the vehicles. If you want a larger GCI seal, we have the seals in a vector file.
Want more? If any account serviced by your GCI Green Firm service can confirm that the basic Green Cleaning Protocols are in place, we offer the GCI "Green Cleaned" door seal that will impress workers and the public of your company's superior efforts to provide a "Green and Healthy Building"
Let the public know that your cleaning service is the "Best in Town" by using the new Green Clean Institute Certified "GREEN CLEANED" seal on your vehicles and on the doors of your customers. People like to know that the buildings they work in or visit are healthy buildings and well as clean buildings. As a GCI Certified Firm, you now what the ability to put our seal on your vehicles and a door seal on ten of your customer doors. Your account will love the assurance that your service is not only Green, but provides a more healthy work environment.
We commend the LEED program to anyone who can afford the time and cost of this certification. LEED has diligently promoted energy efficiency, sustainable practices, and Green design for new and existing buildings. LEED is a high goal that only a limited percent of buildings can attain. Nonetheless, LEED is the right direction for any sustainable building to consider.
It is assumed that about 5% of building owners can afford the years of transition and the heavy cost of the LEED certification. The estimates for LEED are a little complex, but here is a quote from a review of LEED certification cost. We believe that the GHBP program can be a good intermediate step for companies that are interested in a future LEED decision.
The Green Clean Institute understand the challenges of large cleaning operations. Worker turn over is a constant issue, so training is an ongoing issue. Firms can offer monthly training session that often turn into organizational meetings with a smattering of training. We have a much better idea. The Green Clean Institute has move our online training to fantastic video training with a professional instructor. By making it a requirement to complete the Basic Cleaning and GCI Green Technician Technician courses, the company has laid an important foundation that promotes positive motivation and a sense of mission for the work they do. Nothing else compares to the values, insights, and information every worker gets from our online courses.
We all know that turn-over is a common problem for any janiorial operation. Replacing managers, team leader, and workers has the effect of "Dumbing Down" the workforce. And, the "Follow Me" system of training new workers is a sure way to degrade worker competitency and motivation.
To review the obvious, Green cleaning products do not make a Green cleaning service. It is the workers that deliver the cleaning service or a Green cleaning service. It is a mistake to hire workers, provide the product and tools, and expect them to deliver on the promises your company has made to secure the account. You see, an amateur or a master carpenter can both build a house. They may use similar tools, but the house built by a master carpenter will always be miles ahead of the amateur.
On the other hand, hiring and training new cleaning service workers is a huge part of running a cleaning service. The turnover in many services are 50-70% in a five year span. How in the world can you keep a quality cleaning crew in place? We have a very important suggestion, let GCI train them. We have made the process incredibly simple with our online program that requires only a smart phone, tablet, or computer.
What is a Green workplace? The concept has been bastardized until it means anything from a plant in the corner to a recycling program. Getting back to the core definition of Green, it is about health and the health of people in any defined system. So, a healthy building is a matter of the "Health Quotient" measured not by the power use, recycling program. the building materials, or water saving system.
Take note of the opposite of a healthy building where the normal condition is an orderly and efficient workplace. Yet, workers are troubled by unexplained headaches and period of fatigue. Occasionally, the more sensitive worker experience intense reactions that others do not. If the records were reviewed, the number of sick days will be excessive, and unnecessary.