AmSan Promoting a Cleaner & Healthier Work Environment with Green Products and Procedures.


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By utilizing environmentally preferred products and formulas, you can reduce risk,
improve indoor air quality, conserve resources, and reduce the negative effects placed
upon the environment.

Cleaning and maintaining your
facility with environmentally
preferred products minimizes
VOC emissions and controls
allergens from dyes and
fragrances, resulting in indoor
environments that are cleaner,
safer, more pleasant, and
healthier for your workers,
tenants, and visitors.

A green cleaning program shows
your concern for your employees,
your building occupants, the visitors
and community, for improving
indoor air quality and eliminating
sick building syndrome, and your
concern in minimizing exposure to
aggressive chemicals.

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AmSan Promoting a Cleaner & Healthier Work Environment with Green Products and Procedures.

  1. 1. What IsGreenCleaning?Green cleaning protectshealth without causingharm to the environment –it shows responsible effortto minimize the impact ofcleaning materials on yourbuilding and on everyonewho enters.Promoting a Cleaner andHealthier Work Environment
  2. 2. Cleaning and maintaining yourfacility with environmentallypreferred products minimizesVOC emissions and controlsallergens from dyes andfragrances, resulting in indoorenvironments that are cleaner,safer, more pleasant, andhealthier for your workers,tenants, and visitors.A green cleaning program showsyour concern for your employees,your building occupants, the visitorsand community, for improvingindoor air quality and eliminatingsick building syndrome, and yourconcern in minimizing exposure toaggressive chemicals.Possible benefits include:• Reduced absenteeism• Lower utility bills• Reduced disposal costs• Increased building efficiency• Longer building life• Health insurance rate reduction• Tax breaks• Higher occupancy levels• Higher caliber building tenants• Ability to obtain higher lease ratesWhy Is Green Cleaning Important?By utilizing environmentally preferred products and formulas, you can reduce risk,improve indoor air quality, conserve resources, and reduce the negative effects placedupon the environment.What Are The Benefits?Green facilities and green cleaning programs can help your bottom line. In the areas ofwater conservation, energy efficiency, improved indoor air quality, and green productusage, your facility will see an improvement in cost reduction and ROI.With a regularly scheduled green cleaning program,you can improve worker and occupant health whileimproving the appearance of your facility. Yourgreen cleaning program will create better occupantsatisfaction and retention, increase on-site propertystaff health, improve worker safety, and create amentality of higher standards, pride, and purposethroughout your organization.
  3. 3. Who Says It’s Green?C E R T IFIEDFounded in 1989, Green Seal, a non-profit organization, provides science-basedenvironmental certification standards that are credible, transparent, and essential in anincreasingly educated and competitive marketplace. Their industry knowledge andstandards help manufacturers, purchasers, and end users alike make responsiblechoices that positively impact business behavior and improve quality of life. Green Sealworks with manufacturers, industry sectors, purchasing groups, and governments at alllevels to “green” the production and purchasing chain. Products only become Green Seal certified afterrigorous testing and evaluation, including on-site plant visits.The United States Green Building Council is a non-profit organization committed toexpanding sustainable building practices. USGBC is composed of more than 12,000organizations from across the building industry that are working to advance structuresthat are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.LEED®(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary, consensus-basednational rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Developedby the USGBC, LEED®addresses all building types and emphasizes state-of-the artstrategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials andresources selection, and indoor environmental quality. LEED®aims to improve occupantwell-being, environmental performance, and economic returns of buildings using establishedand innovative practices, standards, and technologies.The LEED®for Existing Buildings Rating System (LEED-EB®) helps building owners and operators measureoperations, improvements, and maintenance on a consistent scale, with the goal of maximizing operationalefficiency while minimizing environmental impacts. LEED-EB®addresses whole-building cleaning andmaintenance issues including chemical and paper use, recycling and waste stream management programs,efficient use of water and energy, indoor environmental air quality, exterior maintenance programs, entrancematting, pest management, systems upgrades, and purchasing of environmentally preferred products.The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect health and theenvironment, working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.The EPA leads the nation’s environmental science, research, education, andassessments efforts. The EPA develops and enforces regulations, offers financialassistance for environmental programs and research, performs environmental research,sponsors voluntary partnerships and programs, furthers environmental education, andpublishes environmental information.The Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval program identifies effective carpet cleaningsolutions and cleaning equipment that clean carpet right the first time and protects afacility’s carpet investment. The CRI’s strict standards are applied to spot and stainremovers, vacuum cleaners, and carpet extractors.
  4. 4. Select Green Seal Certified andEnvironmentally Preferred ProductsAmSan offers green products to promote sustainable,environmentally friendly cleaning. Our green products ofteninclude third party certification (Green Seal, CRI, Energy Star)to substantiate environmentally preferable claims.Implement Green Cleaning ProcessesAttain Third-party Certification for YourGreen Cleaning ProgramGreen Seal is the only independent, third-party organization certifying greencleaning programs through their Green Seal Standard GS-42. The cleaningcontractor or in-house cleaning service must have a building specific GreenCleaning Plan in place that comprehensively describes the methods by which afacility is cleaned effectively while protecting human health and the environment.From Green Seal certified janitorial solutions to Carpet & Rug Institute certifiedcleaning equipment to Energy Star certified electrical appliances and lamps,AmSan delivers all the pieces to put together your green building puzzle.AmSan sales consultants will be your resource in developing agreen solution designed to reduce the environmental impact ofyour cleaning process while promoting a safer and healthier indoorenvironment. Start with a SMART AssessmentSM, an integral part of theAmSan Proforma®portfolio, to identify and implement specific laborand supply cost reduction opportunities while creating a greener,healthier, and safer working environment.Your AmSan consultant can also work with you to implement an AmSanUniversity®training program. AmSan-U provides an opportunity to learnhow to put science-based green standards into practice throughtechnical staff training and cleaning program analysis.Getting Started.
  5. 5. During a consecutive 12 month period in 2007 and 2008, by providing Green Sealcertified towels and tissue to customers, AmSan saved the environment an estimated:• 134,777 mature trees from being cut down• 55,496,259 gallons of fresh water • 15,856 barrels of oil• 32,504,952 kilowatts of energy • 25,370 cubic yards of landfill space• 475,682 pounds of air pollutants entering our skiesYour buying decisions directly impact our environment. By switching to Green Sealcertified products from AmSan, you can help us save the planet’s resources and createa cleaner, safer, healthier, and greener place to live.Develop a Complete Green Certified BuildingThe United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed the LEED®(Leadership inEnergy and Environmental Design) rating system for new building construction and for existingbuildings (LEED-EB®). AmSan can help you achieve LEED-EB®whole-building cleaning andmaintenance credits for:• Chemical Use • Paper Use • Recycling• Waste Stream Management• Water Conservation• Energy Conservation• Indoor Air Quality• Exterior Maintenance Programs• Entrance Matting• Pest Management• Systems Upgrades• Purchase of Environmentally Preferred ProductsIn addition to being the largest national janitorial products distributor, AmSan can also help youearn LEED-EB®accreditation through our new MRO products offering. We have introduced acomplete MRO Facility Maintenance Products offering to help you develop a complete greencertified building:• Appliances • Electrical Maintenance• Lighting Fixtures• Bulbs and Fluorescent Lamps• HVAC Units and Maintenance Items• Plumbing Fixtures• Plumbing Repair and Maintenance Items• Bath Accessories• Hardware • Tools• Access Control • Door Hardware
  6. 6. Let’s GetStarted.Choose aResource Area.Perhaps the best way for your organization orfacility to get started is to select a resource area —like floor care products and hand cleaners, orgeneral purpose, bathroom, glass, and carpetcleaners. Or make it as simple as just startingwith energy efficient lighting.Choose anEntire Facility.Or it may be easier for you to see the totalsavings and impact potential of greenpractices by selecting an entire facility fora “greening” application. Either way, take asmall step toward savings and environmentalresponsibility. We’re here to help you — at thepace that’s right for you.America’s Leading Supplier ofJanitorial and Cleaning Products866-41-AmSan www.GoRenown.comLIT013-1208