City Uses Green to Clean
April 22, 2014
Pilot Project Could Lead to Use of Green Cleaners in All City-owned Facilities - The City of Tallahassee is using the power of green to clean several of its facilities. In a three-month project that began last week, custodial staff at the Walker-Ford Community Center, Lawrence-Gregory Community Center, Sue McCollum Community Center and Hilaman golf course club house are testing the effectiveness of green cleaning products.
These products, which are designed to be safer for individuals and the environment, were purchased with funds from a grant recently awarded to the City's Environmental Policy and Energy Resources (EPER) department by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Florida Department of Environmental Policy (DEP).
"At the City of Tallahassee, we are committed to providing and implementing earth-friendly programs and practices that improve public health and the environment," said Cynthia Barber, director of the City's Environmental Policy and Energy Resources department. "With this specific program, our goal is to help ensure that City buildings are healthy, safe and clean environments for employees and visitors."
The term "green cleaning" refers to cleaning practices and products that protect health without harming the environment. Typically, products that are deemed green are biodegradable and non-toxic.
In comparison to traditional chemical cleaners, green cleaners improve indoor air quality, while protecting custodial staff and individuals alike from exposure to toxins. Green cleaners are especially important in protecting children, who are more susceptible to chemical inhalation and residues absorbed by their fingers and skin.
Throughout the pilot project, custodial staff will weigh in on how efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly the products are. With their feedback, staff will develop an overall green cleaning policy for consideration.
As an internationally recognized leader in environmental stewardship and sustainability best practices, the City places sustainability as a top priority. The City received a Silver Award for its environmental leadership from The International Awards for Livable Communities and was the first to be awarded a Gold Certification as a Green City by the Florida Green Building Coalition.
For more information about Earth month activities, please visit Talgov.com/eper or the Go Green Tallahassee Facebook Page.
John Baker, Environmental Protection and Energy Resources Department, 891-8773; or Heather Teter, Communications Department, 891-8533