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8 building blocks of a successful sustainability strategy

Posted on: January 25th, 2017 by mark bauer No Comments
  1. Understand your power as a purchaser — every purchase creates an opportunity to support better, healthier ways of delivering cleaning — voting with your dollars as it were.  Choose to take seriously your opportunity and your obligation to look for more sustainable ways to maintain your facility. Innovation happens — even to something as “routine” as cleaning — so support it!
  2. Instead of focusing on being clean, focus on health and safety — if you do, the appearance factor of cleaning will take care of itself.  For a facility to be truly clean it must encompass the health & safety of building occupants. If you take that into consideration, while still ensuring you are properly cleaning, you’ll end up with the right result.
  3. Reduce your overall volume of consumption. This sounds obvious, but really paying attention to the amount of paper towels, chemicals or energy you’re using can be eye-opening. Learn to be more efficient and choose more efficient products or materials. Sometimes choosing cheap paper towels or products results in more being used which ends up costing and wasting more.
  4. Have a thorough written policy to make clear your commitment to better practices for a safer workplace and healthier planet. Writing it out forces you to be organized with your plan and it creates the accountability you’ll need to make it become a reality. Developing a written policy will require the input of others, which builds support for your plan.
  5. Engage your stakeholders. When setting out to implement a green cleaning plan don’t go it alone — it’s hard to take that hill by yourself. You need the support of influential people in each department that’s impacted. Call them your “green team” (or something more inspired!), share your passion and start a movement! (Have you seen this TED talk?)
  6. Empower your cleaning staff with education. Since labor accounts for 60-70% of your costs, invest in your team to ensure they know how to do their jobs effectively and efficiently. A great example is engineered water technology — helping staff understand that ewater is an effective cleaner, even though it makes no suds and has no scent, is crucial for successful adoption.
  7. Measure for progress. You know the saying – what you can’t measure, you can’t manage – so you need ways of measuring your processes and improvements. Trying to be responsible with water? Track consumption data.  Monitoring surface cleanliness? Try ATP testing and record the results. Wondering about “green” attitudes at your company? Use surveys and track the trends.
  8. Embrace continuous improvement.  Recognize that there is no fully achieving a sustainability plan. Every day technologies and methods improve and you’ll need to embrace that, not be frustrated by it. Innovation even happens in the cleaning industry with new on-site technologies changing the face of cleaning and impacting health and safety for people and the planet.

Thanks to Steve Ashkin of The Ashkin Group for this wisdom, which was presented during an event sponsored by eWater.

Create that sustainability plan

Posted on: August 16th, 2016 by mark bauer No Comments

Sorting through all the options for undertaking a sustainability plan causes may organizations to give up – except for perhaps a couple of obvious steps like light bulbs and recycling bins. If you’re looking to do something more than that and need some help with the hard part — which is getting started with a good plan — you might appreciate this great TED talk about how to solve problems. Let it speak to you!

Here’s the link to the talk on TED if you’d like to visit.

The recognition of aqueous ozone ewater

Posted on: August 16th, 2016 by mark bauer No Comments

ozone ewater replaces conventional cleaning chemicals

Recognition of the value of aqueous ozone ewater is steadily increasing. Starting decades ago with the treatment of drinking water and swimming pools, the use of ozone ewater spread to food processing facilities, and nowadays it is finding its place in the world of general custodial care.

Universities, business campuses, restaurants, high schools, entertainment sites and more are all turning to ewater as way to clean without chemicals. But it’s not just for the sake of eliminating chemicals. It’s also because of the anti-microbial value of ozone to help control unwanted germs and microorganisms. Faced with the prospect of having to use far too much chemical-based disinfectant, many of which present health risks of their own, conscientious facilities managers are incorporating ozone ewater to minimize the requirement of harsh disinfectants.

Consider this recent story from Corrections.com that highlights the need for microbial control and the promise of aqueous ozone ewater for prisons. Here’s an excerpt:

For many correctional administrators, the way to address infections that are spread via contaminated surfaces is to step up the use of EPA-registered disinfectants. “EPA-registered” means the disinfectant has been tested and approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. However, this alone will not address the problem. Read more… 

The opportunity of ozone ewater is that, when used according to directions, cleaning can be undertaken with a persistent sanitizing effect – and done so without any risk to people or property. When ozone ewater is used sanitizing is extended to surfaces that are not normally disinfected. This reduces the need for chemical disinfectants and can, at minimum, limit their use to areas like bathroom fixtures.

After all, why trade one problem – harmful microorganisms – for a different problem – the overuse of chemicals linked to many types of health risks? Ozone ewater presents an opportunity to do more with less.

Need help with your “green cleaning” plan?

Posted on: July 20th, 2016 by mark bauer No Comments

Here’s how to start a movement!

OK – this is a little bit of humor, but mixed in is a whole bunch of truth. It may not help you directly with your efforts to push more “green” policies at your company, but it’s very useful in understanding that people like to get involved in something that is gaining momentum.  Enjoy… and learn. And after the video, here’s an earlier post that will help with your efforts.

Here’s the link to TED.

All-stars enjoy the benefits of aqueous ozone ewater

Posted on: July 13th, 2016 by mark bauer No Comments

The 2016 MLB All-star game was played at the popular, Petco Park, in San Diego, California, to the enjoyment of millions.

While players and fans alike saw a great game in a beautiful setting, what they didn’t see is one thing that makes Petco Park a special place — that aqueous ozone (what we call ozone ewater) is used to keep the entire facility clean and sanitary. What’s special about ozone ewater? It cleans without chemicals, eliminating the potential hazards and lingering impacts of chemical-based cleaners. Better for the athletes, the fans and the dedicated staff at Petco Park… and better for the environment. Watch the video to learn how the ozone ewater is used at the venue…

 

Steve Ashkin at Carolina’s CMAA Spring Event

Posted on: March 22nd, 2016 by mark bauer No Comments

steve ashkin at carolina's cmaa spring event

Our thanks go out to Steve Ashkin, The Ashkin Group, for visiting us in Raleigh this week. Steve came to town with the support of Tersano, to speak at the Spring Education Event for the Carolina’s chapter of the CMAA (Club Manager’s Association of America).  Known as “the father of green cleaning”, Steve’s presentation focused the audience on the importance of developing green cleaning programs and provided practical steps for getting there.

The main points of his advice to club managers included:

  1. Understand your power as a purchaser — every purchase creates an opportunity to support better, healthier ways of delivering cleaning — voting with your dollars as it were
  2. Instead of focusing on being clean, focus on health and safety — if you do, the appearance factor of cleaning will take care of itself
  3. Reduce the overall volume of consumption (paper towels, chemicals, energy) by learning to be more efficient, and by choosing more efficient products or materials
  4. Have a written policy to make clear your commitment to better practices for a safer workplace and healthier planet
  5. Engage your stakeholders – don’t go it alone — implement a “green team”, with members from each department, that becomes the driver for better practices
  6. Equip the staff with education — since labor is 60-70% of costs your team needs to know how to do their jobs effectively and efficiently
  7. Measure what you do — have a way of tracking your processes and improvements
  8. Embrace continuous improvement — recognize that innovation happens in the cleaning industry as well — new technologies are changing the face of cleaning

Thanks again to Steve, Tersano and the great folks at Carolina’s CMAA.

Water RICH Water POOR

Posted on: February 16th, 2016 by mark bauer No Comments

Water rich water poor … something to think about.

Everything we can do to stop wasting and polluting the water we have is not only the right thing to do, it’s also the smart thing to do. Replacing cleaning chemicals with safe, non-impacting engineered water technologies is a great step in that direction.

And that’s just the beginning. Check out some of the ways being water rich or water poor impacts daily life.

 

water rich water poor
Source: http://www.seametrics.com/blog/water-poor-rich-infographic/

From Wikipedia: 

Water scarcity is the lack of sufficient available water resources to meet water needs within a region. It affects every continent and around 2.8 billion people around the world at least one month out of every year. More than 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water.

Water scarcity involves water stress, water shortage or deficits, and water crisis. While the concept of water stress is relatively new, it is the difficulty of obtaining sources of fresh water for use during a period of time and may result in further depletion and deterioration of available water resources. Water shortages may be caused by climate change, such as altered weather patterns including droughts or floods, increased pollution, and increased human demand and overuse of water. A water crisis is a situation where the available potable, unpolluted water within a region is less than that region’s demand. Water scarcity is being driven by two converging phenomena: growing freshwater use and depletion of usable freshwater resources.

Sustainability & LEED! Two important reasons why it matters…

Posted on: January 19th, 2016 by mark bauer No Comments

…that you may not be thinking about.sustainability and LEED

The phrase “it’s the right thing to do”, is often code for “don’t want to do it, but we should, because people like it – it’s the right thing”. If that’s your synopsis of the reasons for “sustainability” initiatives as a property manager, it’s time to think again. Here are two powerful motivations, explained by Roger Platt of USGBCthe issuers of LEED certification.

1. Investors require it.

When real money gets invested in a concept, there’s a good chance the concept is real too. So when real estate investors start requiring “green” buildings that brings real credibility to the importance of “being green”. In this article, Roger Platt gives some background to this critical reason for staying focused on the sustainability initiatives you are undertaking with your properties: investors are requiring it!  Here’s the post >>>

2. Lenders value it.

So buyers/investors want green and sustainable properties, but it doesn’t stop with them. Those who lend money are also seeking “green” properties, because they too know that the market value of “green” buildings is strong. If buyers want them, they’ll have a better chance of selling or retaining value… so lenders value green buildings too. Here’s the other side of the “investors require it” coin. Read the article here >>>>>

eWater Advantage plays a vital roll in the drive for property sustainability in practical ways that make financial sense. The system can significantly reduce costs while providing a safer environment for your workers and customers, and it contributes towards LEED points. Ozone ewater is a rare example of when the right thing to do is also the economically smart thing to do.

 

If you’re wanting to go green – see the big picture.

Posted on: January 11th, 2016 by mark bauer No Comments

go green

GO GREEN! Then go really green without sacrificing the true cleaning ability of the product by using on-site generation of aqueous ozone.

General attitudes towards green cleaners have typically been either – they didn’t work well enough, or they were too expensive – and many times, both.

Nowadays there are many quality “green” chemistry products, but they still have (from a sustainability perspective) the boat anchor of conventional distribution. Shipped by the truckload, green chemistry products burn just as much fossil fuel and create just as much carbon as any other product shipped over-the-road. The empty containers and packaging waste from green products contribute to landfills the same as any bottle of a harsh cleaner. And residues left on surfaces still trap dirt and build up over time, whether they are “green” or not.

Thinking of “greening” your cleaning program? Then really go green by going all the way with aqueous ozone technology. Make your own unlimited supply on-site; no environmental impact of constant transportation; no containers for landfills; no residue left on surfaces or in carpets. And yes, it really works and it’s totally green — nothing is safer for your staff, your customers, or the environment. When you look at it from the big picture, nothing is “greener” than aqueous ozone made on-site!

The slot cars of your youth have grown up!

Posted on: December 9th, 2015 by mark bauer No Comments

slot car

Did you (or your brother) have a slot car track?

Remember trying to hold the car on the track in the corners? Then you’d just give up, take off the guard rails, and see how far you could spin the car off the track! Well… the slot car has grown up and it’s all in the name of SUSTAINABILITY.  When you watch this video do you picture a giant 9-year old boy behind the camera squeezing the over-sized controller? Check out this video of an electric Formula-class race car doing donuts! If you think the tiny F-1 engines sound like sewing machines, wait until you hear this!

It’s pretty clear that the drive to sustainability has reached into most sectors of life. Green sports initiatives are huge, but perhaps nothing is more impressive than the perfection of electric motors powerful enough to propel race cars. Will we see solar panels on the rear wings some day?

At eWater we salute efforts like these to save the planet – save the air, the water, the land — and protect custodial workers. Maybe we’ll see about getting our eWater solutions into the shops to keep these fabulous cars clean without chemicals! Learn more about what we’re doing for property managers.   And check out what we’re doing for golf clubs.