Monthly Archives: November 2016

Game on for Green Cleaning

By Mark Petruzzi


If you’re reading the Sustainable Schools column in SP&M, you’re probably using some green cleaning products, and you may even have a robust green cleaning program (products, procedures, and policies) in place. For too many of our schools, though, green cleaning is something they haven’t been able to implement. Some of the same, longstanding myths about green cleaning continue to pop up as reasons why not: green products are more expensive, green products don’t work as well, etc.

Advocates for healthier school environments have been touting the benefits of green cleaning products for many years now: they’re cost-neutral to cost-saving (especially if you switch from ready-to-use products to concentrates), they perform like “traditional” cleaners, they’re safer for staff to handle and use, and they contain far fewer ingredients of concern to growing children’s bodies (and grown-ups, too). Even with all the positives, there are still schools and school districts where green cleaning hasn’t yet been embraced.

Rather than continue to espouse the same green cleaning benefits and run headfirst into the same myths, I thought I’d share two resources that may help your school make the transition to a cleaning program that’s better for students, staff, and the environment.

Fresh on the heels of the Summer Olympic Games, nearly everyone is a fan of one sport or another. While your facility managers, custodial staff, and school board may not all cheer for the same professional sports teams, I guarantee they all own at least one item of clothing with an elementary, middle, or high school mascot on it. They may even have been spotted wearing face paint or with hair sprayed in team colors. To take advantage of this enthusiasm, the first resource I want to share is the Green Sports Alliance Greener Cleaning Playbook.

As noted on the Green Sports Alliance website (greensportsalliance.org), “The Greener Cleaning Playbook is designed to help sports facilities reduce the health and environmental threats associated with cleaning sports venues. Beyond protecting health, the cleaning industry uses significant quantities of chemicals, paper products, cleaning equipment, plastic liners for waste receptacles, and other supplies.”

Read the full article here.

Mitchell & Hamhuis Commit to Environment as New Owners of Tofino Marina

By Chris Lomon


Tofino doesn’t boast a big-league hockey franchise, but the ‘magical place’ will soon be seeing a lot of two NHL players.

A pair of veteran defencemen. A Vancouver Island-based businessman. A picturesque community. A unique opportunity.

Add it all up and the result is Dan Hamhuis, Willie Mitchell and business partner Andrew Purdey as the proud new owners of the 63-room Marina West Motel, a four-acre property located on the outskirts of one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations.

“It was a really good opportunity for us,” said Hamhuis, who hails from Smithers, BC. “Tofino is a special place and we’re looking forward to sprucing the property up, and making it a place where people can come and enjoy themselves.”

Hamhuis, who signed as an unrestricted free agent with Dallas Stars this summer, was equal parts thrilled and relieved when the deal became official. “There were a lot of business terms and information overload,” laughed the 33-year-old. “But it’s really exciting now that all of the paperwork and that side of it is all done. There were a lot of daily emails between me and Willie, along with a lot of phone calls leading up to signing the deal, but now we can focus on other things.”

Hamhuis, Mitchell and Purdey were in Tofino last week for a meet-and-greet event that included a barbecue and live music.

Mitchell, from Port McNeill, BC, has skated in 907 NHL regular season games, most recently with the Florida Panthers.

Protecting the local environment is a major priority.

“We are committed to making it one of the best blue-collar marinas in the Pacific Northwest by adding fresh resources, energy, and eyes to the property,” he said on the resort’s Facebook page. “All three of us are B.C. boys from small towns who have a passion for fishing, the outdoors, our oceans and that small town camaraderie.”

Read the full story here.

University of Arizona Sustainability Groups Tour the Green Facilities of Sun Devil Stadium

By Ava Garcia
The Daily Wildcat

Alana Levine (center), Arizona State University's assistant director in facilities development and management, shows off Sun Devil Stadiums' recycling and compost bins UA campus sustainability program coordinator Julia Rudnick (left) and student Celeste Colmenares (right) Nov. 10 in Tempe. Sun Devil Stadium recycles 50% of its waste.

Alana Levine (center), Arizona State University’s assistant director in facilities development and management, shows off Sun Devil Stadiums’ recycling and compost bins UA campus sustainability program coordinator Julia Rudnick (left) and student Celeste Colmenares (right) Nov. 10 in Tempe. Sun Devil Stadium recycles 50% of its waste.

A group of students from Students for Sustainability, Greening the Game and Green Team traveled to Arizona State University to tour the school’s newly renovated Sun Devil Stadium and learn about its Zero Waste initiatives Thursday night.

The tour, led by ASU’s Alana Levine, recycling program manager, took the group through the different levels of the stadium as well as the “back-of-the-house” area where waste materials were sent off.

This visit took place during ASU’s home football game against the University of Utah, which ASU had chosen as its reporting game for the Green Sports Alliance’s competition with the Pac-12 Conference. This challenge ranks schools based on outreach, collaboration and diversion rate, or the amount of material diverted from the landfill.

The group of UA students went to ASU to get a different perspective, according to Julia Rudnick, the UA coordinator of campus sustainability programs who attended the trip with the students.

Rudnick said ASU’s sustainability efforts were “amazing” and that she’s “highly impressed.”

According to Levine, who works with the Zero Waste department, all ASU athletic venues, and in turn all the ASU games held in said venues, are public-facing zero-waste, meaning that the goal is to divert material from the landfill. Everything served to the public is compostable or recyclable. This is possible because of ASU’s Zero Waste department’s partnerships with custodial staff and concessions providers.

With a recent stadium renovation, Sun Devil Stadium’s diversion rate hovers around 50 percent, while at other venues, the diversion rate is 70-80 percent according to Levine.

“Once we’re done with all the phases [of renovation] in the stadium, we’re going to be able to achieve those really regular high diversion rates,” Levine said.

Read the full article here.

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