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Touting Training: Importance of Staff Training in a High Performance Green Cleaning Program

By Mark Petruzzi

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My son recently won his first state championship event in swimming. Of course, I was tingly all over since it was also my first time as the father of the fastest 10-year-old-100-yard-breaststroke boy in the state. As I reflected on the hours of practice he’s invested to be successful in his sport, my thoughts naturally kept coming back to the importance of staff training in a high performance green cleaning program.

Some of these thoughts were due to my experience with the Green Sports Alliance Greener Cleaning Playbook. If you haven’t already downloaded and read it, the Greener Cleaning Playbook contains guidance, tools and resources needed to plan and implement a successful green cleaning program. Staff training is emphasized as critical to such a program (as do many other standards and guides for green cleaning programs from Green Seal, ISSA, the Healthy Schools Campaign and others), but it’s an element that’s often overlooked or given little regular attention.

As any sports fan knows, practice makes for better and higher-performing athletes. The same can be said for staff on your team — investing in training will result in better and higher-performing cleaning staffs.

Let’s say you’re currently using a team cleaning system, which is comparable to team sports like baseball, football, soccer or basketball. Each player has a dedicated role, and they work together on offense or defense to score or prevent points. Middle linebackers and point guards translate to restroom and light duty specialists, only your team cleaning staff has more opportunity to rotate through positions to reduce boredom and maintain fairness.

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EnvirOx, LLC Announces New Partnership with Green Sports Alliance


EnvirOx is pleased to announce it has joined the Green Sports Alliance’s Corporate Members Network. The Green Sports Alliance is the central hub of a burgeoning movement to make sports more sustainable. Since launching nationally in March 2011 with 6 professional teams and 5 venues as founding members, the Green Sports Alliance has grown to nearly 400 sports teams and venues from 15 different sports leagues, including the MLB, NHL, NBA and NASCAR.

Green Sports Alliance Members have made a commitment to improve their environmental performance. With the support of the Alliance and its partners, members are reducing waste, conserving energy and water, and eliminating toxic chemicals, among many other ongoing initiatives and accomplishments. They are integrating sustainability into their core operations, engaging fans and leading the way to a greener future.

As part of the new partnership, EnvirOx will be supporting the Green Sports Alliance in its mission of driving green practices throughout sports arenas, teams and organizations. EnvirOx has over 2 decades of experience as the leading manufacturer of environmentally-preferred cleaning chemicals. In this time, EnvirOx has provided thousands of schools, universities, arenas and stadiums with a healthier, more sustainable way to clean.

“EnvirOx’s mission is to improve the health of millions across our country by eliminating toxic chemicals from workplaces, schools and public areas. Our product development philosophy is simple – we make the safest cleaning products that actually work. We don’t think you should have to choose between environmental sustainability and effective, efficient cleaning. We know you can have both.” says Diana Stewart, President of EnvirOx. “We’re excited about the opportunity to bring our mission to the sports industry.”

EnvirOx is also sponsoring the Green Sports Alliance’s 7th Annual Summit in Sacramento, June 27-29 at the Golden 1 Center. This event brings together sports and sustainability industry leaders to engage in advancing the greening of the sports industry.  The theme for the 2017 Summit is PLAY GREENER™: Engaging Fans, Athletes & Communities,” focused on mobilizing members and partners to bring about positive environmental and social impact across their fan-base and surrounding communities.

Read the full release here.

Click here to learn more about the Corporate Members Network.

Rogers Place Scores Green, Sets Stadium Standard

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance
By Rebecca Melnyk

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Opening a brand new facility is no easy feat, especially one like Rogers Place, a more than one million-square-foot sports complex and arena that anchors a major revitalization of Edmonton’s downtown and is the first LEED Silver-certified NHL facility in Canada.

The new home of the Edmonton Oilers, part of the first phase of a 25-acre mixed-use development called ICE District, is a place that Mayor Don Iveson has called a symbol of “Edmonton’s bold future as a great Northern city.” But with such high standards also comes an ongoing commitment to sustainable operations, according to advocates in the green sports movement.

Mike McFaul, assistant general manager of facility operations at Rogers Place, is one of these leaders. He is also a founding member of the Green Sports Alliance (Alliance), an international non-profit organization, which advises professional and collegiate venue operations, teams and leagues about green strategies and sustainable best practices. Even before Rogers Place opened its doors, McFaul was planning initiatives related to waste management, green cleaning and energy use.

The facility opened in September 2016, so programs haven’t been fully implemented and measured; however, much is expected in the future.

“One thing that makes it easier for an operator is a building that was designed to be efficient from the beginning,” he says of the complex, one of the only LEED-certified stadiums in the world. “In the weeks and months to come, we expect to realize more efficiencies and reduce consumption, which is always significant.”

A LEED green cleaning program has been implemented through the cleaning contractor, and LEED-EB procurement with regards to purchasing is on tap. Lighting and HVAC schedules that match the occupancy of the facility are also in the works, along with plans for a Sustainability Committee to help propel the sustainable programs. So far, on the waste management end, receiving Front of House permits for trashcans has led to significant improvements in source separating at FOH locations, while the overall landfill diversion rate has quickly hit a target of more than 90 per cent.

Read the full story here.