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ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America 2016: Unleashing The Industry’s Potential

In keeping with its theme, ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America and ISSA Convention, October 25-28, 2016, at McCormick Place, South Hall, in Chicago, IL, USA, are designed to help visitors unleash their “Untamed Potential.”


Education & Training Re-Imagined
For starters, attendees will find a completely revamped educational schedule, featuring more than 60 seminars, hands-on training workshops, and networking events focused on the industry’s hottest topics and newest trends. During four days of valuable education, showgoers will have more content and format options than ever, allowing for smaller, intimate experiences. In addition to traditional seminar settings, this year’s schedule includes:

  • Deeper dives: In-depth seminars on hot topics, such as infection control
  • Flash sessions: Two, 15-minute sessions in a 30-minute block of concentrated information, including leadership, management, and hiring tips
  • Ask the Experts: Panel discussions where attendees design the content based on their burning issues
  • Workshops: Half- and full-day hands-on opportunities to learn skills, such as floor and restroom care, customer service, supervisor, and auditing, many of which include certification.

More Special Events
Further strengthening the opportunities to learn and network at the 2016 show are several new events being held in conjunction with ISSA/INTERCLEAN:

  • Green Sports Alliance Chicago’s Greener Cleaning workshop, Thursday, October 27: Venue operators and partners will gather to learn, share, and discuss how sports facilities can reduce the health and environmental threats associated with cleaning.
  • Green Clean Schools Forum, presented by ISSA and the Healthy Schools Campaign, Tuesday-Wednesday, October 25-26: Focused on pressing topics related to green cleaning for the education sector, this event includes workshops, networking opportunities, and a guided tour of the show floor.

For more information on ISSA/INTERCLEAN and ISSA Convention, visit www.issa.com/show.

Rio de Janeiro Faces Challenges in Cleaning Water for 2016 Olympics

A recent Associated Press investigation revealed that Rio de Janeiro still has major efforts to undertake in order to ensure safe water quality for athletes that will be competing in Olympic and Paralympic swimming and boating events at next summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games. The investigation, which involved four rounds of water tests from sites planned to host Olympic competition, has revealed high levels of bacterial and viral contaminants that have resulted in athlete illnesses during training sessions.

Felipe Dana/Associated Press

Felipe Dana/Associated Press

The water contamination is related to the lack of an integrated sewage system in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Several plans have been floated to deal with the issue from a health and safety standpoint. One suggestion has been a relocation of events into open water from Guanabara Bay. The Brazilian organizers introduced plans to improve city sewer infrastructure, though those projects have been largely overlooked in the struggle to prepare the Olympic sites on time.

In many ways the levels of pollution are dependent on weather patterns. During last summer’s test event, favorable southerly winds and zero precipitation allowed for eco-boats to largely clean up the visible trash in the waters of Guanabara Bay. Such conditions cannot be guaranteed, though the International Olympic Committee and international water sports federations have been working together to formulate contingency plans.

“If the bay is polluted and it becomes obvious that the racing will be unsafe and unfair, then we have to consider [moving one or more lanes outside Guanabara Bay]. We are dearly hoping that won’t happen,” said Scott Perry, an ISAF (international sailing federation) vice president and technical director. “This is a Plan B.”


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Green Sports Alliance Releases Greener Cleaning Playbook

New guidelines will help sports venues implement greener cleaning programs

CHICAGO (July 1, 2015)—To assist sports facilities in creating healthier, safer environments for their fans, athletes and staff, the Green Sports Alliance has released its “Greener Cleaning Playbook.” The Playbook provides cost-effective strategies for creating a successful greener cleaning program, and offers comprehensive guidance on how to select cleaning products and services that are environmentally safe.

Greener Cleaning XOs

Each year, the commercial and institutional cleaning industry uses six billion pounds of chemicals, more than four billion pounds of sanitary paper products, and one billion pounds of plastic liners for waste receptacles. Greener cleaning initiatives can improve sports facilities’ operational efficiency and savings by helping them use resources more effectively and safely. These strategies include using cleaning processes that reduce energy and water use, decreasing the number of cleaning products, and switching to high-efficiency cleaning equipment and ecologically preferable sanitary paper products.

“Our goal is to improve the health and environmental sustainability of the places where we play sports,” said Stephen Ashkin, Playbook author, executive director of the Green Cleaning Network and member of the Green Sports Alliance Board of Directors. “We heard from our members that they want to pursue greener cleaning but found the process daunting because of the variety of products, equipment and processes that are used. This Playbook provides a one-stop resource that helps venues easily plan and implement a greener cleaning program.”

The Playbook identifies better practices that sports facilities have leveraged to implement stronger programs, including staff training. Staff training includes educating facility staff on the effectiveness of greener products which, in many cases, can clean better than traditional, more toxic ones. Other better practices include using greener cleaning as a cost reduction strategy, as many greener products are less expensive than their traditional counterparts, and exploring new technologies that can reduce the need for cleaning chemicals altogether.

“A core focus in creating meaningful change across the global sports industry is through the supply chain,” said Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, co-founder and president of the Green Sports Alliance. “By better enabling sports venues to implement greener cleaning, we’re helping to educate our members and the marketplace about environmentally preferable products that can reduce impacts on the planet.”

Sports facilities are already benefiting from their greener cleaning initiatives. The Playbook highlights the operational efficiency and cost-saving results at five leading professional and collegiate venues:

Xcel Energy Center (Home of the Minnesota Wild): Thanks to its switch to greener cleaning products, 90 percent of custodial product purchases meet green standards; and several toxic items have been eliminated entirely, including bleach, floor strippers and harsh seat-cleaning chemicals.

CenturyLink Field and Events Center (Home of the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders): Reduced the amount of chemicals needed to clean the stadium by more than 61,000 gallons; and reduced battery waste per year by 1,300 pounds with more efficient hand towel dispensers.

The KFC YUM! Center (University of Louisville): Reduced the cost of cleaning chemicals through the production of solutions on-site, costing just pennies per gallon, and eliminating five previously purchased traditional chemicals.

Dodgers Stadium (Home of the LA Dodgers): Converted from plastic can liners made from virgin plastic resin to liners made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled resin. Coupled with using liners right-sized to fit their respective containers, the stadium has removed roughly 60,000 pounds of plastic from its waste stream annually.

Lincoln Financial Field (Home of the Philadelphia Eagles): Replaced most of its traditional cleaning chemicals with devices that electrically convert tap water into an effective and environmentally responsible cleaning solution, reducing the ecological impacts associated with packaging and transporting traditional cleaning chemicals.

To read the playbook visit: greensportsalliance.org/greenercleaning

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