The IFMA Environmental Stewardship, Utilities and Stewardship (ESUS) Strategic Advisory Group has released the latest update in the widely acclaimed series on sustainability for facility managers, “Sustainability How-to Guide: Global Green Cleaning.” This guide, which was originally published in 2009 and updated in 2011, has been updated again to reflect recent changes and industry trends. 

The updated guide examines green cleaning from a facility management (FM) perspective, providing the tools needed for FM professionals to understand the benefits and make the business case for a green cleaning program. Authors Jennifer Corbett-Shramo, IFMA Fellow; Bill Conley, CFM, SFP, FMP, LEED AP, IFMA Fellow; Dan Wagner; Palle Esbensen and Dorothy Scholnick, FMP address the need for a more widespread use of green cleaning practices as well as the steps involved in implementing a supporting green cleaning program for many different organization types. The guide covers the topics of greenwashing, green cleaning equipment, product and service providers, and the effects on indoor air quality and occupant health. With a detailed overview of the implementation process and real-world examples, the 74-page guide offers instrumental advice for FMs to develop and implement a comprehensive green cleaning program.

The guide is one of 17 in the Sustainability How-to Guide Series, and is available for download here (pdf)