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Montgomery College Expands Green Initiatives, Adopts Green Seal™ GS-42 Compliant Cleaning Program

The College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus Facilities Department completes the Building Wellness Institute’s GS 42 accredited Certification Training program, paving the way toward environmental wellness

ROCKVILLE, MD, December 11, 2009—Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus Facilities Department recently completed the Building Wellness Institute Certification Training, the first green cleaning training program in the nation to receive GS 42 accreditation through Green Seal. The adoption of a GS 42 cleaning program supports Montgomery College’s efforts to maintain a sustainable and cost-effective resource conservation program.

Since the late 1970s, Montgomery College has been a leader in sustainability, energy and resource conservation. The College’s current green initiatives are designed to reduce its operating costs and environmental footprint. At this time, 75 percent of the College’s electricity comes from renewable wind power, which keeps more than 33 million pounds of carbon dioxide out of the air. In addition, the College saves $25,000 annually from its use of renewable solar energy, which is generated on site and converted into hot water and electricity. The College also recycles nearly 70 percent of its waste stream for which it receive awards from Montgomery County.

Green Seal’s GS 42 standard is the basis for a certification program designed to define, validate, and promote the green cleaning programs of building service contractors and in-house cleaning service providers. GS 42 compliant Building Wellness Institute Certification Training will help the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus’s Facilities Department’s supervisory team further reduce costs and protect the environment through the adoption of environmentally friendly chemicals and more efficient cleaning processes.

“With the Building Wellness Institute Certification Training, our building services staff can directly contribute to the success of the College’s resource conservation program,” said Terry Evelyn, director of campus facilities at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. “By using healthy and cost-effective cleaning products and processes, our building services team is aligned with the College’s goal of providing safe, comfortable, economical, and environmentally friendly facilities, which help contribute to student success at our community college.”

“Under the direction of Terry Evelyn, Montgomery College has once again demonstrated that it is a national leader in smart, green initiatives,” said Marion Stecklow, executive director of the Building Wellness Institute. “Terry and his team have taken a large step toward creating a healthier environment for all students, faculty and staff,” she added.

The Building Wellness Institute’s unique approach to green cleaning training and consulting is based on the application of science to the cleaning and maintenance of indoor spaces, and designed to protect the health of building occupants and the environment. A scientific advisory board comprised of physicians and environmental specialists adds technical expertise to all programs. In addition to its GS 42 training program, the Building Wellness Institute also provides consulting and assessment services to help organizations develop and execute green cleaning initiatives that align with their environmental wellness goals, requirements and budgets.

About the Building Wellness Institute
The Building Wellness Institute helps facility managers, building owners, building service contractors (BSCs), and environmental services staff protect the health and comfort of their building occupants through comprehensive training, consulting and assessment programs. Our training programs and services, delivered by seasoned professionals with cross-discipline expertise in occupational and environmental medicine, public health, industrial hygiene, toxicology, and chemical engineering, are designed to facilitate GS 42 certification, gain points toward LEED certification, and support a wide range of environmental wellness goals. For commercial buildings, long-term care facilities, and educational institutions, the Building Wellness Institute enables you to make a vital contribution to public health and the environment that delivers unparalleled gains—in reputation, revenue and regulatory compliance.
About Montgomery College

Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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