Thursday, January 19, 2017

New York's Green Cleaning Program - Policy

New York's Green Cleaning Program & Policies
Mission, Overview and Background of the Environmental Services Unit
Elementary and Secondary Schools in the State
Chapter 584 of the Laws of 2005 - New York State Green Cleaning Law amends the New York State Education Law and Finance Law to require elementary and secondary schools to procure and use environmentally sensitive cleaning and maintenance products with assistance from, and in accordance with, guidelines prescribed by the OGS Commissioner. The Law went into effect in September 2006.

State Agencies
Executive Order 4 - Establishing a State Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability Program (EO 4) was signed on April 24, 2008 and promotes policies within state agencies and authorities that reduce the potential impacts on public health and the environment and reduce the consumption of materials and energy. EO 4 requires every state agency and authority to develop and implement a Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship Program, which must include projects, programs and policies designed to reduce the public health and environmental impacts of their operations, such as reduction or elimination of the use and generation of toxic substances, pollution and waste. Additionally, the EO 4 interagency committee has identified green cleaning products as an item for which green specifications will be issued. OGS considers the continuation and enhancement of agency green cleaning programs to be part and parcel of compliance with EO 4, and that agencies and authorities must utilize green cleaning practices in complying with EO 4. Therefore, the Green Cleaning Guidelines and list of approved cleaning products apply to both school districts and state agencies.
2010 Guidelines
OGS has updated the Guidelines and Specifications for the procurement of environmentally sensitive cleaning and maintenance products for elementary and secondary schools as well as state agencies and public authorities. This comprehensive Guidelines and Specifications document details all aspects of a green cleaning program that schools and state agencies need to follow to comply with the Green Cleaning Law and EO 4.
Other Policies and Guidelines
Other state and federal policies and guidelines that, under certain circumstances, supersede the policies described above.
Information on Seasonal Influenza - The New York State Department of Health has posted a number of documents on their website, including guidance on three different flu viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus.
Prevention of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Infections - The New York State Department of Health has posted several online health advisories for the prevention of MRSA in various settings including schools. These advisories describe the symptoms and transmission of the disease, and outline preventative measures including environmental cleaning and disinfection. The site contains additional general information on MRSA.
Information on Hand Sanitizers in Schools - The State Education Department addresses several questions related to hand sanitizing products and hand cleaners/soaps.
Reports
June 2007 Environmentally Sensitive Cleaning and Maintenance Product School Impact Report Pursuant to Chapter 584 of the Laws of 2005 (Updated 2010). This report documents the State Education Department's (SED) analysis of the impact of the guidelines and specifications on the purchase, procurement, and use of environmentally sensitive cleaning and maintenance products by elementary and secondary schools.
Response to Comments (2010)
The public comments received by November 20, 2009 on the Green Cleaning Proposed Guidelines have been reviewed. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to provide public comments.

Based on our review of all comments, the Office of General Services, in consultation with representatives from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Health, Department of Labor and State Education Department, developed groupings of similar comments, which we called categories. We then created a heading or title for each category, provided our response to that category, and attached all associated or related comments. Below you will find a Table of Contents that lists all 8 categories. Please find the category you wish to view and click on it. You will be linked to that specific category, which will be followed by the response, then by all the related comments.

Feedback from these comments was helpful in amending the final Guidelines for Green Cleaning document below where appropriate.

Please find the category you wish to view and click on it in the Table of Contents. You will be linked to that specific category, which will be followed by the response, then by all the related comments.
https://greencleaning.ny.gov/policies.asp 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Did You Know Guardian Cleans Biopharmaceutical Companies?

At Guardian Service Industries, we understand that Biopharmaceutical facilities require special cleaning programs designed for effective and consistent cleaning to avoid cross-contamination and the cleaning processes must be verified as effective. Our cleaning program can be broken down into three phases: the cleaning process and cycle development, cleaning validation, and maintenance.

Our cleaning program is driven by regulatory expectations to ensure that residues from one product will not carry over and cross-contaminate the next product. An effective cleaning program is vital to your success and ours.
Each facility has its own distinctive expectations for contract services. With this premise in mind, Guardian builds our plan around your clearly defined expectations. We can help you maintain a clean environment by offering a broad range of cleaning and support services — enabling you to manufacture your products in a safe, clean working environment.

Safety and performance are paramount in Biopharma facilities as they are in other market sectors. Our industry-leading expertise and uniquely integrated cleaning solutions will help save you time, resources and money – delivering real operational efficiencies and cost savings.
Additionally, we are an environmentally sustainable full service facility solution provider delivering a single source for services, including:
We specialize in provide subject matter expertise, management and staffing in all areas of facility management and deliver to customer –
  • CIMS Certified & LEED Certified Experts on Staff
  • Customized cleaning services to meet your specific needs
  • Comprehensive Proprietary Green Cleaning Training & OSHA Training
  • Customized unarmed and armed security services to meet your specific needs

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Guardian Presents - Our Aviation & Transportation Solution

Did you know we specialize in aviation and transportation? 
Your travelers may not always notice our cleaning teams working throughout the airport, but they will notice their work! However our subtlety, doesn’t mean were any less meticulous about how we look. If anything, we take pride in our appearance and that of our cleaning equipment. Why? Because we understand were representatives of your facility.
Besides maintaining floors and surfaces, our team is always ready to respond to emergencies and immediate needs. In fact, our response times are measured in minutes, if not seconds. All our systems can be customized to meet the demands of TSA and other security agencies without interrupting their essential functions.
Our systems are also designed to work with ever-changing passenger loads. From downtime to full-capacity holiday seasons!
Additionally, we are an environmentally sustainable full service facility solution provider delivering a single source for services, including:
We specialize in provide subject matter expertise, management and staffing in all areas of facility management and deliver to customer –
  • CIMS Certified & LEED Certified Experts on Staff
  • Customized cleaning services to meet your specific needs
  • Comprehensive Proprietary Green Cleaning Training & OSHA Training
  • Customized unarmed and armed security services to meet your specific needs                                                                      
  • http://www.guardian-service.com/industries/aviation-transportation/

Friday, January 13, 2017

Guardian's Supervisor Of 2016

Guardian Introduces Olsi Mehidri 

Guardian Service Industries is pleased to introduce you to our Supervisor Of The Year Olsi Mehidri! Per Jeremy Bressler, Vice President Operations, "Olsi applies fairness and consistency to all actions, communicates goals and expectations clearly and holds staff accountable, but more importantly, he treats all with dignity, respect, and integrity." 


What defines a Model Supervisor? 
Model Supervisor Behaviors: 
 Applies fairness and consistency to all actions. 
 Communicates goals and expectations clearly and holds staff accountable. 
 Provides tools for achievement. 
 Removes unnecessary barriers to accomplishment and assists with problem solving. 
 Provides feedback in a constructive way and manages issues in the workplace. 
 Treats all with dignity, respect, and integrity. 
 Collaborates with other peers and organizations and supports an environment of collaboration. 
 Empowers everyone to achieve their best and offers development opportunities for future growth.  Understands and supports work life balance. 
 Appreciates the contribution that a diverse workforce offers, and supports efforts to sustain a diverse workforce. 
 Safeguards and manages assets and institutional resources for the greatest support for institutional goals. 

Please join Guardian in congratulating Olsi Mehidri for his accomplishment!  #Leadership #TeamWork#Supervisor #GuardianJanitorial #GuardianSince1918

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Did You Know We Do Sports & Entertainment?

Guardian provides janitorial and facility maintenance services to stadiums, arenas and event centers. Our staff works effectively and efficiently to clean and sanitize your entertainment venue’s restrooms, common areas, food vending areas and more.
Guardian uses only USDA approved cleaning products and disinfectants for your food vending areas. We can also handle any size hard floor maintenance jobs with our auto scrubbers. Additionally, Guardian also provides best in class carpet cleaning for your entertainment venue’s executive suites and box suites.

Additionally, we are an environmentally sustainable full service facility solution provider delivering a single source for services, including:
We specialize in provide subject matter expertise, management and staffing in all areas of facility management and deliver to customer –
  • CIMS Certified & LEED Certified Experts on Staff
  • Customized cleaning services to meet your specific needs
  • Comprehensive Proprietary Green Cleaning Training & OSHA Training
  • Customized unarmed and armed security services to meet your specific needs

Monday, January 9, 2017

Guardian's Employee Of The Year - 2016

Another year, another amazing employee!

Guardian Service Industries is pleased to introduce you to our Employee of the Year Vincenzo D'Angelo! Per Jeremy Bressler, Vice President Operations, "Vincenzo exhibits commitment to quality in carrying out his job responsibilities, is an asset to the staff of his department and exhibits exemplary service in his daily work. 



But more importantly, he portrays a positive attitude toward his work responsibilities, co-workers, and customers and serves as a role model for others! Please join Guardian in congratulating Vincezo D'Angelo for his accomplishment!

About Guardian

Established in 1918, Guardian Service Industries, Inc. is a 4th generation family-owned Janitorial, Security and Engineering & Operations staffing corporation. With over 1,000 clients and maintaining over 120 million square feet throughout the Northeast inclusive of commercial buildings/facilities, government buildings, residential communities, schools, industrial facilities, transportation hubs, and retail outlets we are a full facility solution provider.

We specialize in providing subject matter expertise, management and staffing in all areas of facility maintenance, inclusive of Janitorial Services, Security Services, Engineering & Operations, Pest Control, Lighting and Electric, Window Cleaning, Concierge/Front Desk Ambassador, and Marble, Metal and Wood Restoration.

Guardian Service Industries, Your Facility Solution Provider.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

What the New Administration Could Mean for Green Buildings

By: Camille von Kaenel

President-elect Donald Trump and some of his cabinet nominees—including Rick Perry at the Department of Energy and Scott Pruitt at the Environmental Protection Agency–have rejected the mainstream science on climate change and vowed to roll back environmental rules like the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. This has architects worried that Trump’s administration could reverse other regulations, including those relating to green buildings.


Trump railed against green office buildings specifically in a 2012 interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box, saying they were “green because they don’t give you enough energy.” Only a couple of the properties associated with his name, such as the new Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., have sought LEED certification, according to a directory kept by the United States Green Building Council.
Todd Myers, the director of the Center for the Environment at the Washington Policy Center, who has fought green building standards for schools, sees the election as an opportunity for the federal government to do away with regulations like the General Services Administration’s requirement of LEED certification for federal facilities. “The current administration has wanted to look green. The problem is, looking green and being green are two different things,” Myers says. “If the Trump administration only cares about results, we may actually do better at creating energyefficient buildings, because they will go with what works rather than earning plaques,” he says, referring to the USGBC emblems displayed in LEED-certified buildings.
Federal buildings have been seen as leaders in energy-efficient retrofits and new green construction—but that could change. Trump has vowed to rescind many of President Barack Obama’s executive orders, which could include the one signed in February 2015 requiring that federal buildings cut energy use by 2.5 percent each year through 2025.
Regardless of what action Trump takes with his predecessor’s executive orders, the GSA would still be required by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to follow general sustainable-building principles (the agency updates its requirements in a yearly policy document). Pruitt, whose record of suing the agency he may soon lead has worried environmentalists, could not singlehandedly revoke GSA’s LEED-certification requirement. The EPA does have several discretionary programs that seek to facilitate green building, like Water Sense, Energy Star, and Portfolio Manager, that “may receive some scrutiny or be impacted under the new administration,” says Taryn Holowka, the senior vice president of Marketing, Communications and Advocacy at USGBC.
Department of Energy efficiency standards have also become a target, with the House Freedom Caucus asking the Trump administration in mid-December to scrap a slew of new rules for household appliances. But Holowka says she is confident that green-building policy will remain a bipartisan issue and that the private sector would continue to seek out sustainable and energy-efficient buildings.
The vast majority of policies that could affect green building, from incentives to energy codes to building codes, is set at the local level, according to Russel Unger, the executive director of the Urban Green Council in New York. “When you drill down to any individual city, whoever’s in federal office doesn’t affect the industry that much,” he says. “There’s tremendous innovation going on, and a lot is driven just because the market and owners want to make a better building than the last one, and [this innovating] is grounded by a suite of local laws and state programs.”
The belief in the power of individual cities to shape environmental policy was borne out by the mayors of 90 of the world’s leading megacities. In December, at a conference sponsored by the organization C40 Cities, held in Mexico City, they vowed to redouble their efforts to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. The mayors identified buildings as the sector with the most cuts to offer, primarily through building data reporting, new energy codes, and municipal and commercial building retrofits.
Camille von Kaenel writes about the business and politics of climate change for ClimateWire of E&E Publishing in Washington, D.C.