Friday, December 9, 2016

New Addition to CAI-NJ....Jeff Logan

Guardian is pleased to announce Jeff Logan, Guardian's Regional Director, Business Development has just been elected the Director of CAI-NJ. 


According to CAI-NJ Executive Director Larry Thomas "Jeff is a well respected industry professional that brings years of experience and knowledge to our chapter." 

About CAI-NJ

The New Jersey chapter of CAI (CAI-NJ) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of community association living, through education, legislative advocacy and professional development.
The New Jersey chapter of CAI is one of the largest in the United States, with over 1,600 members. We provide continuous education and resources to help our members stay abreast of the current news, laws and issues affecting community associations in the State of New Jersey.
The Community Associations Institute (CAI) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to providing the education and resources necessary to foster vibrant, responsive, competent, community associations and helping them promote harmony and responsible leadership.
Community Association Volunteer Leaders (CAVLs), Community Managers, Community Management Companies as well as Business Partner members made up of professionals and service providers, rely on CAI as the definitive source for:
  • The most up-to-date information on association management and operations to keep communities on the leading edge
  • Best practices in the community association industry
  • Innovative educational courses centered on creative learning
  • Networking forums for professionals, service providers, managers and community association volunteer leaders
Visit www.caionline.org for more information about CAI National.

About Guardian Service Industries, Inc. 
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.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Free Energy Efficiency Training Program for NYC’s Small Building Operators | Inhabitat New York City

Free Energy Efficiency Training Program, NYC Training programs, energy efficiency, Mayor's Office of Sustainability
Residential buildings are responsible for roughly three-quarters of greenhouse gas emissions here in New York City. The NYC Building Operator Training Program, launched this week by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability in collaboration with the NYC Department of Small Business Services, is a project that aims to dismantle that statistic and empower residential building workers by arming them with energy efficiency know-how.


Read more: Free Energy Efficiency Training Program for NYC’s Small Building Operators | Inhabitat New York City 


The new initiative seeks to help residential buildings reduce energy costs anywhere from 5 to up to 20 percent. Not only does this unique project advance the city’s long-term sustainability agenda, it also provides innovative and responsive job training at no cost to accepted participants. The training, designed for maintenance staff of small, multi-family buildings (with 5 to 50 apartment units or between 5,000 to 50,000 gross square feet), will be an opportunity to learn various methods to conserve energy, specifically related to heating, electrical and water systems. While all applicants to the free program will be considered, it is notable that employers who agree to a raise in wage for their participating staff will be prioritized. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. More information about the application process guidelines is available here.

This 30-hour workforce development program advances Mayor Bill de Blasio’s One NYC mission toward a more equitable, sustainable and resilient city. One of One NYC’s most ambitious and robust goals is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Training programs such as this one move the initiative in the right direction, as they provide accessible tools to building operators on how to put sustainability into practice, and also strengthen the skillsets of workers.

The NYC Building Operator Training Program begins a soft launch on December 6th and will be fully implemented in 2017.
Images courtesy of NYC.gov


Read more: Free Energy Efficiency Training Program for NYC’s Small Building Operators | Inhabitat New York City 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Power of LED's

The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today's most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies. Quality LED light bulbs last longer, are more durable, and offer comparable or better light quality than other types of lighting. Check out the top 8 things you didn't know about LEDs to learn more.

ENERGY SAVINGS

LED is a highly energy efficient lighting technology, and has the potential to fundamentally change the future of lighting in the United States.  Residential LEDs -- especially ENERGY STAR rated products -- use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting.
Widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States. By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today's electricity prices.

HOW LEDS ARE DIFFERENT

LED lighting is very different from other lighting sources such as incandescent bulbs and CFLs. Key differences include the following:


  • Light Source: LEDs are the size of a fleck of pepper, and a mix of red, green, and blue LEDs is typically used to make white light.
  • Direction: LEDs emit light in a specific direction, reducing the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light. This feature makes LEDs more efficient for many uses such as recessed downlights and task lighting. With other types of lighting, the light must be reflected to the desired direction and more than half of the light may never leave the fixture.
  • Heat: LEDs emit very little heat. In comparison, incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80% of their energy as heat.

LED PRODUCTS

LED lighting is currently available in a wide variety of home and industrial products, and the list is growing every year. The rapid development of LED technology leads to more products and improved manufacturing efficiency, which also results in lower prices. Below are some of the most common types of LED products.


INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL LIGHTING
The high efficiency and directional nature of LEDs makes them ideal for many industrial uses. LEDs are increasingly common in street lights, parking garage lighting, walkway and other outdoor area lighting, refrigerated case lighting, modular lighting, and task lighting.
KITCHEN UNDER-CABINET LIGHTING
Because LEDs are small and directional, they are ideal for lighting countertops for cooking and reading recipes. The color can appear more cool or blue than is typically desirable in a kitchen, and there can be some excessive shadowing in some fixtures, so it is important to compare products to find the best fixture for your space.
RECESSED DOWNLIGHTS
Recessed downlights are commonly used in residential kitchens, hallways, and bathrooms, and in a number of office and commercial settings. DOE estimates there are at least 500 million recessed downlights installed in U.S. homes, and more than 20 million are sold each year. Both CFL and LED technology can decrease downlight wattage by 75% or more. 
LED REPLACEMENT BULBS
With performance improvements and dropping prices, LED lamps can replace 40, 60, and even 75 Watt incandescent bulbs. It's important to read the Lighting Facts Label to make sure the product is the right brightness and color for the intended location. When chosen carefully, LED replacement products can be an excellent option. 
HOLIDAY LIGHTS
LEDs consume far less electricity than incandescent bulbs, and decorative LED light strings such as Christmas tree lights are no different. Not only do LED holiday lights consume less electricity, they also have the following advantages:
  • Safer: LEDs are much cooler than incandescent lights, reducing the risk of combustion or burnt fingers.
  • Sturdier: LEDs are made with epoxy lenses, not glass, and are much more resistant to breakage.
  • Longer lasting: The same LED string could still be in use 40 holiday seasons from now.
  • Easier to install: Up to 25 strings of LEDs can be connected end-to-end without overloading a wall socket.
Estimated cost of electricity to light a six-foot tree for 12 hours a day for 40 days
Incandescent C-9 lights$10.00
LED C-9 lights$0.27
Incandescent Mini-lights$2.74
LED Mini-lights$0.82

Estimated cost* of buying and operating lights for 10 holiday seasons
Incandescent C-9 lights$122.19
LED C-9 lights$17.99
Incandescent Mini-lights$55.62
LED Mini-lights$33.29
*Assumes 50 C-9 bulbs and 200 mini-lights per tree, with electricity at $0.119 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) (AEO 2012 Residential Average). Prices of lights based on quoted prices for low volume purchases from major home improvement retailers. All costs have been discounted at an annual rate of 5.6%. Life span assumed to be three seasons (1,500 hours) for non-LED lights.

The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today's most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies. Quality LED light bulbs last longer, are more durable, and offer comparable or better light quality than other types of lighting. Check out the top 8 things you didn't know about LEDs to learn more.

ENERGY SAVINGS

LED is a highly energy efficient lighting technology, and has the potential to fundamentally change the future of lighting in the United States.  Residential LEDs -- especially ENERGY STAR rated products -- use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting.
Widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States. By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today's electricity prices.

HOW LEDS ARE DIFFERENT

LED lighting is very different from other lighting sources such as incandescent bulbs and CFLs. Key differences include the following:
  • Light Source: LEDs are the size of a fleck of pepper, and a mix of red, green, and blue LEDs is typically used to make white light.
  • Direction: LEDs emit light in a specific direction, reducing the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light. This feature makes LEDs more efficient for many uses such as recessed downlights and task lighting. With other types of lighting, the light must be reflected to the desired direction and more than half of the light may never leave the fixture.
  • Heat: LEDs emit very little heat. In comparison, incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80% of their energy as heat.

LED PRODUCTS

LED lighting is currently available in a wide variety of home and industrial products, and the list is growing every year. The rapid development of LED technology leads to more products and improved manufacturing efficiency, which also results in lower prices. Below are some of the most common types of LED products.
INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL LIGHTING
The high efficiency and directional nature of LEDs makes them ideal for many industrial uses. LEDs are increasingly common in street lights, parking garage lighting, walkway and other outdoor area lighting, refrigerated case lighting, modular lighting, and task lighting.
LED lighting in a kitchen.
KITCHEN UNDER-CABINET LIGHTING
Because LEDs are small and directional, they are ideal for lighting countertops for cooking and reading recipes. The color can appear more cool or blue than is typically desirable in a kitchen, and there can be some excessive shadowing in some fixtures, so it is important to compare products to find the best fixture for your space.
RECESSED DOWNLIGHTS
Recessed downlights are commonly used in residential kitchens, hallways, and bathrooms, and in a number of office and commercial settings. DOE estimates there are at least 500 million recessed downlights installed in U.S. homes, and more than 20 million are sold each year. Both CFL and LED technology can decrease downlight wattage by 75% or more. 
LED REPLACEMENT BULBS
With performance improvements and dropping prices, LED lamps can replace 40, 60, and even 75 Watt incandescent bulbs. It's important to read the Lighting Facts Label to make sure the product is the right brightness and color for the intended location. When chosen carefully, LED replacement products can be an excellent option. 
HOLIDAY LIGHTS
LEDs consume far less electricity than incandescent bulbs, and decorative LED light strings such as Christmas tree lights are no different. Not only do LED holiday lights consume less electricity, they also have the following advantages:
  • Safer: LEDs are much cooler than incandescent lights, reducing the risk of combustion or burnt fingers.
  • Sturdier: LEDs are made with epoxy lenses, not glass, and are much more resistant to breakage.
  • Longer lasting: The same LED string could still be in use 40 holiday seasons from now.
  • Easier to install: Up to 25 strings of LEDs can be connected end-to-end without overloading a wall socket.
Estimated cost of electricity to light a six-foot tree for 12 hours a day for 40 days
Incandescent C-9 lights$10.00
LED C-9 lights$0.27
Incandescent Mini-lights$2.74
LED Mini-lights$0.82

Estimated cost* of buying and operating lights for 10 holiday seasons
Incandescent C-9 lights$122.19
LED C-9 lights$17.99
Incandescent Mini-lights$55.62
LED Mini-lights$33.29

*Assumes 50 C-9 bulbs and 200 mini-lights per tree, with electricity at $0.119 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) (AEO 2012 Residential Average). Prices of lights based on quoted prices for low volume purchases from major home improvement retailers. All costs have been discounted at an annual rate of 5.6%. Life span assumed to be three seasons (1,500 hours) for non-LED lights.
For more details log-on - http://energy.gov/energysaver/led-lighting 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Carpet Cleaning Before The Holiday Parties (or after)...

Its time to clean your carpets and if you're looking for the right price and service combination,”look no more!” We use highly trained technicians, the best equipment on the market and non-toxic cleaning products...so you can be sure to get the best service experience and the best cleaning you’ve ever had!


No matter the color and style of your carpet, we take care of your cleaning needs! Your carpets will be treated with non-toxic cleaning cleaning agents that will leave your office/home smelling great and your carpets looking amazing! And all of our cleaners and solutions are ecologically safe for your tenants, children, pets and earth. Did you know this service is part and parcel of our Janitorial solution? 

About Guardian Janitorial
Guardian Janitorial Services combines today’s technology with more than 90 years of innovative experience. That means we can offer you a full range of solutions based on your individual needs. We customize our cleaning service to meet the needs of commercial properties, residential communities/buildings, financial institutions, retail locations, academia and municipal buildings.
From general maintenance to carpet cleaning to post-construction clean-up, Guardian Service Industries has your entire commercial and residential cleaning services needs covered.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

SETTING THE SUSTAINABILITY AGENDA

By: Fiona Reynolds 
While many sustainable investors and environmental groups were dismayed by the recent US election results, it is important to recognise that the election of Donald Trump—and to a large extent Brexit in the UK—reflects a growing unhappiness and dissatisfaction on the part of millions of people who feel that existing financial systems, policymakers and structures are not working in their favour.
The PRI recognises that many people across the world feel left behind by globalisation and are still feeling the outcomes of the global financial crisis.
They have seen Wall Street bailed out, while they have been left with the bill, and to struggle with cuts in services, the loss of jobs and real wages in decline.
This work aligns closely with the PRI’s mission, which calls for it to promote a sustainable global financial system that supports long-term value creation and benefits the environment and society as a whole. It also aligns to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) announced last year, notably, SDG1, whereby a healthy financial system can help curb income inequality.People are looking for something different, for markets and a system that works for them, not against them, which is why the PRI is undertaking work, in collaboration with our signatories, on creating a more sustainable financial system.
On a practical level, convincing the President-elect that his mandate to stimulate growth and re-energise the job market by improving ageing US infrastructure would benefit from a sustainable focus is a challenge that investors groups should rise to.
No one can dispute that America’s dilapidated roadways, bridges, waterways, electricity grid, telecommunications and other essential services are desperately in need of modernisation.
The American Society of Civil Engineers has estimated that $3.6 trillion would need to be invested in US infrastructure by 2020 just to raise the country’s support systems to acceptable levels. From a commerce standpoint, America’s crumbling infrastructure is undermining its productivity and competitiveness.
A smart way for the President-elect to begin his mandate would be to invest in sustainable infrastructure projects that create jobs and use the latest technologies and innovation but do not harm the environment and are “climate proofed” for the future. The commercial reality is that, given investors are adapting to the “new normal” of a low/no return environment, marrying patient capital with long-term sustainable investing makes perfect sense.
Another opportunity is construction. Buildings are responsible for an enormous amount of global energy use, resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. In the US, buildings account for almost 40 per cent of national CO2 emissions and out-consume both the industrial and transportation sectors.
Trump has built his fortune as a property tycoon and investors are keenly aware that ensuring buildings are constructed to the highest environmental standards results in longer term profitability. As the demand for more sustainable building options increases, green construction is becoming increasingly profitable and desirable in commercial, industrial and residential markets. Global property developers appreciate that well-constructed and efficiently-run buildings will have reduced energy costs, attract responsible long-term investors and be able to command the highest rents.
Then there are the declining costs of clean energy and the fact that the renewable energy sector continues to be a bright spot for job creation.  According to the International Renewable Energy Association, global renewable energy employment increased by 5 per cent in 2015 to reach 8.1 million jobs.
It is through infrastructure upgrades and green property that the Trump administration may come round to the sustainability agenda by recognising the commercial realities and requirements of today’s investors.
It is also worth remembering that individual states in the US such as California—which has adopted higher emissions reductions targets than those set at the federal level—Vermont, Washington, New York, Oregon and a host of other states have strong climate policies in place, which will be independent of policies at the federal level. Climate-change related occurrences such as storm surges are expected to cause more than $500 billion in property damage in the US by the year 2100.
Before his inauguration on January 21, the President-elect has already felt pressure from businesses to stay the US course on climate change.  At COP 22, 360 businesses, including DuPont, Gap Inc, General Mills, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Hilton, HP Inc., and Kellogg Company to name a few, urged Trump to honour the Paris climate agreement and continue to support bold action to reduce emissions.

China in the ascendancy on green finance
But regardless of what happens in the US, other countries are not standing still on climate policies.  During COP22, China renewed its commitment to reducing emissions and to its wider green finance agenda. Xie Zhenhua, China’s special representative for climate change, noted in a speech that climate and green investment has a vital role to play in transforming China’s economic structure.
Zhenhua further said that co-ordination is needed to attract green investment and that policymakers need to work out both economic and environmental policies. This includes promoting innovative, high-tech industries.
China’s leadership on green finance raises another issue for the US, namely, that the US will not want to get left behind and watch other countries surge ahead in green design, technology and innovation, all of which are fundamental to a dynamic economic future.
China was not the only country at COP22 to speak out on the momentum around climate initiatives.  French President Francois Hollande said the Paris Agreement “is irreversible”.
In a speech at COP22, he said: “The United States the first economy in the world, second emitter of greenhouse gases, must respect the commitments that were made.”
The PRI spearheads new initiatives on climate change
Amid the COP22 backdrop, it was a busy time for the PRI.  We launched new guidance, Green equity investing, at a Chinese government event and formally announced a deforestation partnership with Ceres, and supported the launch of a UN Global Compact platform to mobilise business action to support The Paris Agreement. We also participated in a Sustainable Stock Exchanges session, Fostering Green Capital Markets in the South, during which we called on exchanges to support the FSB Task Force Disclosure Framework and promote green investment.
Looking ahead, the FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures – of which the PRI chair is a member – will release draft recommendations on company disclosure on climate change on 14 December. Ensuring that investors have consistent and reliable data on how companies are addressing the material financial risks around climate change, is vital to making sound investment decisions.
The PRI encourages corporates and investors, both large and small, to engage the new US administration, not only because they appreciate the issues at stake, but because they can speak to the President-elect in language that he will understand.
Direct engagement is now the task at hand, so let’s focus on the opportunities to move the sustainability agenda forward.
Read more about sustainability here - sustainable

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bills would crack down on bedbugs in hotels, resi buildings

Rafael Espinal and bedbugs
New legislation aimed at curtailing bedbug outbreaks across New York City will be introduced in the City Council on Tuesday.

One bill will require hotels to have exterminators in to inspect all rooms for the bugs every six months, the New York Daily News reported. A second bill will force the city to publish reports every year that outline the number of bedbug complaints and violations in apartment buildings, along with the average time it takes for infestations to be resolved. 


Under the new laws, the city would also have to publish a map — which would be updated every three months — showing the locations of bedbug complaints and whether or not they have been resolved. Council member Rafael Espinal is behind the legislation.

“Everyone hates bedbugs — they prey on human flesh and cause huge expenses,” he said, according to the paper. “Tenants, homeowners and business pay hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to exterminate an infestation and replace damaged furniture and clothing.”

Under current laws, landlords are required to notify potential tenants about any bedbug infestations that have happened in the past year.
In September, “This American Life” creator Ira Glass and his wife were sued by their condo board, which alleged the couple had failed to address a bedbug infestation in their apartment. [NYDN] — Miriam Hall

About Guardian Pest Control

Successful pest control doesn’t just start with science – it continues day in and day out to help ensure your property is protected from pests and the damage they can do. Every Guardian Pest Control Specialist is trained to assess your building’s unique characteristics, then implement and monitor an Integrated Pest Management plan based in science…created just for you.

What is Integrated Pest Management? Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest control that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in conjunction with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. What type of pests do we help with?
·        Bed bug detection and elimination
·        Bird control and management
·        Chute Management
·        Crawling Insects (roaches, ants, termites, spiders, etc.)
·        Fly management and drain cleaning
·        Flying Insects (flies, bees, wasps, etc.)
·        Mice
·        Rats
When you choose Guardian’s Integrated Pest Management Plan, you choose a program backed by scientific research and proven results.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Guardian Presents - Black Friday Deal

As experts in facilities services, we have 98 years’ experience in facility management and the expertise to assess your needs and goals and customize a plan that provides you maximum value. We keep residential and commercial buildings across the tri-state clean, compliant, and sustainable. 



Combining technology with more than 98 years of innovative experience, we address all of your facility requirements, inclusive of janitorial, security, engineering, window cleaning and pest control.  In honor of Black Friday, book a Guardian specialist to assess your property and if you choose us as your facility partner, receive 8% off your 1st bill. ----- Offer ends December 2, 2016.


About Guardian
With close to 100 years’ experience in commercial and residential janitorial and security services, Guardian has the leadership, organization and expertise to add unprecedented value and deliver impeccable service to your facilities!
Guardian is CIMS Green Building certified with honors by the ISSA – Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association and our management team includes LEED Certified professionals that have helped preeminent facilities achieve LEED certification.
Premier companies, government authorities, and global hubs of transportations rely on our services and the quality of our deliverables to maintain safe, secure, green and clean facilities. In fact, Guardian Service Industries’ expertise and established track record makes us the leader in maintaining commercial facilities and residential communities throughout the Northeast since 1918. Contact Us - http://www.guardian-service.com/contact/