Creating a culture of sustainability within your facility not only helps the environment, it reduces operating costs, shows your staff that you care about their well-being and increases your organization’s marketability.
If you’re ready to implement sustainable change, the steps below will get you started on the right foot.
1. Make the switch to green commercial cleaning products. This is one of the easiest — and most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint. It’s also better for the health of your staff.
2. Change your cleaning processes. Green commercial cleaning products are a good start, but how you use them is just as important. Work with your team to redefine the ways in which cleaning is performed to ensure that contaminants are removed without adding unwanted substances to the environment.
3. Set attainable goals. If you’re truly motivated to go green, you’ve also got to be goal-oriented. Set mini goals, along with overarching objectives for your staff. This will make the task at hand less daunting. It will also make your efforts measurable.
4. Properly train your staff. To perform their job well, your staff needs on-site, site-specific and annual in-service training. This will help maintain their knowledge of the correct procedures for safety, tools, techniques and pertinent environmental standards.
5. Open the lines of communication. Make sure everyone knows (from staff to management to daily visitors) that your facility is making efforts to become more sustainable. Encouraging everyone to participate and suggest new avenues of sustainability is the only way a sustainable culture can truly thrive.
6. Incorporate sustainability into your brand identity. Telling everyone through your branding and marketing efforts will strengthen your vision and help your organization as whole meet its sustainability goals.
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