FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2012
CONTACT: Jennifer Jones, 904.256.1510, Jennifer.L.Jones@dep.state.fl.us
TURNING WHITE TO “GREEN,” DEP PARTNERS WITH CLARA WHITE MISSION TO TEACH GREEN CLEANING
~Janitorial services job-training program includes green cleaning component~
Students from the Clara White Mission Janitorial / Environmental Services Program Training Class display green cleaning kits provided as part of today's class.
JACKSONVILLE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) provided hands-on green cleaning training at the Clara White Mission in Jacksonville today. Through this training, students of Clara White Mission’s janitorial services job-training program are learning more than a new skill; they are becoming part of a different ‘mission’ to green Florida’s future.
“Our partnership with the Clara White Mission has been truly rewarding,” said DEP Director of Sustainable Initiatives Brad Stombock. “We are able to help the mission provide students with a unique and marketable skill as they learn the benefits of green cleaning. Our hope is that with this skill, the students will be able to enhance their prospects for employment and to increase the use of green cleaners in businesses and industry.”
The Clara White Mission partners with businesses and local community organizations to reduce homelessness through advocacy, housing, job training and employment. In 2008, the Mission started a Janitorial/Environmental Services Training Program to train people for work as housekeepers and janitors in the hospitality industry. Since its inaugural course, the Mission has continued to invite DEP to enhance the program by providing information on green cleaning. Ten classes later, more than 130 students have learned these skills with the help of DEP.
A green cleaning program is a complete approach to cleaning that examines the entire cleaning process. Programs assess space, products and work practices to maximize cleanliness while reducing unnecessary employee, staff, patient, visitor and environmental exposure to hazardous chemicals. In addition, green cleaning focuses on improving indoor air quality, reducing water pollution and encouraging recycling.
To complement the informational component of the green cleaning training, DEP also provided students with green cleaning kits containing microfiber cloths, environmentally friendly cleaning products and ingredients and directions for creating their own green products.