Western Washington UniversityCommunications and Marketing
DATE: November 12, 2008 11:37:43 AM PST
WWU Academic Custodial Services Receives National Award for 'Green Cleaning'

Contact: Michael Smith, Academic Custodial Services Departmental Supervisor, (360) 650-3934; Michael.Smith@wwu.edu

BELLINGHAM - Western Washington University's Academic Custodial Services department has been selected to receive an Honorable Mention award for their green cleaning and sustainability programs in the Universities category of the 2008 Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities, sponsored by American School and University magazine, The Green Cleaning Network, and Healthy Schools Campaign.

Academic Custodial Services has been a "green" department for the last five years and has been on the nationally recognized leading edge in the green-cleaning movement for the past eight years.

The department has divested itself of petrochemical cleaning products and has begun using bio and compostable trash liners with a goal of reducing the waste stream to zero in a few years. 

"Western has been on the forefront of the ‘green cleaning' and sustainability movement locally and nationally," said Michael Smith, the Departmental Supervisor of Academic Custodial Services. "While other institutions were still using bleach for cleaning, Western's Academic Custodial Services were one of the first higher education cleaning organizations to embrace micro fiber technology and touchless rest room cleaning equipment."

The award will be presented at a ceremony in Washington D.C. on Nov. 12, and will be featured in the December edition of the nationally distributed American School and University magazine.

For more information, contact Michael Smith, Academic Custodial Services Departmental Supervisor, at (360) 650-3934 or at michael.smith@wwu.edu.  

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