A partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles (USGBC-LA), the Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Los Angeles (BOMA-GLA), and Service Employees International Union (SEIU)-United Service Workers West, and Building Skills Partnership (BSP), we are proud to announce the Green Janitor Education Program. The program, through which janitors are certified, provides hands-on energy management and green cleaning training to address Operations and Maintenance practices that enable buildings to meet green performance standards, with special focus on resulting energy efficiency. The program addresses energy efficiency, recycling, waste management, water conservation and other sustainable and green cleaning practices.
Through this program, janitors are earning a seat at the sustainability table alongside building owners and managers, empowering them to actively participate in the goals of the LEED Rating System, with emphasis on energy efficiency and building health. LEED-certified existing buildings require green maintenance and operations practices. Prior to this Program, the janitors, who are at the forefront of building operations, didn’t necessarily understand why certain sustainable procedures or materials were required, or the kind of impact they, as janitors, could have on energy reduction and water consumption—and ultimately, human health—through their work. The program is also an example of social equity where everyone participates in management and maintenance of a building.
This program has graduated over 300 workers in LA County and is coming to Orange County and San Diego in 2016.
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