Green Janitors

The Green Janitor Education Program (GJEP) meets the growing sustainability needs of commercial businesses and campuses across California, and benefits owners, custodial staff and tenants.

The Need for Energy Efficiency + Green Cleaning Training

At the forefront of building operations are janitors who are critical in reducing energy and water consumption through operations and maintenance and ensuring compliance with green cleaning procedures.

As more buildings  become more sustainable, through LEED certification or in practice, in their quest to reduce their environmental footprint, GJEP addresses an industry need for a vocational training program that incorporates green cleaning practices, energy efficiency, recycling, waste management, and water conservation into the daily operations and maintenance practices of janitors.

GJEP Impact

SeedLA, a nonprofit consulting group, quantified the economic, environmental, and social impact of GJEP.

GJEP implementation leads to a number of economic benefits including verified energy and water savings and a LEED point at no additional cost to building owners. On average, GJEP buildings use 5.6% less energy than non GJEP buildings. Take advantage today of your existing janitorial investments through which this training is provided.

76% of GJEP buildings see a decrease in energy and water usage.

Survey results indicate positive changes in conservation behaviors both at the workplace and at the home.

Curriculum + Modules

  • Intro to Building Sustainability
  • Green Cleaning
  • Energy Conservation
  • Recycling + Waste Diversion
  • Janitor Health + Safety
  • Water Conservation
  • Review + Testing

Download the curriculum outline

Click here to download the brochure!


*Programs presented in Spanish and in English


The GJEP curriculum is designed  in collaboration with US Green Building Council, Los Angeles (USGBC-LA), Building Skills Partnership (BSP), the Building Owners and Managers Association Greater Los Angeles (BOMA-GLA), industry experts, building owners, and the janitor’s union (SEIU-United Service Workers West).

We partner with janitorial employers, property management companies, and responsible business owners in commercial properties, tech, and entertainment industries.


[Janitors] are a part of who we are as a company and engaging them on sustainability is part of what we do…we have to improve our buildings in order to meet our climate goals and engaging our janitors is a critical piece of the puzzle.
— Sara Neff, VP of Sustainability, Kilroy Realty, featured on David Nazar News, October 2018.

The Program fits perfectly, representing the three legs of sustainability: environment, equity, and economy. The janitors are really the front line of creating a sustainable LA…they are walking our talk.
— Matt Petersen, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Los Angeles

Contact Fernanda Zuin, Director of Sustainability Programs, for more information.


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