Green Cleaning Citywide
2007 was a watershed year for green cleaning in Madison. Not only did the Monona Terrace receive its well-earned LEED-EB certification, but also the City of Madison’s commitment to The Natural Step program moved from the theoretical to the practical. A Green Clean project team set as its charter the goal to have all buildings operated by the Engineering Department, Water Utility and Public Library green cleaned, a goal that was attained that year. Staffs at the above agencies have been trained in the purchase and use of the proper materials. In late 2007, Green Cleaning went citywide when the mayor issued an Executive Order “Green Cleaning APM”, which requires all agencies to practice green cleaning.
The City of Madison Purchasing Department completes the picture for green cleaning. They organized an exhaustive interview and bid process with a number of vendors to determine the best products and the most committed vendors, and eventually awarded a three-year purchase contract to Kranz Incorporated. Kranz has been a vital link in the green clean chain. From product samples to training sessions, they have demonstrated why they won the contract to provide green cleaning materials in a streamlined purchasing process.
The Natural Step encourages “fast cycle change”, and great credit goes to all those involved who made sure that environmentally sound custodial practices became a reality at so many City facilities in such a timely manner.