The Greening of Corporate America

June 1, 2007
ServiceMaster Clean takes commercial cleaning eco-friendly

There is a Native American saying that states, "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children." And yet for many lifetimes, we avoided the future implications of fossil fuel usage, poor waste management and how products biodegrade (or don't) as well as taint our water supply.

Reducing our "eco-footprint" and the greening of America are terms that are becoming more and more prevalent in today's media. And for good reason - we finally understand how our actions impact our environmental, the health of our world, and what we are leaving behind for our children.

Large, well-known companies like Wal-Mart, General Motors ("Think Green Go Yellow") and even Google are taking the green movement very seriously. From reducing their carbon emissions to developing stringent waste management programs to improving energy efficiency, they are quickly becoming the benchmarks for how to be a green company.

Honoring our pledge of good stewardship, ServiceMaster Clean now offers environmentally-conscious green cleaning options. Green cleaning isn't just associated with corporate responsibility and environmental protection; it's linked to healthier buildings, improved indoor air quality as well as reduced sick day absences.

ServiceMaster Clean takes a multi-faceted approach to green cleaning. It's not just about using green products (although ours are certified by four of the leading certification bodies: Green Seal, Environmental Choice, Envirodesic and European Ecolabel), it is also about the equipment used and the entire cleaning process.

By developing proprietary green cleaning systems that also comply with U.S. Green Building Council LEED guidelines, ServiceMaster Clean is able to capture dirt and debris and remove it, leaving behind a healthier workplace environment and improved indoor air quality.

"Green cleaning is a perfect fit with the core values of our business," states Gary Bauer, Vice President of Business Services. "Not only does it support our principles of environmental stewardship, but green cleaning allows us to really partner with our customers for the benefit of the employees and customers in their workplace, our own employees who clean the facility, and our great world."

And it's not just big business embracing this trend. Property management companies, healthcare and educational facilities, government agencies - really, all industry types - are seeing the intrinsic value of implementing green programs. "I like knowing that we are creating a healthier environment on the inside of our customers' building, as well as the outside," states Rich Emery, Owner of ServiceMaster Green. "What's more, we provide the same, if not better, level of cleanliness. These are things that not only our customers appreciate, but their own customers who walk through their doors as well."

In short, ServiceMaster Clean is committed to creating a more sustainable future - for our customers and for our world.

For more information about green cleaning, call 1-877-GREEN13 or visit

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