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President's Corner Message: Dr. Pollard Talks About Visit from the Chief of Police, Student Safety, BOT Meeting

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2015

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Faculty Book Event: "Latinos in the Metro Washington Area" Thursday in the Germantown Campus Library

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Focus on Transfer - Information Session on UMBC on Oct. 30

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MC/AFI Film Series Screening of "Detour" Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., AFI Silver Theatre

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Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation Presented at Luis Enrique Concert

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Adult Student Focus Groups to Be Held On All Campuses

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Congratulations Are In Order! MC Is Tops In Building Cleaning

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Category: Features

Published: Oct 27 2015 12:00AM

Earlier this summer, the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus became the first ever community college campus to get the Green Seal Certification (GS-42) for institutional cleaning services. The other two campuses are now implementing similar programs.

Last month, the building services supervisory teams at Rockville and Germantown campuses completed the "green cleaning" training required by the Green Seal - 42 standard. The journey towards certification begins with 24 hours of training for the team leaders who supervise and guide building services staff. The three-day training provides information about the science behind cleaning. It includes methods for effective and efficient cleaning, reducing the use of chemicals, and improving communication between building occupants and the cleaning staff. The training also provides guidance for obtaining GS-42 certification.

The goal for a Green Cleaning Program is cleaning for health, without harming the environment. The use of harmful chemical products is minimized by targeting high use areas; using mats and high efficiency particulate filters to remove dust (instead of just moving it from place to place); transitioning to equipment that uses only water, or specialized fabrics like microfiber, and the application of color coded microfiber cloth to minimize cross contamination. The program uses disinfectants, but applies them only where they are needed and does a better job of training staff on how to use disinfectants. Advantages of a green cleaning program are:<ul><li>Reduced absenteeism due to illness</li><li>Increased productivity</li> <li>Decreased operational costs and,</li><li>Protection of vulnerable populations - custodial staff and building occupants.</li></ul>MC Campus facilities have already started the process of green purchasing, and all three campuses had adopted some aspects of green cleaning. The training program has provided each campus team new ideas, and resources for taking their program further; the teams will write standard operating procedures for cleaning each building on the campus, develop log sheets to track chemical use and equipment servicing.

Names of the MC employees who completed training are below. More photos are on the Green Seal web site: http://www.buildingwellness.com/training/recent_graduates.html .

MC Teams Certified and Year of Certification:

2009-10
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus - Constant Mirand, Norma Salmon, Rodney Boone, James Gilbert, Dwayne Malloy, Subha Rao Ramudu and Terry Evelyn.

June 2012
Germantown Campus- Dianne Carroll, Tommy Adams, Garcia Lyles, Maurice McCambley

Spring 2013
Germantown - Arcangel Alvarado, Cynthia Surber, Vonda L. Wyatt,
Takoma Park/Silver Spring - Rodney Boone

June 2015
Rockville Campus - Eustaquio Padaoil, Manuel Davis, Steven Taylor, Georges Parent, Reginald Cabrera, Mac Clevenger Vance Williams, Marleni Padilla, Priscila Godley, Sharmila Pradhan, Michael Rocke, James Newman

September 2015
Rockville Campus Richard Lee, LaQuise Brown, Juan Escobar, David Bailey, David Mingo, Victor Caamano, Euriel White and Frank Sharpe,

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Congratulations and gratitude to this great team that make our building look magnificent

Posted by: Atul Roy, 10/27/2015 11:01:38 AM

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Congratulations to the TPSS campus facilities department for being pioneers in GS-42!
I also want to congratulate all of the MC facilities staff that have completed the training. I'm implementing "green cleaning" at home and I am proud to have a workplace that has already done it.

Thank you for doing an excellent job in maintaining my campus and the entire college.

Posted by: Eniola Olowofoyeku, 10/23/2015 9:52:35 AM

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Thank you for thorough description of new procedures and materials--and congratulations to all the employees who took on the challenge of taking the training first! Now, I'm learning what I need to change about cleaning at home, also...

Posted by: Laura White, 10/21/2015 2:59:51 PM

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Ditto on what Grace said.Congratulations to all and we do have a beautiful campus and college.

Posted by: Kathy Awkard, 10/21/2015 2:22:40 PM

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Congratulations to all. Just wanted to say thanks for all that you do around the campus. The campus looks lovely.

Posted by: Grace Gourdine_2, 10/21/2015 7:13:23 AM

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