Online Calculator Helps Purchasers Quantify the Benefits of Green Cleaning
A new tool is now available to help purchasers of janitorial products and services quantify the benefits of using green cleaning products and methods. The tool, EPA’s Green Cleaning Pollution Prevention Calculator, is applicable to typical office cleaning scenarios, but excludes pest control, landscaping, and building maintenance applications.
The calculator is targeted towards federal environmental, health, and safety managers; sustainability coordinators; facility supervisors; and office managers; as well as state and local entities.
Visitors can input the following information into the calculator: estimate of carpeted area of the building, estimate of hard floor area, types and annual amounts of cleaning products currently used (in pounds), current cleaning product handling and mixing practices, and changes to janitorial product use and cleaning practices that have been made or could be made. Use default settings if specific building data are unavailable. The calculator estimates reductions in total product use and hazardous chemical use for each specified scenario.
Check out the Green Cleaning Pollution Prevention Calculator at www.govinfo.bz/5969-126.