DEP Reaches Out To Jacksonville’s Community – Teaches Environmentally Friendly Job Skills

July 2, 2010 at 10:10 am 1 comment

Sheena Chin from DEP's Northeast District teaches Green Cleaning Skills

One easy way to promote green cleaning habits is to teach a class. Last week, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection provided hands-on green cleaning training to students enrolled in the Clara White Mission’s janitorial services job-training program.

The Clara White Mission partners with businesses and local community organizations to reduce homelessness through advocacy, housing, job training and employment. In 2008, the mission started a Janitorial/Environmental Services Training Program to train people for work as housekeepers and janitors in the hospitality industry. Since its inaugural course, the mission has invited DEP to enhance the program by providing information about green cleaning. 

A green cleaning program is a complete approach to cleaning that examines the entire cleaning process. Programs assess space, products and work practices to maximize cleanliness while reducing unnecessary employee, staff, patient, visitor and environmental exposure to hazardous chemicals. In addition, green cleaning focuses on improving indoor air quality, reducing water pollution and encouraging recycling.

To complement the informational component of the green cleaning training, DEP also provided students with green cleaning kits containing microfiber cloths, environmentally friendly cleaning products and directions for creating their own green products.

As the students join the workforce, their green cleaning skills help increase green cleaning practices in the businesses and industries for which they work.

To get started on a green cleaning course, invest in a microfiber cloth and experiment with mixing your own green cleaners.

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