Skip to main content

CC Recognized for Green Cleaning Initiative

Colorado College has taken a leadership position in sustainable cleaning practices by being named one of only two colleges honored by American School & University magazine, the Green Cleaning Network, and the Healthy Schools Campaign for the 2008 Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities. One winner and one honorable mention award were given in the college category.

CC's custodial department, Sodexo Custodial Services, started going green by reducing chemical inventory, piloting environmentally preferable chemicals, installing better chemical dispensing systems, and using microfiber cloths and mops, which reduced custodial-cleaning water use by about 247,000 gallons per year. The department also reduced the number of cleaning products by half, and currently uses four Green Sealâ„¢-certified core products to perform routine cleaning. Products that are Green Sealâ„¢- certified have a third-party endorsement of environmental responsibility.

"The Green Cleaning Initiative at Colorado College began in the summer of 2006 with the goal of going beyond the 'reduce, reuse and recycle' mindset to a more comprehensive approach integrating all aspects of CC cleaning procedures," according to the application submitted by Karen Hunt, district manager of CC's custodial operations, and Tom Allen, director of CC's custodial operations.

Report an issue - Last updated: 12/16/2020