Our shared vision here at Saint Michael's College is to take meaningful steps toward preserving, protecting and enhancing natural resources while providing a healthy learning environment. Custodial Services, under the leadership of Brian Biron, is taking the lead toward green initiatives and environmental stewardship.
Green Cleaning Products
Custodial Services has initiated a new comprehensive program in each of the college's buildings using a new line of environmentally preferred & eco-label certified clean products that directly contribute towards a cleaner environment through reduced toxicity, improved indoor air quality and worker safety while providing a healthier enviroment for our employees, students, staff and visitors.
The majority of the cleaning products Custodial Services uses to maintain bathrooms, carpeting & floors are biodegradable, non-toxic and phosphate-free. They are also free of chlorine bleach, ammonia and petroleum by-products. These products are also certified by an independent 3rd party organization, such as Green Seal and Environmental Choice. Saint Michael's College uses Clean by Proxy, which in addition to being Green Seal certified, has also replaced the use of 5 additional cleaning products (reducing the amount of materials from the waste stream)!
Custodial Services is looking to continue expanding with more green products!
We encourage focusing on the 3Rs (Reduce-Reuse-Recycle), which also includes "closing the loop" by adopting a policy whereby there is a commitment to purchase paper products made with 100% elemental chlorine-free recycled fiber content.
Custodial Services also tried a new mop made by LEEF. These mops are made from recycled plastic bottles. Custodians like the new mop so much, the department plans to replace existing old mops with these new ones!