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Demystifying Sustainability Buzzwords

April 27, 2022 by  
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Demystifying Sustainability Buzzwords Navigating environmental sustainability lingo for commercial buildings.  Establishing sustainability programs have become a key factor for many businesses, as they respond to increased awareness about the environmental impact on public health, as well as growing consumer and employee expectations for corporate accountability. The sustainability industry, however, can be mired with ineffective practices and unclear jargon — confusing for those looking to Read more [...]

Is Omicron changing the rules of COVID-19 contagion?

Is Omicron changing the rules of COVID-19 contagion? What you need to know about protecting against the new virus strain The new Omicron sub-variant, BA.2, is rapidly becoming the most prominent COVID-19 strain in the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now estimates that BA.2 makes up 35% of all new coronavirus cases. Global health experts attribute this rise to the strain's higher rate of contagion. But why is BA.2 so much more transmissible? Researchers Read more [...]

What it takes to clean an Apollo spacecraft

What it takes to clean an Apollo spacecraft   It's been 50 years after the Apollo 16 spaceship lovingly called Casper landed on the moon, so of course it was due for a little cleaning. Displayed for decades at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the command module capsule had gathered dust and cobwebs, as well as a few objects left behind by visitors before the spacecraft was encased in glass for preservation.   To celebrate the anniversary of its April 1972 Read more [...]

How Cleaning Supports Mental Health At The Office

How Cleaning Supports Mental Health At The Office Mental health awareness in the workplace has increased dramatically in recent years, as behavioral research underscores the connection between mental wellbeing and overall productivity. This importance has only heightened following the COVID-19 global outbreak, which plunged businesses and their employees into cycles of uncertainty. These stressors have only amplified as people return to work in person. As such, creating a supportive mental environment Read more [...]

The COVID-19 Cost of Getting Back To Business

January 31, 2022 by  
Filed under Blog, Environmental Quality, Green and Sustainable

The Cost of Getting Back To Business Amidst the uncertainty during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, business facilities found some relief from the lower operating and maintenance costs of remote work. However, as South Florida increasingly returns to work in-person, offices now face a new landscape of changing costs and challenges. Facilities will need to adapt by budgeting for new normal — including new expenses and upgrades. With this in mind, we explore these new pandemic-related expenditures. Supplies: The Read more [...]

Rising to the Challenge: What to expect in 2022 

Rising to the Challenge: What to expect in 2022  So much of facility management is about embracing change, both brainstorming new innovations and solving problems as they arise. The past two years, however, have moved the usual challenges in our industry into high gear. As we prepare to pivot towards 2022, we take time to look back at the most urgent issues that shaped 2021, and examine how they may evolve in the year to come.  Price Hikes: Prices exponentially rose across the board this year. Read more [...]

The Future of Green Cleaning Amidst COVID-19

The Future of Green Cleaning Amidst COVID-19 This past year facilities faced two major global pressures: the ongoing challenges of COVID-19 pandemic and the looming environmental crisis. From its inception, the U.S. Green Building Council has tackled these issues head on, becoming a leading champion for both public health and environmental concerns by providing industry-wide standards through its influential Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. In the Read more [...]

Debunking the Hygiene Theater Behind COVID-19

Debunking the "Hygiene Theater"  Dismantling the questionable disinfection practices that emerged during COVID-19  It's been nearly two years following the outbreak of COVID-19. Yet we won't soon forget those early fearful weeks of the pandemic. The public became overwhelmed with questions about how best to combat the spread. This was the time when authorities were misting entire streets in disinfectant fogs, and shoppers considered whether to disinfect all their fruits and vegetables from Read more [...]

The unexpected health benefits emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic

September 3, 2021 by  
Filed under Blog, Environmental Quality, Green and Sustainable

  The unexpected health benefits emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic Nineteen month since the outbreak of COVID-19 (but who is counting), so much of public life has turned upside down — dramatically transforming how we share spaces together. However, the pandemic has also been a revelatory experience when it comes to health awareness. More than anything else in recent memory, the virus outbreak highlighted the importance of public health practices. This has led to many positive trends in Read more [...]

Why are prices so high right now in the cleaning industry?

Why are prices so high right now in the cleaning industry? Whether at the gas pump or the supermarket, have you been suffering from sticker shock recently? From computer microchips to cereal, prices are rising across the board for both commercial and retail consumers, affecting a multitude of products. A recent report from the Labor Department says consumer prices rose 5% for the 12-month period ending in May. This marks the sharpest increase recorded since August 2008 during the Great Recession. The Read more [...]

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