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Below are sustainability-related news items throughout the Western Washington University and Bellingham-area. These items correspond to Cleaning.

Chemical-free For A Change

July 12, 2012 |
Cleaning & Maintenance Mangement
One university has made the pledge to their faculty, staff, students and anyone that uses their facilities that they are committed to being chemical-free. Chemicals are everywhere — in the air we breathe, on the food we eat and in the water we drink. It is the thought of Western Washington University (WWU) that they don't need to add to this total with the things used to clean.

WWU custodians to begin cleaning with ionized tap water

July 27, 2011 |
Western Today
Academic Custodial Services at Western Washington University on Aug. 1 will take the next significant step in sustainable green cleaning on campus – using ionized tap water through a new spray bottle device to clean and remove health-affecting bacteria on all cleanable surfaces.

"Using ionized plain water with no chemical additives or cleaning products significantly reduces chemical or cleaning product residues, related odors, reduces costs, and further aligns ACS and Western as leaders in sustainability," said Bill Managan, assistant director of Operations, Facilities Management. He noted that extensive in-house testing verified this cleaning approach, which sanitizes comparably to the green certified chemicals currently in use.

Custodians introduce energy-saving technology: Janitorial services move toward sustainable cleaning techniques

April 22, 2011 |
The Western Front
Western's nationally recognized Academic Custodial Services Department is introducing a new technology to make Western more environmentally friendly.

WWU Wins National Award for Green Cleaning

November 25, 2009 |
University Communications
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University has won the 2009 Green Cleaning Grand Award for Schools and Universities from American School and University magazine, the top award given in the category nationally.

"We're honored to receive this prestigious award and to be recognized as the national leader in green cleaning. We work hard every year to make our cleaning practices more sustainable and environmentally friendly, and are always seeking ways to improve – and I think that shows in awards such as these," said Tim Wynn, WWU's director of Facilities Management. "The hard work of our cleaning staff has really paid off."