Association wins honor for 2nd straight year
ISSA has been awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award for the second year in a row.
The award reflects ISSA’s dedication in promoting the EPA Safer Choice program and its goals of safeguarding human health and the environment and ISSA’s ongoing support of green cleaning products and practices in schools, work places, and communities.
“We are excited and proud that the EPA is recognizing ISSA as a Safer Choice Partner of the Year for the second year in a row,” says ISSA Environmental Services Director William “Bill” Balek. “We will continue to support the EPA Safer Choice, especially as it is a perfect fit with ISSA’s mission to change the way the world views cleaning.”
The award is granted to Safer Choice program participants for demonstrating leadership in furthering chemical safety within the industry through exemplary participation or promotion of the Safer Choice label, which identifies select products with safer chemical ingredients to make the environment a more safe and sustainable place for all.
ISSA will be recognized along with other Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award winners during a public ceremony on Monday, May 9 , 2016, at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.
Over the years, ISSA has worked hard to create awareness and generate demand for green cleaning products and services. The promotion of the EPA Safer Choice program to institutional purchasers, government agencies, and suppliers is a critical component of this effort.
Some of the communications and promotional activities that ISSA has undertaken in support of the EPA Safer Choice program include:
- Advancing the Safer Choice program and environmental protection through sponsorship and promotion of CleanGredients, an online resource featuring ingredients with superior environmental, safety, and health characteristics for use in the production of green cleaning products.
- Promotion of the Safer Choice program (along with other established ecolabels) to industry, institutional purchasers, government agencies, and others.
- Advocating the use of safer surfactants to ISSA’s manufacturer, distributor, and cleaning service provider members.
- Inclusion of the Safer Choice program as a path to compliance with the ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard—Green Building (CIMS-GB).
As the leading association for the commercial cleaning industry, ISSA will continue to work with the EPA to support the Safer Choice program (and other major ecolabels) as part of its ongoing mission to change the way the world views cleaning.