With a focus on environment, economy, and equity F & L implements four major sustainable practices. These include vehicle-free contracts, web-based communications, minimal printing on 100% post consumer paper products, and education.
Vehicle-Free. We generally accept contracts with on-site storage capabilities. In seldom cases that this is not available, we will contrive a clustering strategy to align similar contracts in the area. This enables F & L staff to work within a route-driven system that minimizes our carbon footprint.
Web Based Communications. We streamline all communications using the latest technologies to synchronize all websitetraffic with our database. From our employee portal to our client portal, we make it easy to do business with F & L while keeping the environment in mind.
100% Post-Consumer Printing. Our leadership and staff members are held to the green standard for submitting and producing paperwork, which includes front/back printing produced on 100% post-consumer paper. From our business cards to our portfolios, you can rest assured that it has all been through many, many hands.
Education. From the line to the frontline, F & L encourages all our team members to be involved in green practice. Whether it's a breaking news article from the EPA shared in our weekly meetings or leadership attendance at a seminar by the US Green Building Council, we take pride in staying on the leading edge of doing better business with the environment in mind.
Healthy Environment = More Productivity
In sensitive economic and environmental climates, more businesses are learning the benefits of workplace health in relation to efficiency of work productivity. Maintaining the health and appearance of your interior/exterior spaces is an important part of providing a more productive workplace while attracting better business.
Recent studies have shown that buildings that go green have measurable financial gains due to employee health, productivity, and retention as well as lower operating costs and certain government incentives. As more and more businesses benefit from green cleaning, their individual impact grows exponentially to reach a global scale.
Research has shown that facilities that switch to green cleaning have healthier employees, lower operating costs due to federal incentives, and an increasingly positive environmental impact.
Green cleaning is also one of the most efficient ways for managers to promote the health and safety of their workplace, which directly benefits employees and patrons. Additionally, your company can easily earn LEED® points in the process- which is even more incentive!
Healthier Employees = Healthier Profits!
More than 30% of U.S. workers suffer from health problems caused by Sick Building Syndrome. It's become painstakingly clear that many companies are underutilizing their workers as they look to the dry bottom line, which drastically excludes the long-term benefits of healthy maintenance. With only the minor difference of scent vs. odor from traditional cleaning residues or off-gassing, at little or no cost increase, the return on investment for switching to green cleaning is great.
Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) Though the Industrial Revolution has contributed largely to economic prosperity, it has also left many of us with allergies and sensitivities to its mass production of unnatural processes, products and foods. SBS was first identified in the mid-1960s when research revealed that volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from inadequate air circulation, poor lighting, carpets and furniture, mold buildup and fluctuating temperatures were contributing to nausea, skin and respiratory problems, lethargy, and headaches among many more health concerns. Nowadays, many more independent studies have shown that switching to green cleaning leads to reduced employee sick days and absences.
A study by the Indoor Environment Department at the Lawrence Berkley National Design Laboratory (2002, CA) found that indoor air quality improved by implementation of green design. This included building materials and technologies as well as products and practices can lower SBS symptoms by 20% to 50%, while cold and influenza are reduced by 9% to 20%, and allergies and asthma drop by 8% to 25%.
Making a Positive Environmental Impact.
In the short-run there are many direct benefits of switching to green cleaning. In the long-run, there is a greater benefit that the global economy is working towards as a collective. Take a look at these statistics for a moment:
US Commercial Buildings Consume
17% of the water, 33% of the energy, 40% of the raw materials
71% of the electricity
They produce, directly/indirectly
40% of the landfill waste
33% of the carbon dioxide
49% of the sulfur dioxide
10% of the particulate emissions.
It is our responsibility as business owners and managers to switch to green cleaning alongside other green building practices, together we can make an enormous improvement to our overall environment.
Green Studies Resources
Strategy & Society: The Link Between Competitive Advantage and Corporate Social Responsibility, Harvard Business Review, Michael E. Porter and Mark R. Kramer, December 2006
Beyond the Green Corporation, Business Week, January 29, 2007
Going Green at the Office, Time Magazine, June 2007
Creating the Sustainable Workplace, Rob Obenreder, AIA Cornerstone, Winter 2007
Investing In People: The Social Benefits of Sustainable Design, Judith H. Heerwagen, Ph.D.
USA Today article, 10/5/06
Using Awareness in Product Design to Influence Sustainable Behaviour, Roseliek van de Velden, Department of Product Design, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Google, Time Magazine Photo Essays, 2006
How to Effectively Capitalize on the Mature Workforce, www.adeccousa.com http://www.climatecrisis.net/
Global Warming Survival Handbook, David De Rothschild
White Paper on Sustainability, November 2003, Building Design and Construction
"Creating the Sustainable Workplace," AIA: The Cornerstone
"Indoor Air Facts No. 4: Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)," "An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality," US Environmental Protection Agency, 2006