L.A.’s Pilot ‘Green Janitor Education Program’ has Nat’l Potential

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MEDIA ALERT
Media Contact:  Julie Du Brow, USGBC-LA
Julie@dubroworks.com, 310-922-1301 
 
Report Release at Press Conference March 25th:
 L.A.’s Pilot ‘Green Janitor Education Program’ has Nat’l Potential
Speakers from L.A. Mayor’s Office, USGBC-LA, Building Skills Partnership,
SEIU-United Service Workers West, Building Owners & Managers Assn.

WHAT:  Building Skills Partnership (BSP), the U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles (USGBC-LA), the Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Los Angeles (BOMA-GLA), and Service Employees International Union (SEIU)-United Service Workers West will host a press conference on March 25th from 1:00-2:00pm about the GREEN JANITOR EDUCATION PROGRAM’s first report. Los Angeles was selected as the pilot program city, but the program is expected to expand nationally.

The program, through which janitors are certified, provides hands-on energy management and green cleaning training to address Operations and Maintenance practices that enable buildings to meet green performance standards, with special focus on resulting energy efficiency. The program addresses energy efficiency, recycling, waste management, water conservation and other sustainable and green cleaning practices. The pilot program involved eight LEED-certified buildings across Los Angeles, with 126 janitors earning Certification.

WHO:  Event speakers will include Matt Petersen, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Los Angeles; Aida Barragan, Executive Director, BSP; Dominique Smith, Executive Director, USGBC-LA; David Huerta, President, SEIU-United Service Workers West; Michele Ware, BOMA-GLA President; and Ana Velasquez, programCertified green janitor, for DMS at City National Plaza. (English and Spanish interview opportunities available.)

WHY:  Through this program, janitors are earning a seat at the sustainability table alongside building owners and managers, empowering them to actively participate in the goals of the LEED Rating System, with emphasis on energy efficiency and building health. LEED-certified existing buildings require green maintenance and operations practices. Prior to this Program, the janitors, who are at the forefront of building operations, didn’t necessarily understand why certain sustainable procedures or materials were required, or the kind of impact they, as janitors, could have on energy reduction and water consumption—and ultimately, human health—through their work. The program is also an example of social equity where everyone participates in management and maintenance of a building.

USGBC National established a ‘LEED Operations+Maintenance: Existing Building’ pilot credit for building service worker training, adding value to the partnership and program participation, and encouraging other cities to follow Los Angeles’ lead.

WHEN:           Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1:00-2:00pm

WHERE:         Constellation Place:  10250 Constellation Boulevard, Suite 1400, Los Angeles, CA 90067

PARKING:  Parking is validated, please park in the structure for Constellation Place.

PRESS CONTACT: 

Julie Du Brow at Julie@dubroworks.com or 310-922-1301

Late breaking or live news crews please call 310-922-1301.

*English and Spanish interview opportunities from presenting speakers. ###

About Building Skills Partnership

The Building Skills Partnership is a 510(c)3 non-profit collaboration between SEIU-United Service Workers West, janitorial employers, building owners and community leaders. BSP’s mission is to improve the quality of life for low-wage, property service workers and their families by increasing their skills, access to education, and opportunities for career and community advancement and participation. (http://www.buildingskills.org/)

About Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Los Angeles

The Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater LA is a national non-profit trade association consisting of over 300 commercial office building owners throughout LA County. Their mission is to enhance the value of commercial real estate through advocacy, education and professional networking. (www.bomagla.org)

About U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles

USGBC-LA isa501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to creating a prosperous and sustainable future within one generation.Our mission promotes sustainability in LA County’s built environment by delivering access to knowledge,resources,recognition and networking. (www.usgbc-la.org)

About Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West

SEIU United Service Workers West represents more than 40,000 janitors, security officers, airport workers, and other property service workers across California. (www.seiu-usww.org)

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