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Green Ribbon Schools Award Highlights CIMS-GB
Green Ribbon Schools Award Highlights CIMS-GB

February 14, 2012 — The U.S. Department of Education recently identified ISSA’s Cleaning Industry Management Standard-Green Building (CIMS-GB) program as a valuable tool in helping K-12 schools achieve the department’s new Green Ribbon Schools Award. The Green Ribbon program recognizes organizations that create healthy and sustainable learning environments in a system modeled after the Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon schools program, which acknowledges academic excellence.

“The recognition by the Department of Education is yet another example of the widespread adoption of CIMS and CIMS-GB as the industry standard,” said ISSA Director of Facility Service Programs Dan Wagner. “Schools that become certified under CIMS-GB now get the benefit of being eligible for public recognition, in addition to providing a safer environment for students.”

Employees of companies who have K-12 educational facility customers striving to create clean and healthy learning environments can become a CIMS “ISSA Certification Expert” (I.C.E). As an ICE, individuals can then help their customers institute an effective management system, as well as develop a comprehensive green cleaning program. In doing so, they can help them increase efficiency, improve operations and save money, as well as prepare them to be eligible for a future Green Ribbon award.

ISSA and the U.S. Department of Education have extensive resources available online to help those who want to learn more about maintaining a clean and safe environment for students.

The U.S. Department of Education is the latest organization to validate CIMS and CIMS-GB value in identifying quality facilities and service providers. Others include: U.S. Green Building Council  Center for Green Schools’ Road Map for a Green Campus, U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s Assistance for the Cleaning Industry, International Facility Management Association, APPA, and The Healthy Facilities Institute.

For more information regarding CIMS and CIMS-GB, contact Dan Wagner at 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800 or visit

CIMS and CIMS-GB are nationally recognized certification programs that provide third-party verification for cleaning operations that seek to develop a comprehensive green cleaning program and offer sustainable cleaning services. The CIMS-GB framework is designed to improve performance in the areas of sustainable product usage, improved occupant wellness, asset preservation, and waste diversion. This all-inclusive green building and service standard provides facility managers, building owners, and service providers a concise framework for identifying and implementing a sensible and measurable green building operating system that is flexible enough to apply to all sizes and type of buildings. For more information about CIMS and CIMS-GB, visit

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