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OGS has broken down the creation and implementation of a comprehensive Green Cleaning Program into five steps: groundwork, assessments, planning, implementation, and evaluation. This provides a logical flow from getting you started to a working program. Brief descriptions of each step are provided below and additional details can be obtained by clicking on the highlighted text. Visit the Customizable Documents and Templates section of the OGS website for helpful tools that can be used for each of the five steps.
Note: These steps provide guidance in implementing a Green Cleaning Program and are meant to be used in any manner that best meets your needs, from following every aspect in detail to using only those parts or forms that you deem necessary or appropriate.
  1. Groundwork - The first step is to build a Green Cleaning Team (Team). This should include at least one representative from each of the facility's stakeholder groups. The Team will work to develop a Green Cleaning Program (Program) that meets the needs of the facility and stakeholders, and builds support for the Program.

  2. Assessments - The facility Green Cleaning Baseline Assessment helps the Team compare existing cleaning practices with green cleaning practices, and identifies both strengths and areas for improvement. The Team can use the results of the assessment to identify possible goals and objectives for the Program.

  3. Planning - The core of the Program is based upon the findings of the facility's Green Cleaning Baseline Assessment. From the assessment, the Team needs to do the following: identify and prioritize goals and objectives; identify existing and budget additional custodial resources; produce a written Program; establish a timeline for completion; and seek feedback from facility stakeholders.

  4. Implementation - While implementing the Program, the Team should hold regularly scheduled Team meetings, communicate progress to stakeholders, evaluate progress towards meeting established goals and objectives, and reinforce the importance of stakeholder contribution. In addition, Program implementation may include training. Several on-line training courses are available for use through this website.

  5. Evaluation - The Team should evaluate the Program by measuring its progress against benchmarks set in the timeline for implementation of goals and objectives. This will reveal what parts of the program are on target, and highlight areas that may need improvement. The Team should document the Program's accomplishments and challenges, and update the stakeholders on its progress. Based on the findings of the evaluation, the Team should revise the Program to address needed changes and incorporate new goals and objectives. The updated Program should undergo implementation and be reevaluated after a set period.