Greening The Cleaning

Central Association for Blind Helps Westchester County Jail Break Out Award-Winning Greening the Cleaning® Program

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., September 14, 2009 – The Westchester County Jail joins the list of government offices, universities and school districts in New York adopting the award-winning Greening the Cleaning® program with the help of the Central Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI) of Utica, N.Y.

Greening the Cleaning means eliminating to the greatest extent possible, all cleaning agents containing hazardous ingredients and replacing them with naturally-derived ingredients with the least level of toxicity.  One hundred percent of all profits from the institutional products go to The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® supporting education and research to identify, control and ultimately prevent toxic exposures in the environment that threaten our children's health.
 
 "This is a win-win-win for customers, CABVI and for children," said Deirdre Imus, founder and President of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®, (http://www.Imusenvironmentalhealth.org/), part of Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) in New Jersey, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. "It is a win for customers because they eliminate toxins from their workplace, it's a win for CABVI because they employ the blind and visually impaired, and it's a win for children whenever we can help leave a cleaner environment for the next generation."
 
Ms. Imus is a national best selling author.  Her latest book in the Green This! series is The Essential Green You!, Easy Ways to Detox Your Diet, Your Body and Your Life.  Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care, the second volume in the Green This! series, is an essential parent-friendly guide to raising a healthy child in our increasingly toxic environment. Her other bestsellers are Green This!: Greening Your Cleaning, the first in the series, and Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids & Cowboys.

Ms. Imus is also co-founder and co-director of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer (imusranchfoods.com), an authentic 4,000 acre working cattle ranch in northern New Mexico, which provides the experience of the American cowboy to children suffering from cancer and various blood diseases, as well as to children who have lost a brother or sister to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  Recognized in 2006 by Governor George Pataki, Deirdre Imus and the Environmental Center helped usher in "Green Cleaning" Executive Orders in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that require state agencies to reduce or eliminate the use of toxic cleaning agents.  Her testimony before City Hall in New York City also led to new "green cleaning" maintenance procedures at schools. 


New York State mandates that schools purchase green cleaning products under Public Law 409I, and that agencies purchase from preferred vendors under State Finance Law 162.  As part of New York State Industries for the Blind (IBNYS), CABVI is a "preferred source" for all NY state and New York City government services and agencies, as well as all state-funded public school systems. 
 
Tough Against Grime

The line includes floor care products, general purpose cleaners, kitchen and food service cleaners, restroom cleaners and air fresheners.  Greening the Cleaning products may be soft on the environment, but they have proven capable of tackling tough jobs since they were first introduced at HUMC in 2001.  Workers in a range of institutional settings have reported that Greening the Cleaning products work as well or better than the products they replace.  In addition the products meet or exceed the Green Seal, Environmental Choice, ISO 9002 and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design requirements for new and existing buildings.  In addition, HUMC has virtually eliminated related work injuries. (Greening the Cleaning Product Standards)
 
Elizabeth Hendrick, Health & Safety Administrator for the Westchester County Department of Correction, recognized the positive impact of the Greening the Cleaning program and praised CABVI for their help and responsiveness in "greening" housekeeping and maintenance.  "The use of 'green' products in the facility has reduced safety and health risks to our employees as well as reduced the amount of hazardous wastes to be disposed.  Our facility has recently been recommended for national accreditation by the American Correctional Association which cited the cleanliness of the facility in making their recommendation," she said. Some of the products used at the facility include All Purpose Cleaner, Glass Cleaner, Basin, Tub & Tile Cleaner.

CABVI CEO Rudy D'Amico, said, "These are winning products, not just because they are easy to sell but because they are high-quality institutional cleaners.  We also like the fact that purchases support an important children's cause and provide the growth and maintenance of employment opportunity of people who are blind or visually impaired." CABVI has been a distributor of the Environmental Center's Greening the Cleaning® products since 2007. 
 
Inspired by the award-winning institutional program, a household line of Greening the Cleaning (GTC) products is available in stores nationwide, as well as from Imus Ranch Foods.  One hundred percent of all profits from the retail line go to the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit.  The authentic 4,000 acre working cattle ranch in northern New Mexico provides the experience of the American cowboy to children suffering from cancer and various blood diseases, as well as to children who have lost a brother or sister to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). 
                                                                  
ABOUT THE DEIRDRE IMUS ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CENTER:
The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center ® at Hackensack University Medical Center represents one of the first hospital-based programs whose specific mission is to identify, control and ultimately prevent toxic exposures in the environment that threaten our children's health.  The Center’s mission is twofold: to enhance health by educating our children, their parents and the public-at-large about the carcinogens and other environmental factors that occur all too commonly in our lives…and to serve as a voice that can realistically help shape policy decisions that impact the environment and our well being.        
    
The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI):
CABVI provides comprehensive vision rehabilitation programs annually to more than 1100 people who are blind or visually impaired people in an eight county area of upstate New York.   Our mission is to assist people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve their highest levels of independence. We teach independent living skills, orientation and mobility, lessons with assistive technology applications and employment training programs.  Through Central Industries, our manufacturing division that helps support agency services, we employ 167 people, 71 of whom are blind or visually impaired.

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Media Contacts:
                                        
Bonnie Eskenazi                      
The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® 
551-996-8071


Katie Rockwell, katier@cabvi.org
CABVI
507 Kent Street, Utica,NY 13501
315-797-2233 Ext 1296

 

 
 

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