Building Operations and Maintenance

  • Evaluate safer, waste-reducing options for cleaners and solvents. Choose non-hazardous or less-hazardous alternatives.
  • Purchase solutions in concentrate and use refillable applicators.
  • Purchase products in returnable/reusable bulk containers.
  • Use less hazardous cleaning supplies, or contract for cleaning and janitorial services with a vendor who uses non-hazardous or less hazardous cleaning supplies.
  • Purchase or lease cleaning cloths that are washable and reusable.
  • Use cloth roll towels or air dryers in restrooms instead of paper products.
  • Use reusable air filters instead of disposable filters for air circulation systems.
  • Plan purchases carefully to avoid leftovers, particularly harder-to-recycle items such as paint.
  • Use paint that contains fewer VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and heavy metals.
  • Install water-saving devices on toilets, which can save up to 4 litres of water with each flush.
  • Install automatic faucets. Fix leaking faucets.
  • Use high-efficiency fluorescent bulbs.
  • Use motion sensors to turn off lights when a room is not in use.
  • Audit your heating and cooling system for energy efficiency.
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