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ISSA/INTERCLEAN Adds Sessions to Promote Greener Educational Facilities

Northbrook, Ill. — School-based facility service providers will have new opportunities in education and training at the ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2016 and ISSA Convention in Chicago, Ill., Oct. 25-28. The show, hosted by ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and its trade show partner, Amsterdam RAI, features an entirely re-imagined, more engaging lineup to help school-based facility service providers unleash their “untamed potential.”

This year’s program offers more than 60 sessions — including new flash sessions, workshops, panel discussions, and in-depth seminars — to assure attendees keep up on the latest industry trends. This year’s lineup will help school-based facility service providers:

  • Learn environmentally friendly means of maintaining a clean school
  • Discover new green infection and germ cleaning methods
  • Track and monitor a green program for necessary improvements
  • Motivate everyone in the school to transition to green cleaning.

In addition to the three ISSA keynote speakers, this year’s program includes ISSA Feature Speaker Ryan Estis, who will present Managing Breakthrough Performance in the New Economy on Tuesday, October 25, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Estis is a top professional, leader, and consultant, who will show attendees new ways to improve business practices.

To further engage attendees interested specifically in green tactics in school environments ISSA, in partnership with Healthy Schools Campaign, has developed a series of green cleaning educational sessions and ISSA and the Green Sports Alliance also are hosting a regional greener cleaning workshop in conjunction with ISSA/INTERCLEAN.

Green & Education Session Highlights

Below are a few of this year’s educational highlights specifically tailored to school-based facility service providers.

Green Cleaning in Schools: Leading the Way for Children’s Health
Speaker: Rochelle Davis & Mark Bishop
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
This session will provide overviews of the benefits of green cleaning in school settings as well as the 5 Steps to Green Cleaning in Schools.

Green Cleaning in Schools: Taking Stock, Assessing Your Program
Speaker: Jodi Krause
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Based on Step 1 of the 5 Steps to Green Cleaning in Schools, this session will include how to conduct an assessment and make data-driven decisions to improve your green cleaning program.

Green Cleaning in Schools: Learning From the Leaders
Speaker: Pat Pizzo & Kimberley Thomas; Mervin Brewer & Shawna Cragun
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.; 2:15 p.m-3:00 p.m.
Join two award-winning school facility managers as they share their experiences developing and creating assessments to help improve their cleaning programs.

Green Cleaning in Schools: Green Products, Equipment, and Supplies How Do You Choose?
Speaker: Roger McFadden
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 1:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Based on Steps 2 and 3 of the 5 Steps to Green Cleaning in Schools, this session will cover the industry shift toward sustainability, the benefits and limitations of certification programs, and healthier and more sustainable products for your cleaning program.

Green Cleaning in Schools: Supporting a Well-Trained and Engaged Workforce
Speakers: Lucas Wendt
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 3:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
Based on Step 4 of the 5 Steps to Green Cleaning in Schools, this session will include strategies to organize your training programs and universal principles that every manager should be following.

Green Cleaning in Schools: Engaging the Whole School
Speakers: Tracy Enger & Gene Woodward
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Based on Step 5 of the 5 Steps to Green Cleaning in Schools, this session will provide strategies to ensure a successful green cleaning program by engaging with school administrators, teachers, parents, and more.


This year will also include workshops—half-and full-day hands-on opportunities—to learn skills, such as floor and restroom care, customer service, supervisor, and auditing, many of which include certification. These are a few of the many workshops available:

CITS: Accredited Certification Trainer Workshop—Part 1
Speaker: Jim Peduto
Tuesday, October 25, 1:15 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Differentiate yourself from the competition and raise professionalism for the industry as a Cleaning Industry Training Standard (CITS) Accredited Certification Trainer (A.C.T.). In this workshop, you’ll master adult learning best practices and the principles of effective training for the cleaning industry. (Part 2: Wednesday, October 26, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

CMI Hard Floor Care Certification
Sponsored by Tennant Co.
Speaker: Marion W. Ivey
Wednesday, October 26, 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Think there’s nothing new in hard floor care? Think again. In this session, you’ll hear a high overview of hard floor surfaces and current trends. You’ll leave with a CMI Hard Floor Care handbook and an opportunity to take an online exam to earn certification. Plus, this course will carry an ISSA Cleaning Industry Training Standard (CITS) designation toward the CITS Master’s program.

CMI Supervisor— Part 1
Speaker: Mickey Crowe, Brant Insero, and Marion W. Ivey
Thursday, October 27, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Are you interested in advancing your career? If so, then this course is for you because it provides an overview of major supervising and management topics, including employee engagement, progressive discipline, and what qualities you need to be a leader. You will leave the course with a CMI Supervisor handbook . Plus, this course will carry an ISSA Cleaning Industry Training Standard (CITS) designation toward the CITS Master’s program. (Part 2: Friday, October 28, 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.)

For the full listing of this year’s education offerings and to register for ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America 2016, visit