Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.
The College has six core values: excellence, integrity, innovation, diversity, stewardship and—sustainability. It was with this value in mind, Montgomery College's Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus completely revised cleaning operations, cleaning techniques and waste reduction becoming the first community college in the nation to be awarded Green Seal certification.
"We now recognize the significant role each custodian plays in protecting the health and well-being of the students, faculty and staff," said Terrence Evelyn, director of facilities on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.
In addition, the College practices environmentally responsible procurement and changed the requirements for communications and training to meet rigorous health and environmental standards.
More specifically, the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus has transitioned to specialized fabrics like microfiber. Procedures were put in place for the application of color coded microfiber cloth to minimize cross contamination. Also, while the College continues to use some EPA-registered disinfectants, they are applied only where they are needed and staff are trained on how and when to use them.