JACKSONVILLE? This week, students of Clara White Mission?s
janitorial services job-training program are learning more than
a new skill; they are becoming part of a different ?mission? ?
to green Florida?s future. The Florida Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) is providing hands-on green cleaning training at
the Clara White Mission.
The Clara White Mission partners with businesses and local
community organizations to reduce homelessness through advocacy,
housing, job training and employment. In 2008, the mission started a
Janitorial/Environmental Services Training Program to train people
for work as housekeepers and janitors in the hospitality industry.
Since its inaugural course, the Mission has continued to invite DEP
to enhance the program by providing information on green cleaning.
Five classes later students are still learning these skills.
?Our partnership with the Clara White Mission has been truly
rewarding,? said Director of Sustainable Initiatives Deas Bohn. ?We
are able to help the mission provide students with a unique and
marketable skill as they learn the benefits of green cleaning and to
increase the use of green cleaners in businesses and industry.?
A green cleaning program is a complete approach to cleaning that
examines the entire cleaning process. Programs assess space,
products and work practices to maximize cleanliness while reducing
unnecessary employee, staff, patient, visitor and environmental
exposure to hazardous chemicals. In addition, green cleaning focuses
on improving indoor air quality, reducing water pollution and
To complement the informational component of the green cleaning
training, DEP also provided students with green cleaning kits
containing microfiber cloths, environmentally friendly cleaning
products and ingredients and directions for creating their own green
DEP?s Office of Sustainable Initiatives is comprised of three
voluntary, non-regulatory programs that assist Florida industry and
citizens in protecting the environment. The Clean Marina Program,
the Florida Green Lodging Program and the Sustainable Initiative
staff offer a variety of services including on-site assessments,
consultations, speakers and workshops, all at no cost to citizens or
organizations. The goal of the Sustainable Initiatives programs is
to meet the needs of the present population without compromising
resources for future generations. To learn more about DEP?s
Sustainable Initiatives, visit
For more information on the Clara White Mission, visit