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SouthEast LINK Helps Cobb County Schools to Become the First to Adopt Green Cleaning

October 16, 2007
Atlanta-based SouthEast LINK, Inc., the 25-year-old supplier of industrial and commercial janitorial products in North Georgia, announces its implementation of a green cleaning program in the Cobb County Public Schools.


Atlanta-based SouthEast LINK, Inc., the 25-year-old supplier of industrial and commercial janitorial products in North Georgia, announces its implementation of a green cleaning program in the Cobb County Public Schools. “Cobb is leading the way in Georgia schools by using only green sealed cleaning products,” says SouthEast LINK President, Phillip Consolino. “We are pleased that the information we have shared regarding the health advantages of cleaning with products that are environmentally safe will benefit a large population of children and adults-now and for years to come.”

 “Green cleaning removes soils without the use of harmful and potentially toxic chemicals,” explains Jack Adelman, SouthEast LINK Vice President of Education and Training. “When we use green cleaning products, which are safer to touch and breathe, we reduce the release of toxins into the air.”  He further states that sick building syndrome-which results from unhealthy air being trapped indoors-is common in schools, where windows cannot be opened. “We have statistics showing that over ten million school days are lost each year as a direct result of poor air quality making children ill,” he says. “When the indoor air quality improves, attendance goes up and so do test scores.”

 “My grandkids attend these schools,” comments one Cobb County school official. “I want to give them, and all of our children, a healthy learning environment.”

 Of green cleaning’s advantages, inventory reduction is one that SouthEast LINK has made possible for this school system. Three basic green sealed cleaners will replace twelve traditional custodial chemicals. Additionally, they will be properly diluted and mixed through dispensing units. “Before, the janitorial staff had a complex inventory to manage, and they had to be careful in measuring and mixing formulas,” says Adelman. “Now they can work more efficiently without wasting product or worrying about the potential danger to crew members. In effect, we’re saving the taxpayer’s money.”



 “For all these reasons, commercial and institutional customers have shown tremendous interest in green cleaning,” says Consolino. “We welcome their questions because we have all kinds of valuable options to present relative to products and processes.”