Thursday, October 27, 2011

New green cleaners at RSMAS- Jose Ricardo Reyes

Please see below by Jose Ricardo Reyes, RSMAS Operations manager:

The multipurpose cleaning chemical that we are using at this moment is called Vital Oxide. Vital Oxide (Chlorine Dioxide) is an environmental friendly hospital grade disinfectant that kills microorganisms such as MRSA, Staph and HIV. Approved to be used on food contact surfaces with no rinse. It is non-irritating to the skin, and it is certified by the Public Health and Safety Company.

Vital Oxide can be used on our new RSMAS acquisition “The Electrostatic Sprayer”. Electrostatic sprayers apply an electrical charge to the product as it is sprayed through the nozzle. The charged droplets are attracted to the spray target and are able to wrap around objects, and even overcome gravity, giving a thorough, even coating for the inhibition of cross-contamination. This technique was used by UM doctors while helping out in Haiti after the disaster they had last year, for the disinfestations of clinical spaces and instruments/equipment.

We are also looking into eliminating glass and stainless steel cleaners and substituting them for the Ionators. Ionators Spray bottles work with tap water. An electrical charge is applied to the droplets before exiting the nozzle, and it is through these charged particles that the dirt on the surfaces is broken down, and easy to be wiped off.

A carpet extractor that works with high heat and pressure has been recently purchased, and already being widely used throughout the facilities for all carpet projects we have completed in preparation for the beginning of the School Year. This has allowed us to eliminate the usage chemicals for carpet extractions/cleaning.

Microfiber mopping system will also be implemented. This system will reduce the quantity of water used while mopping and provides a higher absorbency. This will be critical since we are changing our operations to an earlier start time, and will be cleaning common areas while having still some traffic of personnel in the buildings.

More info:
Byoglobe website can be found here.
Infection Control in Field Hospitals after a Natural Disaster(University of Miami in Haiti):

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

8 Green Halloween tips-

8 Green Halloween tips from You may find the article here.

Green Halloween Tip 1: Trick or Treat with Reusable Bags

Green Halloween Tip 2: Make Do-It-Yourself Costumes

Green Halloween Tip 3: Give Eco-Friendly Treats

Green Halloween Tip 4: Walk Instead of Driving

Green Halloween Tip 5: Make Your Halloween Party Eco-Friendly

Green Halloween Tip 6: Reuse and Recycle

Green Halloween Tip 7: Keep Halloween Clean

Green Halloween Tip 8: Keep it Going

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Make a difference- Bring your cup

Cycling to Work

Lead by Manuel Collazo and Jim Happell , encouraging people to cycle to work has been one of the initiatives of the Green Committee.

Green on campus

You pass by everyday and maybe have not noticed them.Here are few of the differences made by the Green Committee; beautification of the campus, recycling and saving energy.