Change is in the air at The University of Toledo. Building Services has become Environmental Services in reflection of a greener and more environmentally friendly atmosphere the department is trying to address campus wide.
“We are trying to do more recycling, from books to computers to cleaning supplies. We are always looking for ways to be environmentally friendly. It just made sense to change the name,” said Arlene Fell, director of environmental services.
Environmental Services has offices on both campuses and previously held the name Building Services on Main Campus and Environmental Services at Health Science Campus. The change also will help unify the offices on both campuses.
Environmental Services is in charge of all housekeeping activities, extermination needs, and removal of trash and recyclables in all campus buildings.
“By going green, the University community will put fewer products into the landfills and help decrease our carbon footprint,” Vice President of Facilities and Construction Chuck Lenhert said. “In most cases, the changes were simple: New cleaning products that are less harsh and more canisters around campus for students and staff to place recyclable materials.”
The University is taking a comprehensive approach to be more environmentally friendly, including the goal for all new construction projects to be LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Environmental Services also participates in the iCARE program at UT Medical Center to provide the best environment for patient care.