Posts by Renae Hesselink

Join Us On The Energy Efficiency Journey

No matter where you are at in your organization’s sustainability efforts, it is a journey and there is always an opportunity for continuous improvement. Nichols started our energy efficiency and LEED journey in 2007 at our Norton Shores headquarters and main distribution center. We began with a lighting upgrade from metal halide to 6-lamp florescent [Read More…]

Learn From a Leader

Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) Custodial Team was recently recognized with the 2018 Green Cleaning Award presented by Healthy Schools Campaign and American School & University Magazine. They took the grand award in the higher education category. GVSU is based in Allendale, Michigan and serves approximately 25,000 students.  The custodial team is responsible for cleaning [Read More…]

Industry Leadership, It’s Sort of a Big DEAL!

ISSA Recap Nichols has been an ISSA member for many years, and each year our team members participate in the convention. There we learn about the upcoming programs and innovative products by our strategic suppliers. Nichols also enjoys the opportunity to stay involved with the ISSA team.  The programs that this organization creates are completely [Read More…]

Managing a Successful Cleaning Organization Is No Easy Task

ISSA’s (International Sanitary Supply Association) Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) and CIMS-GB (Green Building) criteria describe the procedures and principles to be considered when designing and implementing quality management/environmentally preferable programs for cleaning organizations or departments.  CIMS was developed through a consensus-based process and provides the framework to assist cleaning organizations develop a customer-centric, quality [Read More…]

Why Do We Do It?

Nichols has just completed our review from our first year being involved in the ISSA DEAL Pilot program.  ISSA (International Sanitary Supply Association) the worldwide cleaning industry association, encouraged participation in their Distributor Efficiency Analytics & Learning (DEAL) program and Nichols was selected as one of just 20 companies to participate in the pilot. The [Read More…]

Big News Coming Out of Michigan for Earth Day

This week we are celebrating with several of our customers who have made a major positive impact on the environment and their bottom line!  On Wednesday we celebrated the winners of the 3rd annual Michigan Battle of the Buildings which is a program of our local U.S. Green Building Council Chapter.  Collectively 475 buildings across [Read More…]

How Lean Are Your Closets?

We have visited custodial closets for years, in fact we can’t even keep track of how many we have visited over the years.  A recent article published by ISSA (International Sanitary Supply Association) titled “Whats in Your Custodial Closet” inspired us to write about our experience with touring custodial closets. Awhile back one of our [Read More…]

Green Disinfectants

As you may recall a number of years ago the EPA Design for the Environment launched a pilot program to review disinfectants that could be classified as “green”.  A hand-full of products were authorized as such under the Dfe label and you an find that list here. Since we have had a few requests lately [Read More…]

Can You Manage What You Don’t Measure?

You have to admit that the green building movement has definitely put some pressure on formalizing cleaning programs and forcing some measurement of success.  A number of years ago we put in place a tool to help us pull data from our enterprise system and create a report that allows us to help customers measure [Read More…]