Sustainability in the Residence Halls
Awards and Recognition

Maryland’s Department of Residential Facilities has the first university housekeeping program in the nation – and one of only 12 cleaning organizations in the U.S. and Canada as of Fall 2009 – to have been awarded the first Cleaning Industry Management Standards Green Buildings (CIMS – GB) certifications with Honors by the International Sanitary Supply Association.

The few CIMS-GB with Honors certified organizations meet 100% of the mandatory elements and 85% of the recommended elements of the CIMS standards associated with work procedures, staffing, quality control measures, employee training, and purchasing. The cleaning certification indicates “a commitment to delivering environmentally preferable cleaning services” and is akin to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for operations and maintenance of existing buildings.

The University of Maryland is among just five U.S. colleges and universities that had achieved CIMS certification by Fall 2009, along with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Texas Christian University, University of Georgia, and University of Michigan. Maryland is the only one of these institutions to achieve CIMS-GB certification.