Kimco Services has completed the requirements for the Cleaning Industry Management Standard - Green Building assessment (CIMS-GB) certification program. In addition, ISSA has granted this certification to Kimco with honors.
CIMS-GB Certification demonstrates that Kimco has undergone a comprehensive assessment by an independent, accredited CIMS-GB assessor, and has successfully demonstrated a commitment to the delivery of environmentally-preferable services that are designed to meet customer needs and expectations. By implementing an effective management framework and green cleaning program, Kimco is positioned to improve operational efficiency and better serve our customers, which naturally leads to more efficient productivity and cleaner facilities.
To become certified, an organization must demonstrate its compliance with the requirements described in the five sections of management best practices that make up the Standard. An independent, accredited assessor conducts an on-site review of the applicant's systems, processes, and documentation to ensure compliance. The organization has to meet 100% of the mandatory elements and 60% of the recommended elements to achieve certification.
Implemented as the sixth dimension of CIMS, the criteria and designation offer cleaning organizations a certification that is closely tailored to provide their customers with precisely what they need to secure points under the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) Green Building Rating System, while greening their overall operations. As such, CIMS-GB certification demonstrates an organization's capability to assist customers in achieving LEED-EBOM points and offers customers assurance that the organization they select is prepared to partner with them in the LEED process. In fact, in November 2013, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) published the newest version of LEED-EBOM (v4) which includes CIMS-GB as a direct compliance option for the new "Green Cleaning Policy" prerequisite, facilities can now either develop and implement a comprehensive green cleaning policy, or simply utilize a CIMS-GB certified cleaning service provider.