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JWOD Partnership

Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind and Severely Disabled: Green Cleaning in Federal Buildings, (Environmental Preferability):

During 2001 and 2002, a National Industries for the Severely Handicapped affiliated community rehabilitation program, Chimes Inc., began to use environmentally preferable cleaning products in over 20 million square feet of federal office space, improving indoor air quality for as many as 90,000 federal employees in the Washington, DC area. Additionally, the thirteen hundred Chimes employees, no less than 75% of whom have mental or other disabilities, now have a safer workplace due to these green cleaning products which have significantly decreased health hazards. Many other federal, state, local and private entities are following suit. This transition is the culmination of efforts involving as many as ten organizations that worked cooperatively to make these products readily available in the federal marketplace, and that ensured that the products meet newly-adopted, stringent criteria for environmentally preferable cleaning products.

Partnership Organizations:

  • The Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, the independent Federal agency that administers the Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) Program

  • The National Industries for the Blind (NIB), a not-for-profit organization that enhances opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily by creating, sustaining and improving employment.

  • National Industries for the Severe Handicapped (NISH), a non-profit agency creating employment opportunities for persons with severe disabilities

  • Green Seal, an environmentally preferable product certifying non-profit organization

  • Rochester-Midland, Inc., a chemical cleaning product manufacturer

  • St. Louis Lighthouse for the Blind, a NIB-affiliated non-profit agency that employs blind persons making products for federal agencies

  • Eagle Maintenance Supply, a Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) authorized distributor of Skilcraft/Rochester-Midland products

  • Chimes, Inc., a NISH-affiliated community rehabilitation program performing janitorial and other services, for federal and other client properties employing persons with severe disabilities

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics

  • U.S. Department of the Interior, the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance and the National Business Center