Because continuing education and training for both pest management professionals and building managers is essential to protecting against the ever-increasing pest pressures in all building projects, Greenleaf, a leading pest management company serving the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding regions, has developed a new training course, “Integrated Pest Management Plans for All Facilities, Including LEED®,” now available online here.
Ongoing food-poisoning outbreaks and concerns in Canada, occurring at rates higher even than in the U.S., on the one hand, and increased awareness of the adverse effects pesticides have on the environment, on the other hand, has prompted Greenleaf to raise awareness on the importance of establishing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plans for all facilities, including LEED® building projects. The course, a comprehensive 1-hour program addressing PMPs, developers, building owners, management staff and contractors, provides an overview of how IPM suppresses pest populations in a cost-effectively and environmentally-friendly way for all types of facilities.
Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:
In Canada, the U.S., and 148 other countries in the world, LEED certification is the recognized standard for assessing building sustainability and operating performance. Achieving LEED certification is the best way for your building project to be considered truly “green.”
Achieving LEED certification provides a lifetime of returns. Research and case studies have proven that green buildings boost productivity and performance of occupants, increase employee satisfaction, reduce stress and absenteeism, and are a powerful recruitment and retention tool. By incorporating LEED into their building plans, property owners earn a significant competitive advantage – green buildings have a greater appeal to a growing number of corporate, public, and individual buyers – and can obtain higher financial benefits from investing in green building design.
In the newest version of the LEED green building program (LEED v4), IPM takes a role under the following sections:
The course describes in great detail how to develop, implement, and maintain an IPM plan in order to obtain LEED credits for pest control, which is comprised of the following steps:
If you are interested in taking this course, please visit http://aecdai.ly/greenleaf and click on the Education tab. To find out more about common pests in commercial and residential buildings, as well as exclusion and sanitation procedures to keep pests out of your property, please visit http://www.greenleafpestcontrol.com/.
About the Author
Daniel Mackie, co-owner of Greenleaf Pest Control, is a Toronto pest control expert well-known as an industry go-to guy, an innovator of safe, effective pest control solutions, and is a regular guest on HGTV. Mackie, along with business partner Sandy Costa, were the first pest control professionals in Canada to use detection dogs and thermal remediation for the successful eradication of bed bugs. In his free time, he is an avid gardener.