Category Archives: February 2012

Cleaning Without Chemicals

The professional cleaning industry is currently embroiled in a debate about which surfaces actually need to be disinfected, as well as how best to disinfect when it is deemed necessary and how often. But why are these issues so important? We now know that many surfaces that have long been thought to be “hot beds” of contamination may actually need less attention simply because no one ever touches them. On the other hand, other areas that may be overlooked or … Continue reading

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In 1961, Astronaut Alan Shepard was the first American to go into space and orbit the earth for 15 minutes in a Redstone 3 rocket called Freedom 7. After the flight, he said, “It’s a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one’s safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract.” Shepard’s statement is no surprise, as some people have preconceived notions that selecting the lowest bidder will not yield a favorable … Continue reading

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Green-Roof Design

Green roofs are not new, but they are gaining in popularity in the United States. Over the past 30 years, there has been a steady increase in the application of this technology. Rooftop-garden systems help mitigate problems traditionally associated with roofs, such as heat gain and loss as well as stormwater runoff. During the summer months, for example, a rooftop absorbs and radiates heat from the sun, creating higher air-conditioning costs. In winter, heat escapes through the roof. The plantings … Continue reading

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Spring Training For Fields

While the pitcher is kicking at the dirt on the mound, wondering what to throw next, the batter stands in the box in the ready position. And what about you? As a parks manager, if you’ve done all your work ahead of time, you’re probably out dealing with another facility or field–at least for now. The great American pastime–particularly on the rec level–became what it is because of the hard work of people like you. And without you to lay … Continue reading

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