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Published on April 9th, 2009 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

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Florida College Grads Now Cleaning Offices

greenleaf cleaning logoWhile your immediate response to the headline may have been “Yeah, the economy’s tough,” or “Hmmm… they must’ve been English, art history, or film studies majors,” Florida Gulf Coast University graduates Kylee Snyder and Michael Brinkman aren’t cleaning “country clubs, fitness centers, office buildings, restaurants and vacation rentals” because they had no other options. Rather, after winning a university business plan competition in 2007, they invested the $500 prize into a new venture: Green Leaf Cleaning.

Two years later, they’re not only still in business; they’re profitable.

In a brief interview with the Naples (Florida) Daily News, Snyder and Brinkman note that green cleaning isn’t just about jumping on a bandwagon: Snyder notes that their services can contribute to better indoor air quality (and fewer employee sick days), and can also contribute to LEED certification points. In the end, though, their most effective pitch involves cost savings: the two entrepreneurs have made sure to keep prices affordable while maintaining high green standards for their clients, and in their own operations.

While green cleaning itself won’t save the world, Snyder and Brinkman make an encouraging case for the viability of a green collar economy. If health and environmental benefits can go arm-in-arm with profitability, what’s not to like?

Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve covered a green cleaning start-up: check out St. Louis’ Herb’n Maid.



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Jeff McIntire-Strasburg is the founder and editor of sustainablog. You can keep up with all of his writing at Facebook, and at



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    “While green cleaning itself won’t save the world” this statement underlines the hairline fault in western cultural processes.
    Certainly, one small step toward good is not tantamount to a whole journey, yet? much progress is afoot in the land of too much honey and not enough milk.
    It reassures me to note the decisive path to smarter business, and i do believe it will be undertaken by influential people as soon as green is dollar worthy.

    every step counts, every body, every gesture, thank you again.

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