Rentokil Associate Strives to be Green

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Rising environmentally friendly and green initiatives lead Rentokil colleagues to become more knowledgeable, and certified, for what the public wants and needs.

LEED certified
We service more and more buildings that want to become LEED certified, and I thought it would be important to learn the process, and how pest control could help organization leaders achieve this goal.

In early September, Tim Larson, Corporate Quality Assurance Manager, Rentokil North America, became LEED GA certified. LEED, an internationally recognized organization for green building, stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, with GA representing Tier One, a Green Associate. By passing this exam, Tim proved that he possesses the knowledge and skill to understand and support green design, construction and operations. He will continue to expand his knowledge by earning 15 continuing education hours every two years.

“We service more and more buildings that want to become LEED certified, and Chris Arne PhD, Technical Director, and I thought it would be important to learn the process, and how pest control could help organization leaders achieve this goal,” says Tim.

Past Tier One certification are Tier Two and Tier Three, all three Tiers being completely voluntary. Tier Two, an AP (Accredited Professional), can specialize in one of five segments after passing additional exams: Operations and Maintenance, Interior Design and Construction, Homes, Building Design and Construction and Neighborhood Development. Tier Three has LEED AP Fellow credentials, and this requires a nomination by peers and 10 years of green building experience.

“Our message through IPM (Integrated Pest Management) and my LEED credentials is to welcome clients who want to achieve LEED certification, because our IPM programs are suited for a LEED program. We only use products in the San Francisco Reduced Risk pesticide list. We emphasize the elements of IPM through using the knowledge of what pests need to live. If we reduce the opportunity for insects to enter a building (i.e. reducing food, reducing entries, helping the facility with their sanitation processes), we will achieve our - and their - goals without the use of pesticides in many cases, which helps the facility gain points to becoming a certified LEED building,” explains Tim.

LEED projects have been successfully established in 135 countries. International projects, those outside the United States, make up more than 50% of the total LEED registered square footage. LEED unites us in a single global community and provides regional solutions, while recognizing local realities.

Throughout North America, Rentokil operates Ehrlich in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, Presto-X in the Midwest, Rentokil in Canada and Tetengo in Mexico. With over 80 years of experience, Rentokil NA has been providing Integrated Pest Management solutions to businesses and homeowners. Whether you run a local business, or oversee multiple facilities across North America, Rentokil uses innovative methods to solve and prevent your pest problems. We offer several unique pest control services, including: Commercial and Residential Pest Control Services, Bed Bug Control Services, Termite Control Services, Bird Control Management Vegetation Management and Bioremediation Services.

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