Be true to your LEED commitment. You will be glad you did. LEED certified buildings are running higher occupancy rates than non-LEED certified buildings. Even in the recession, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rated buildings are selling and selling at higher prices than non-LEED certified buildings.The popularity of LEED buildings is ringing true with tenants, developers and property managers. Despite the recession, the demand for LEED certified space in buildings that adhere to LEED Operations and Maintenance guidelines exceeds supply. Tenants have come to recognize the health impact, improved attendance records and overall attitude benefits that take place in LEED operated and maintained buildings.To increase the wellness impact of LEED certified buildings on occupants, the U.S. Green Building Council has upgraded their tracking procedures and operating guidelines for Operations and Maintenance LEED Accredited Professionals. LEED APs can contribute significantly to the creation of environmentally beneficial cleaning procedures, including implementing the use of green products and green equipment.The consultant can assure that programs are installed that will actually add to the building’s LEED rating. Green cleaning procedures protect the developer’s investment and reap big health benefits to the building’s occupants.When considering your LEED certified building’s new janitorial service, property managers need to set the standards for green building practices. The environmental message sent by managers to tenants, subcontractors and employees is a big step in the right green direction. Property managers should study green cleaning concepts, should insist on the use of only certified green cleaning products, paper products and equipment.Studies show that the little things add up. The launching of an aggressive recycling program permeates through buildings, companies and staff. That is what the green, sustainable effort is all about. When people and programs, like janitorial programs, come together for the common good, everyone wins.