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ISSA, GBAC & GP PRO partner to provide the GBAC STAR Grants Program

To help facilities achieve a higher level of clean, ISSA and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, have partnered with GP PRO, a division of Georgia-Pacific and a leading provider of advanced dispensing solutions for commercial facilities, to launch the GP PRO GBAC STAR Grants Program. The program offers GBAC STAR facility accreditation grants to qualifying public and commercial facilities committed to enhancing cleaning, disinfection and infection prevention efforts that protect the health and safety of employees and guests. 

 “The demand for GBAC STAR continues to grow, and we want to ensure every facility has access to the necessary tools and knowledge to prepare for, respond to, and recover from biorisk situations,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “This strategic partnership will enable facilities around the world to open their doors with confidence each day.” 

Designed for facilities of all sizes, GBAC STAR accreditation is performance-based and provides the framework for a comprehensive system around cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention. Qualifying grant applicants will connect with GBAC STAR’s team to complete the accreditation program’s 20 key elements. Facilities that have committed to and achieved GBAC STAR accreditation are featured in GBAC’s Facility Directory, a public and searchable online tool of accredited facilities around the world.   

“GP PRO has a long and successful history of developing innovative solutions that help facility managers and cleaning professionals meet and exceed customer expectations. Never has this been clearer than over the past 10 months, as we have worked alongside these individuals as they’ve adapted and elevated their hygiene readiness and productivity,” said Michael Slawson, vice president of Connected Solutions at GP PRO. “We see the GBAC STAR program as a natural extension of the work we’re already doing, and we’re excited to collaborate with ISSA and GBAC to help the cleaning industry improve cleaning and disinfection efforts today, tomorrow, and well into the future.” 

In addition to helping to offset the costs of GBAC STAR accreditation, the grant allows facility managers to apply for a free trial of the KOLO Smart Monitoring System cleaning task management software (Basic plan), which uses data-driven cleaning to help boost hygiene and custodial efficiency. 

“This pandemic has forever changed the way the world views cleaning, as well as how facilities approach cleaning and disinfection practices,” said ISSA Executive Director John Barrett. “As an association dedicated to advancing the world of cleanliness, the GBAC STAR Grants Program allows more facilities to discover the benefits that formal accreditation brings to their cleaning operations, their brand reputation, and their bottom line. We thank GP PRO for its support to make this opportunity available.”  

To apply for the GBAC STAR Grants Program, or for more information, visit  go.issa.com/gppro-gbac-star-grant/