With HSC’s support, schools are cleaning to promote health without harming the environment.
In 2014, we launched the new GreenCleanSchools.org. The website features information and easy-to-use resources from our proven, multi-faceted strategy to ensure green and sustainable cleaning programs for schools across the country.
The site builds on the success of our Quick + Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools, first released in 2006. GreenCleanSchools.org brings all of that useful and informative content -- and more -- online.
Check out the new GreenCleanSchools.org.
Green cleaning protects student, teacher and staff health, while ensuring that buildings are maintained in an efficient and cost-effective way.
Many traditional cleaning products contain chemicals that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, trigger asthma and other respiratory illnesses, and contribute to long-term health problems such as cancer, reproductive disorders, major organ damage, and permanent eye damage. Green cleaning reduces these health risks and can also be a strategy to boost attendance and productivity at school.
To learn more about implementing and maintaining a successful green cleaning program, check out our 2014 Green Clean Schools webinar series.
Meet the newly formed Green Clean Schools Leadership Council! This group brings together award-winning school facility managers to provide innovative and practical green cleaning guidance to schools across the country. The Council will provide up-to-date guidance HSC, and will also provide advice directly to school facility leaders using our new green cleaning assessment tool.
Learn more about the Council and find out how they can help you enhance your school’s green cleaning program.
“By bringing together the Leadership Council, we are able to share the valuable lessons we’ve learned from years of experience in green cleaning,” said founding member Gene Woodard, director of the building services department at the University of Washington. “Sharing these strategies and practical tips creates opportunities for us to grow as leaders and to support other schools on this journey.”
States across the U.S. are adopting common-sense green cleaning laws to promote healthy school environments.
In 2007, HSC led a coalition that successfully advocated for a policy requiring green cleaning in Illinois schools. The state was the second in the nation (after New York) to adopt a green clean schools policy. Now, more than 10 states have laws promoting or requiring green cleaning in schools.
HSC provides ongoing strategy support, technical assistance and an official statement of principles to state advocates who speak up for green cleaning policies. The principles were developed in collaboration with nonprofit advocates and industry representatives.
To learn more about these principles or about support for green clean schools efforts in your state, please contact Mark Bishop.
Thank you to the following organizations for their support of our Green Clean Schools program.
The School Superintendents Association
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
American Federation of Teachers
American School & University
Association of School Business Officials International
Children’s Environmental Health Network
Coalition for Community Schools
Council of Educational Facility Planners International
International Brotherhood of Teamsters – Public Services Division
International Executive Housekeepers Association
ISSA, The Experts on Cleaning and Maintenance
National Association of Charter School Authorizers
National Association of Elementary School Principals
National Association of School Nurses
National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education
National Association of State Boards of Education
National Education Association Health Information Network
National Parent Teacher Association
National School Plant Management Association
Parents for Public Schools
Service Employees International Union
School Nutrition Association
U.S. Green Building Council
Learn more about these organizations.
We want to hear from you! Contact us if you have any questions or comments about our Green Clean Schools program.