Practical Tools + Resources for Schools

These pages offer tools and resources focused on the practical nuts and bolts of green cleaning for schools.

You’ll find resources to prepare your school for green cleaning and details about third party certification to answer the age-old question of whether a product is really green.

With our time-tested 5 Steps to Green Cleaning in Schools, you’ll find a comprehensive guide to green cleaning organized into manageable and easy-to-understand steps, each described in a downloadable guide that you can print and share with others in your school community or on your green team.

When it’s time to consider green cleaning in unique aspects of your school operations such as food service or laundry, our Specialized Green Cleaning Guides offer in-depth guidance. You’ll also find a comprehensive list of additional resources and tools, below, to support your program implementation.

The Green Clean Product Directory spotlights some of the many excellent green products from our sponsors that meet third party certifications.

To continue learning and stay up-to-date, be sure to check out our webinars on hot topics in green cleaning and sign up for the Green Clean Schools newsletter below.

Additional Resources

These tools and resources can support your efforts to go green, with everything from assessment of your current program through promotion of your future program.

Ashkin Group School Facility Audit
Ashkin Group Chemical Inventory Audit
Ashkin Group Janitorial Equipment Inventory Audit
Ashkin Group Products and Vendor Assessment
USGBC’s Sustainable Products Inventory
ISSA’s Cleaning Industry Management Standard for Green Buildings
The Responsible Purchasing Network, Green Cleaning Pollution Prevention Calculator

State Green Cleaning Guidelines
New York

Green Clean University
ISSA’s Cleaning Industry Training Standard (CITS)

Responsible Purchasing Network
EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Design Tools for Schools

Cleaning Product Hazard Information
How to Read EPA Labels on Cleaning Products

Infection Control
Hand Hygiene Handout
CDC Clean Hands Save Lives

Integrated Pest Management
USEPA IPM Principles
Midwest Pesticide Action: Promote Healthy Schools and Childcare Centers

CDC: Laundry – Washing Infected Material

Sample Presentation
Sample Green Clean Presentation

Teaching Sustainability
Earth Day Network Action Toolkit