Green Ribbon Schools Program Honors Schools and Districts with Awards

Green Ribbon Schools Program Honors Schools and Districts with Awards

Earth Day is a day to inspire conscientiousness surrounding environmental issues and sustainability. With that at the forefront of our minds today, the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) announced its winners. ED-GRS is a program that recognizes schools, districts and institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) that “reduce environmental impact and costs, improve

How to Overcome the Top Three Obstacles to Green Cleaning in Schools

In July of 2015, HSC hosted the first annual Green Clean Schools Summit at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus. In attendance were 90 green cleaning leaders from across K-12 and university communities and the cleaning industry. Almost half of those in attendance represented schools, while the rest of the attendees were from industry, non-profits

New Paper Products Give Schools More Opportunities to Act Sustainably

When it comes to sustainable paper, people tend to think about recycled content. While both purchasing paper with recycled content and recycling are important aspects of any green cleaning program, there’s even more to consider when making responsible paper supply choices. The production process and raw materials can also have significant impact on the environment.

Teaching the Teachers How to Clean for Health

Earlier this year, the National Education Association (NEA) released a cleaning and disinfecting video series. The series includes five short, engaging videos designed to help educators, administrators and other support people learn more about cleaning for health. The topics range from the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting, to choosing the right products, to handling

Guest Blog: Earth Day, Time to Party

Ten years ago when HSC’s President and CEO Rochelle Davis met Steve Ashkin on an airplane, little did we know how much that meeting could lead to changes in how schools clean across the country. Steve has been an environmental leader for over 24 years, and shortly after that meeting, became the primary author of

Silver Nanotechnology Might Be Hot, but is it Healthy?

Recently, the Chicago Tribune published an article that calls into question the sustainability and health risks associated with silver nanotechnology. What’s so important about this article is that it finally asks the question that I’ve wanted answered for years: What are the chronic effects of exposure to products that use nanosilver to kill bacteria? What

Green Cleaning Gets National Attention in Influential CDC Report

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) now includes a chapter on the physical school environment—specifically discussing green cleaning—for the first time ever. Over the years we’ve watched green cleaning grow from a niche practice to an environmental buzzword, steadily gaining recognition for the