The Healthy Green Schools & Colleges self-assessment is a no-cost tool that lets you measure your facilities’ indoor air quality and sustainability performance against a national standard. Taking the test will identify specific opportunities for improvement and low- or no-cost steps you can take to raise your score in procurement, facility operations, and building systems maintenance. Here are a few additional ways the self-assessment results can be used to improve your facilities.
Five Ways the HGSC Self-Assessment will Help Advance Your Institution’s Health and Sustainability Goals
How to Prepare for the Healthy Green Schools & Colleges Self-Assessment
Anyone interested in learning more about or joining the Healthy Green Schools & Colleges program will benefit from taking the HGSC self-assessment. School districts and universities that complete the assessment will receive key information on which HGSC standard criteria their institution already complies with as well as areas in which the institution needs to improve in order to meet certification thresholds.
Funding Opportunity: DOE’s New “Renew America’s Schools” Grant Program
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a new funding opportunity for K-12 public schools to upgrade infrastructure in their facilities, including for energy and HVAC improvements.
Three Simple Ways to Improve School Indoor Air Quality
Improving indoor air quality in schools is not an all-or-nothing proposition. These are a few measures that can dramatically improve school indoor air quality without requiring a full infrastructure overhaul.
It’s Time to Lift Up Our Most Essential Workers: School Custodians
Our school custodians and facilities teams have always had the challenging job of cleaning up messes while protecting public health. During the pandemic, we have been asking school custodians to show up day in and day out to protect us all against COVID-19. We ask them to don PPE and enter classrooms where known cases
Educational Facilities Managers Reflect on the Most Challenging Year
Steering Committee Members Share Lessons Learned from 2020 The educational facilities managers interviewed for this article have led their schools and universities through many tough times in the past, with a commitment to green and healthy cleaning that has led the field. But there has never been a year like 2020, where the global COVID-19
Presenting the Healthy Green Schools & Colleges COVID Resource Center
In the 2020-21 school year, facility managers at schools and colleges across the country have more responsibility—and more attention—than ever before. For years, we have known that our custodial teams are the protectors and ambassadors of public health educational facilities far and wide. But now, more than ever before, that role is in the spotlight.
A Vast Majority of Schools and Universities Are Implementing Green Cleaning
Cleaning programs are a critical part of school and university efforts to provide students and staff with the opportunity to learn and work in a healthy, safe place. In order to better understand what schools are doing and determine the type of resources and tools schools need, we partnered with ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry
How We Grew the Green Cleaning Movement in 2018
This was an exciting year for our Green Clean Schools program as we considered our progress, highlighted current leaders and thought about the future of the movement. We Recognized Leading Programs The Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities recognizes schools with innovative programs that protect health and the environment while galvanizing the community around
Building a Movement at the 2017 Green Clean Schools Leadership Institute
Our Green Clean Schools program is enjoying a busy summer season. We held our third Green Clean Schools Leadership Institute in beautiful Park City, Utah, July 13-14 and are now gearing up for our Green Clean Schools Track event at ISSA/INTERCLEAN to be held Sept. 11-12. More than 60 Leadership Institute participants spent two packed