Update: The third public comment period for the Healthy Green Schools & Colleges Standard has ended. Healthy Green Schools & Colleges accepted public comments between August 15, 2022 and August 30, 2022. Green Seal and Healthy Schools Campaign are proposing several improvements to our Healthy Green Schools & Colleges™ standard criteria. These updates are intended
If you have been lucky enough to meet Gene Woodard through your work in school facilities, then you likely already know about his innovative approach to sustainability, health, and safety; his charismatic leadership style; and his vision for the industry. We have been lucky enough to work with Gene for the past 10 years as
Today, Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC) and Green Seal launched a pilot standard for healthy and sustainable school facilities that focuses on measures that can make a big difference without major capital investments. This is the first national standard focused on healthier school facilities, and it is publicly available for any school district or university to
As the 2021-22 school year is underway, we wanted to highlight some of the innovative programs being undertaken by inventive facilities teams in K-12 school buildings and universities across the country. After almost two years of pandemic-related disruptions that have caused school facilities teams to adapt to shifts in building use and infection prevention strategies,
We first met Mervin (Merv) Brewer when he helped the Salt Lake City School District earn the Green Cleaning Award Honorable Mention in 2011 when he was assistant custodial supervisor. He went on to become an integral part of the Healthy Green Schools & Colleges Program as one of our founding steering committee members, bringing
We’ve read the American Rescue Plan and Found Lots of Opportunities for You to Invest in Your School’s Facilities Program The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act provides a whopping $123 billion in flexible funds for school districts across the United States to be spent over the next three school years. This is the largest federal
As we wrap up the second graduation season of the pandemic, it’s safe to say that ceremonies still don’t quite look the way they used to. From socially distanced stadium staging to car parades, the new face of graduation ceremonies have facilities teams working overtime to ensure compliance and safety for students and their families.
By Sara Porter The pandemic has made creating healthy school environments an urgent national priority and brought to light the serious under-investment in school facilities nationwide. But the fact is, even before the pandemic, nearly half of U.S. schools reported indoor air quality problems that put the health of students and staff at
Schools need quick, accessible ways to disinfect shared surfaces without harsh chemicals. The University of Georgia developed a solution.
Studies have shown that the most powerful way to encourage vaccination is through discussions with friends, colleagues and people we trust.