Last year was an impressive year for the Green Cleaning Award. We read through so many wonderful applications from schools that are doing really exciting things with their green cleaning programs. It was the best year we’ve ever had for both applicants and winners. That makes us inspired about the future of green cleaning in schools across America.
From a large public university that is eliminating tons of waste with a simple plan to an urban school district that’s cleaning for health with the support of its school nurses and scientific evidence, the 2014 Green Cleaning Award Winners are truly revolutionizing the way schools are cleaned.
The 2014 Green Cleaning Award Winners
Blue Valley School District, KS: First Place
Clarke County School District, GA, Honorable Mention: New Program
Virginia Beach City Public Schools, VA, Honorable Mention: Sustainability
Higher Education Winners
University of Michigan, MI, Plant Building & Ground Services, First Place
Stony Brook University, NY, Honorable Mention: Evaluation
University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN, Honorable Mention: Sustainability
University of Washington, WA, Grand Award: Green Cleaning Excellence
The Selection Process
A panel of expert green-cleaning professionals chose these schools because they went above and beyond standard green cleaning practices. These winners have innovative programs that utilize healthy and sustainable methods, exciting new technologies and excellent training practices. They also show a strong commitment to both health and sustainability. In addition, these schools have been able to galvanize their communities in the green cleaning process. Each school is providing all students, faculty and staff with a healthy place to learn and work.
The Green Cleaning Award is presented annually by Healthy Schools Campaign,American School & University magazine and the Green Cleaning Network. Winners are judged based on the Five Steps to Green Cleaning in Schools.
2015 Applications Available Soon!
Applications for the 2015 will be available soon. If you want to be first in line to get more information when it’s available, sign up here. For more information check out the American School & University website. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to spotlight your school’s green cleaning program. Learn more about 2014 eligibility, the application process and judging criteria here. We look forward to learning about your green cleaning program!
Stay tuned to learn more about last year’s winners as we release case studies of the winning programs.