The Green Clean Schools tools and resources reflect the input and advice of many people, all dedicated to healthy and green school environments.
In 2015, the Green Clean Schools resource center was developed to support schools and universities in adopting green cleaning programs. This online hub features an array of tools and resources including the Five Steps to Green Cleaning in Schools, an updated and restructured version of HSC’s original guidance document, The Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools. In 2016, a video version of the Five Steps was added. In addition, a number of specialized guides were developed on topics such as integrated pest management and infection control. With the help of the Green Clean Schools Steering Committee, these materials are regularly reviewed and updated.
Rochelle Davis is president and CEO of Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC), an independent nonprofit that advocates for policies and practices that allow students and staff to learn and work in a healthy school environment. Rochelle was founding director of Generation Green, a national membership organization that works on children’s environmental health issues, and she has more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience. Rochelle served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Committee for the Protection of Children’s Health. She co-authored Fresh Choices, a cookbook that explores the relationship between food, the environment and children’s health (Rodale, 2004).
Mark Bishop has more than a decade of experience in advocating for healthy school environments. As vice president of policy at Healthy Schools Campaign he developed training programs and tools for school stakeholders to advance health school environments. He was instrumental in the development of greencleanschools.org and has run professional development programs for school facility directors and school nurses. He has also successfully advocated for state level policies around green cleaning, school health and chronic absenteeism.
The Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools
The original version of the these resources was The Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools, written by Steve Ashkin and David Holly. This guide was developed in 2006 and originally distributed as a cd-rom. Over 150,000 copies were distributed.
Stephen P. Ashkin
Stephen P. Ashkin is president of The Ashkin Group, a consulting firm specializing in greening the cleaning industry, and executive director of the Green Cleaning Network. He is well known throughout the professional cleaning, education, healthcare and building management industries as the “Father of Green Cleaning.” He has played a pivotal role in setting industry standards, promoting environmentally preferable products and advocating for socially responsible practices.
David Holly spent more than 25 years in the cleaning industry including as vice president of a regional janitorial services company, director of sales and marketing for S.C. Johnson Professional, and marketing director for Multi-Clean. He coathored The Business of Green Cleaning and Green Cleaning for Dummies. David Holly passed away in 2017.
Healthy Schools Campaign would like to acknowledge the following parties for their assistance and expertise:
- Thomas Barron, Civil Engineer, Lafayette, CA for the information in “Common Hazards in Janitorial Projects” from the Janitorial Products Pollution Prevention Project.
- Tolle Graham, Healthy Schools Coordinator for Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety for her support and for the use of the Sample Healthy Cleaning Policy for Massachusetts School Districts.
- Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center for the use of the Explanation of Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and the Sample MSDSs that were excerpted from the “Buy Clean Initiative Training Manual for Eastern Kentucky School Districts” through funding from U.S. EPA Region 4.
- Ruth Kerzee, Director, Safer Pest Control Project, for content on Integrated Pest Management.
- Inform Inc. for Cleaning for School Health: Asthmagens in Institutional Cleaning Products and information on disinfectants.
- National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities for Do School Facilities Affect Academic Outcomes?, Mark Scheider 2002.
- New York State Office of General Services for the use of the Cost Calculator that was developed as part of the State’s “Green Cleaning” legislation for school districts statewide.
- Office of the Environmental Executive for the pollution prevention calculator.
- Mark Petruzzi, formerly vice president of Green Seal, for technical assistance, use of various definitions and documents.
We would also like to acknowledge the following individuals for additional input and support:
- Darryl Alexander, Occupational Health & Safety Coordinator, American Federation of Teachers
- Jim Bruno, Marketing Manager, Rochester Midland
- Scot Case, Founder, Responsible Sourcing Solutions, Reading, Pennsylvania
- Paula De Lucca, Chief Operation Officer, Archdiocese of Chicago Food Service
- Eva Detloff, Nursing Supervisor, Barrington School District 220, Illinois
- Vince Fagan, Vice President, Fagan Solutions, Inc.
- Jerry Goldman, National Sales Manager, PortionPac Chemical Corporation
- Kevin Greene, Manager Office of Pollution Prevention, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Springfield, Illinois
- Ed Grotte, Director of Buildings and Grounds, Flossmoor School District 161, Illinois
- Rick Hoverson, Advanced Vapor Technologies LLC
- Lauren Hummel, Director of Food Service at Illinois Township High School District #211
- Marvin Klein, President, PortionPac Chemical Corporation
- Tommy Little, Manager of Building Services, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Thomas L. Malamos, Indoor Air Quality Manager, Naperville School District, Naperville, Illinois
- David A. Mathis, Segment Manager-Institutional, Rubbermaid Commercial Products
- Russ Maziarka, Marketing Manager – On-Premise Laundry, Ecolab, Inc.
- Chris O’Brien, Director, Responsible Purchasing Network, Center for a New American Dream, Takoma Park, Maryland
- Margie Saidel, Compass-USA
- Todd R. Schaeffer, Vice President & General Manager, Activeion Cleaning Solutions
- Lynne Sehulster, PhD, M(ASCP), Prevention and Response Branch Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Libby Sommer, Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics, US EPA
- Maryann E. Suero, Ph.D., Children’s Health Program Manager, US EPA Region 5
- Peter Teska, Category Manager for Building Care, Diversey Inc, North America
- Bill Thompson, Director of Facilities Management for Lockport Township High School
- Christopher Vuturo, Manager Ext. Relations, P&G