Standard

The First National Standard for Healthy and Sustainable School Facilities Management

Healthy Schools Campaign and Green Seal have developed a draft Healthy Green Schools & Colleges standard for facility management practices for K-12 school districts and higher education institutions.  

 

About the Standard

To support facility management professionals operating with budget limitations, the Healthy Green Schools & Colleges standard prioritizes measures that can make a big impact without major capital investments. The standard was designed in partnership with the award-winning school facility directors on our Steering Committee, who know firsthand what support facility professionals need. The draft, science-based standard has a points-based scoring system and covers the full range of facilities management practices, including:

  • Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Sustainable Purchasing
  • HVAC and Electric Maintenance
  • Indoor Air Quality Testing and Monitoring
  • Sidewalk and Pavement
  • Training and Communications

 

Early Adopters

Learn more about becoming an early adopter to provide feedback and help shape program elements as they are being developed.

 

Why a School Facilities Standard?

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 risk.  Unhealthy indoor air, inadequate ventilation, and chemical exposure from cleaning and maintenance routines continue to present systemic challenges in school districts.  

 

Standard Development Process

The Healthy Green Schools & Colleges standard is being developed through extensive stakeholder engagement that includes school facility directors, indoor air quality experts, technical experts and other practitioners. The process leverages HSC’s extensive experience working with school facility directors and Green Seal’s globally recognized credibility in science-based standard development.  

 

Public Comment

The second public comment period for the draft Healthy Green Schools & Colleges Standard is now open. This version incorporates the feedback submitted during the first public comment period in June and includes the point system that will be used as the basis for certification and promotes continuous improvement.

A clean copy of the standard is available for review along with a markup version with inline edits. The standard includes points to be earned for each section; a scorecard is listed below for easy reference. Please share your feedback by October 22, 2021.

Our Sponsors

Diversey has been a sponsor of Healthy Green Schools & Colleges since 2018.

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Georgia-Pacific PRO has been a sponsor of Healthy Green Schools & Colleges for 5 years. Learn more at Georgia-Pacific PRO’s Sponsor Sustainability Profile.

GOJO Industries Inc. the makers of PURELL® products has been a sponsor of Healthy Green Schools & Colleges for 9 years.

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Cascades PRO® has been a sponsor of Healthy Green Schools & Colleges for 2 years. Learn more at Cascades PRO’s Sponsor Sustainability Profile.

Ecolab has been a sponsor of Healthy Green Schools & Colleges for 8 years.

Ecos Pro by Earth Friendly Products has been a sponsor of Healthy Green Schools & Colleges for 3 years. Learn more at Ecos Pro by Earth Friendly Products’ Sponsor Sustainability Profile.

Rochester Midland Corporation has been a sponsor of Healthy Green Schools & Colleges for 9 years.

Seventh Generation has been a sponsor of Healthy Green Schools & Colleges since 2020. Learn more at Seventh Generation Professional’s Sponsor Sustainability Profile.

Tersano Inc. has been a sponsor of Healthy Green Schools & Colleges for 5 years.

Unger has been a sponsor of Healthy Green Schools & Colleges for 8 years.

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ABCO Products, Inc. has been a sponsor of Healthy Green Schools & Colleges since 2020. Learn more at ABCO Products, Inc.’s Sponsor Sustainability Profile.

Branch Creek has been a sponsor of Healthy Green Schools & Colleges for 2 years.

Kaivac Cleaning Systems has been a sponsor of Healthy Green Schools & Colleges for 5 years.

 

Kimberly-Clark Professional has been a sponsor of Healthy Green Schools & Colleges for 5 years. Learn more at Kimberly-Clark Professional’s Sponsor Sustainability Profile.

 

Spartan Chemical Company, Inc. has been a sponsor of Healthy Green Schools & Colleges for 10 years. Learn more at Spartan Chemical Company, Inc.’s Sponsor Sustainability Profile.