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For Parkway School District, Change Is Good

Change isn’t easy. But it’s also an essential part of adopting healthier and greener cleaning policies. For Missouri-based Parkway School District, Green Cleaning Award Honorable Mention winner in the K-12 Division for 2013, the change to green cleaning was graceful thanks to a well-thought-out plan and strong commitment from team leaders. Most of the school […]

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Guest Blog: Earth Day, Time to Party

Ten years ago when HSC’s President and CEO Rochelle Davis met Steve Ashkin on an airplane, little did we know how much that meeting could lead to changes in how schools clean across the country. Steve has been an environmental leader for over 24 years, and shortly after that meeting, became the primary author of […]

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Silver Nanotechnology Might Be Hot, but is it Healthy?

Recently, the Chicago Tribune published an article that calls into question the sustainability and health risks associated with silver nanotechnology. What’s so important about this article is that it finally asks the question that I’ve wanted answered for years: What are the chronic effects of exposure to products that use nanosilver to kill bacteria? What […]

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Green Cleaning Gets National Attention in Influential CDC Report

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) now includes a chapter on the physical school environment—specifically discussing green cleaning—for the first time ever. Over the years we’ve watched green cleaning grow from a niche practice to an environmental buzzword, steadily gaining recognition for the […]

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FDA Proposes a New Rule on Triclosan

As always, especially with flu season in full swing, we strongly encourage hand washing. But — and here’s the twist on conventional wisdom — we don’t recommend antibacterial soap. Although HSC has held this view for a while, it seems like the FDA finally agrees. Late last year, the FDA issued a new proposed rule […]

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Reducing Mold, Increasing Health: Q+A with an Expert

A few weeks ago, Steven Caulfield of Turner Building Science and Design co-hosted a webinar discussing the importance of proper mold and moisture control in schools with the EPA’s SHIELD initiative. We’re particularly interested in this issue at HSC because we know that an unhealthy school environment undermines efforts to keep students and staff healthy and give […]

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