Environmental Health

What the American Rescue Plan Means for School Facilities Departments


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 […]

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Congratulations to the Class of 2021 (and all the school custodians who helped ceremonies happen safely)!


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. […]

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A National Standard for Healthy School Facilities – Call for Public Comment


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 […]

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Innovation Spotlight: UGA Makes Its Own Sustainable Disinfecting Wipes


Schools need quick, accessible ways to disinfect shared surfaces without harsh chemicals. The University of Georgia developed a solution.

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A custodial staffer is vaccinated against COVID-19

How to Help Custodial Staff Get Vaccinated


Studies have shown that the most powerful way to encourage vaccination is through discussions with friends, colleagues and people we trust.

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How to Spend Stimulus Money for Cleaning Supplies + Training at Your School or University


On December 21, 2020, Congress passed a COVID-19 relief bill that included $82 billion in funding for schools and universities to assist with reopening. This funding will remain available to schools through September 30, 2022. The bill that provides this funding specifically lists investments in cleaning programs that will help schools prevent infection outbreaks and […]

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A Virtual Trade Show for These Challenging Times


The Healthy Green Schools Track at ISSA Show North America Sessions Still Available to View Every year at the ISSA Show North America, Healthy Green Schools & Colleges offers programming specifically for managers of educational facilities that tackles the latest in sustainability, health and cleaning at schools and universities. This annual event is organized and […]

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How to Safely Clean and Disinfect Your Educational Facility for COVID-19


Schools across the United States are open for in-person learning, and students and staff are returning to indoor environments that have been transformed by COVID-19. We’ve heard from facility managers at these institutions, and many are wondering how they can disinfect their buildings for coronavirus while also limiting exposure to potentially harmful chemicals. Students, staff […]

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Green Cleaning Award Winner in Northern California Epitomizes Continuous Improvement


Congratulations to Elk Grove Unified School District for winning the 2017 Silver Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities in the K-12 category! This Sacramento County school district, the fifth largest in the state of California, is home to 67 schools and an approach to green cleaning that’s always getting better. It helps that the […]

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Engage Your Green Cleaning Staff with a System of Connection


In a new series of blogs, we’re highlighting inspiring stories about the ways that schools and universities across the country are using engagement to strengthen their green cleaning and environmental initiatives. We recently talked to Leadership Council member and staff engagement advocate Gene Woodard, director of the building services department at the University of Washington […]

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