Environmental Health

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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The University of Tennessee: Where Efficiency Meets Environmentalism


The green cleaning program at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville has been leading the way since 2006. Over the past 10 years, the school has continued to expand its square footage through a series of construction projects, but the custodial department hasn’t missed a beat in keeping up its commitment to environmentally responsible, efficient cleaning. […]

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How a School Is Cleaned Might Be Affecting Attendance


It’s fitting that the first month back to school has been designated Attendance Awareness Month. A child’s success in school is built upon their ability to show up. And when buildings and children are unhealthy, attendance suffers. In fact, chronic absenteeism at a young age is a powerful factor in educational attainment, graduation rates, and […]

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How This School in New York Is Saving Money—and the Planet


One of the biggest benefits to a green cleaning program that’s not always spoken about is the huge cost savings it can yield. Many with experience in the field have already moved far away from the old, mistaken belief that green cleaning costs more. Unfortunately, those who are not as familiar with green cleaning—and many […]

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