Improving indoor air quality in schools is not an all-or-nothing proposition. These are a few measures that can dramatically improve school indoor air quality without requiring a full infrastructure overhaul.
The University of Georgia on Creating More Sustainable School Facilities
The University of Georgia’s Director of Services, Facilities Maintenance Department, Todd Kerzie explains how his department is using the Healthy Green Schools & Colleges program to improve sustainability and air quality in UGA facilities.
All About the Healthy Green Schools & Colleges Self-Assessment Tool
The Healthy Green Schools & Colleges self-assessment is a free tool available for school and university facility professionals to use to objectively assess their campus’ indoor environmental health and sustainability performance.
Open for Comment: The Healthy Green Schools & Colleges™ Standard
Green Seal and Healthy Schools Campaign are proposing several improvements to our Healthy Green Schools & Colleges™ standard criteria. These updates are intended to clarify and consolidate standard criteria; better address differences between K-12 school districts and higher education institutions, and provide more flexibility for schools to implement measures that foster healthy indoor environments for students and staff.
The University of Georgia Hosts The Healthy Green Schools & Colleges Summer Summit
The 2022 Healthy Green Schools & Colleges Summer Summit took place at the University of Georgia and created an opportunity for school facility directors and manufacturers to come together, share insights, and learn from one another.
Congratulations to School Facilities Visionary Gene Woodard on His Retirement!
In November, Gene officially retired as Director of the Building Services Department at The University of Washington after 36 years there. Over his three and a half decades at The University of Washington, Gene helped establish a sustainability and waste reduction program and culture that was embraced by the campus community.
Announcing a National Pilot Standard for Healthier School Facilities
The first-of-its-kind standard was designed in partnership with the K-12 and university facility directors on the Healthy Green Schools & Colleges Steering Committee and with input from early adopters, stakeholders, and the public. It is designed to be implemented district-wide or university-wide to ensure an organization-level commitment to standard operating procedures, resource distribution, and facility maintenance that supports the health of all students and staff, as well as the environment.
Spotlight on Innovative Facilities Projects for the 21-22 School Year
After almost two years of pandemic-related disruptions that have caused school facilities teams to adapt to shifts in building use and infection prevention strategies, we’re inspired to see teams take on the 2021-22 school year with forward-thinking approaches to green and healthy cleaning. Here are some of the innovative programs being undertaken by inventive facilities teams in K-12 school buildings and universities across the country.
Steering Committee Member Merv Brewer Remains Dedicated to Family, Healthy Schools in Retirement
We first met Mervin (Merv) Brewer when he helped the Salt Lake City School District earn the Green Cleaning Award Honorable Mention in 2011 when he was assistant custodial supervisor. He went on to become an integral part of the Healthy Green Schools & Colleges Program as one of our founding steering committee members, bringing
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