Develop Green Cleaning Policy
HSC, in collaboration with nonprofit advocates and industry representatives, has developed a statement of principles to assist with the development of state-level green clean schools policy.
Our principles are intended to provide guidance to advocates seeking to protect student and staff health while protecting the environment and promoting a marketplace that provides affordable, effective and widely available green products for schools. By building a broad base of support for these unifying principles, we seek to make green cleaning the norm in all schools.
Core to HSC’s statement of principles are the following points:
- Requirement. A green cleaning policy should require—not suggest or recommend—that schools go green. The green cleaning market is mature enough that affordable, high-quality products are available for implementation.
- Multiple certifications. We believe including multiple third-party certifications, rather than relying on a single certification, is a stronger approach to developing a green cleaning policy. By identifying multiple credible third party certifications, you are supporting innovation in the certification marketplace as well as ensuring better product availability for your schools.
- More than just chemicals. A policy should be broad in scope so that it encourages more than just green chemical purchases. It should also recognize the importance of sustainable equipment and paper purchases as well as prioritizing improved procedures.
- Procedures and training. While it may be impractical to require specific training, it is important to recognize training as a significant component of a green cleaning program. HSC believes that a well-paid and properly-trained staff is an important part of every green cleaning program.
Next, visit our Green Cleaning Advocacy Handbook for additional information about HSC’s green cleaning policy principles.