Green Cleaning Advocacy Handbook
Policy change is a powerful tool to support green cleaning in schools. Whether it’s at the state, district or school level, a green cleaning policy can provide the incentive and clear framework to bring healthier environments to all students.
The Green Cleaning Advocacy Handbook provides practical advice for advocates ready to promote green cleaning, including:
- building your coalition
- working with policymakers
- responding to objections
- communicating with media
- useful sample documents, including a sample fact sheet and model green cleaning bill
It’s a practical guide you can review as you begin planning and refer to throughout the process.
Children’s health and learning are shaped by the laws and policies that define their schools, whether they are policies about testing or laws that restrict the use of certain cleaning chemicals. That’s why we have a responsibility to raise our voices for sensible, health-promoting policies. Decision-makers will continue to implement policies that affect schools—from curriculum to cleaning practices—whether or not we are at the table.
As parents, advocates and cleaning industry leaders, we have experience in this field and knowledge of the ways that green cleaning can shape children’s experiences at schools. We know that green cleaning protects health, that green cleaning products are effective and cost-comparable and that the marketplace is ready to support widespread adoption of green clean schools policies. But without our input, policymakers will not necessarily have that information.
It is up to us to help legislators understand the importance of green cleaning in schools and craft policies that support student well-being.