How Chicago Public Schools is Using HGSC to Build Sustainability District-Wide

Enabling Transformative Change in Educational Facilities: An Introduction to Maturity Models

Navigating the complexities of implementing change can be daunting. Change often demands a structured approach, and maturity models offer just that. They provide a consistent framework for organizations to assess, plan, and execute change effectively. In the context of integrating health and sustainability into educational facility operations, understanding and utilizing a maturity model can pave the way for a healthier, more sustainable future for students, staff, and the broader community.

How Facility Managers Can Offer a Path to Professional Growth

Being a facility management executive in 2023 is no easy task. The modern facility executive must maintain a delicate balance; from providing excellent customer service, being responsive to building users and the staff, and ensuring that supply chain issues are minimized to maintain operational success — all while juggling these issues within mostly slim operational budgets. Here’s how the University of Georgia FMD uses the HGSC program to support employees.

Five Types of School Water Quality Emergencies and How to Address Them

Water quality emergencies can create environmental and health hazards for students and staff in addition to disrupting operations for days or even weeks at a time. Proper planning can help schools contain the scope of a water quality emergency, reduce the potential for exposures to students and staff, and minimize the disruption to operations.

Tips for Selecting the Right Air Quality Monitoring Technology for Your School

Regularly monitoring indoor air quality can help identify problem areas and opportunities for improvement. Ongoing monitoring of contaminants requires an investment of staff time and financial resources. So, it’s important to carefully consider the unique needs and challenges of your school facilities when selecting technical devices to perform air testing and determine contaminant levels.

Announcing the HGSC Fall Virtual Summit 2023

We’re excited to announce Healthy Green Schools & Colleges’ Fall Virtual Summit, an event designed to connect facilities professionals in the HGSC program, sponsors, and partners to share insights and foster collaborative problem-solving in the effort to integrate health and sustainability into day-to-day facilities operations and management in K-12 and higher education institutions.

Cleaning Self-Assessment Identifies Key Areas of Improvement

When the Wisconsin-based West Allis-West Milwaukee School District first learned about the Healthy Green Schools & Colleges (HGSC) initiative, it was easy to wonder if this was just another idea that sounded good in theory, but would be too costly or take too much time to implement. After some careful research — various emails and utilizing some online resources — it became clear that this approach might be realistic.