Award Winners

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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Northwestern University: Where Green Cleaning Meets the Color Blue

Northwestern University is a unique Green Cleaning Award applicant and winner because its custodial operations are outsourced to Aramark. The contract began in September 2012, and the cleaning contractor has been able to make significant improvements to the university’s green cleaning program. Congratulations to Northwestern University and Aramark for working together to make campus a […]

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Apply for the 2017 Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities

It’s time to rally your custodial staff, take a good look at your green cleaning program and apply to win the Green Cleaning Award! Don’t miss this invaluable opportunity to showcase your green cleaning program. If your school has a green cleaning program, the Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities is an excellent opportunity […]

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More Certification, Less Chemicals at Montgomery College

At Montgomery College, a public, open admissions community college in Maryland, 2015 was the year that their campuses earned a well-deserved recognition for sustainable, healthy and green cleaning practices and programs. Congratulations to the 2015 Green Cleaning Award Honorable Mention in Higher Education, Montgomery College! “Our goal with the green cleaning program was to create […]

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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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Learn from the Green Clean Schools Leadership Council

The next in our popular Learn from the Leaders webinar series will take place at 1 p.m. CST on June 14 and feature a panel discussion with two Green Clean Schools Leadership Council members and leaders of 2015 Green Cleaning Award winning schools, Kimberly Thomas at Clarke County School District in Georgia and Tommy Little […]

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Restrooms Are for Recycling, Too, Says GCA Winner UC Irvine

Congratulations to the University of California, Irvine for winning the Green Cleaning Award (GCA) Honorable Mention (Recycling) for 2015. The green cleaning program at UCI is only four years old, and this is already the second time the university has won the award; in 2013, it won Best New Program. In just a short span […]

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Learn from University Green Cleaning Leaders

The first in our popular Learn from the Leaders webinar series will take place at 2 p.m. CST on May 24 and feature presentations from Jackie Kimbler and Melanie Tatum at Texas Tech University and Aaron Uresti at the University of California, Irvine. This webinar will showcase the innovative green cleaning programs at both of […]

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Texas Tech Is Engaging an Entire City Behind its Robust Recycling Program

Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Tex., is taking recycling to a new level, establishing itself as a leader and expert on sustainability within the Red Raider community both on and off campus. In fact, this college campus actually takes in recycling from people and businesses all over Lubbock! And what it’s doing to engage the […]

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