Environmental Health

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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How a School Is Cleaned Might Be Affecting Attendance

It’s fitting that the first month back to school has been designated Attendance Awareness Month. A child’s success in school is built upon their ability to show up. And when buildings and children are unhealthy, attendance suffers. In fact, chronic absenteeism at a young age is a powerful factor in educational attainment, graduation rates, and […]

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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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HSC Honored as a 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve been named a 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA gives this award each year for advancing the goal of chemical safety through exemplary participation in or promotion of Safer Choice, which helps consumers, businesses and purchasers find products that perform […]

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Green Ribbon Schools Program Honors Schools and Districts with Awards

Earth Day is a day to inspire conscientiousness surrounding environmental issues and sustainability. With that at the forefront of our minds today, the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) announced its winners. ED-GRS is a program that recognizes schools, districts and institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) that “reduce environmental impact and costs, improve […]

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How to Overcome the Top Three Obstacles to Green Cleaning in Schools

In July of 2015, HSC hosted the first annual Green Clean Schools Summit at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus. In attendance were 90 green cleaning leaders from across K-12 and university communities and the cleaning industry. Almost half of those in attendance represented schools, while the rest of the attendees were from industry, non-profits […]

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Why Children Are More Sensitive to Environmental Health Risks

When you think of green cleaning, what’s the first benefit or goal that comes to mind? For many people, green cleaning is primarily associated with its environmental benefits. But those who have been implementing successful green cleaning in schools across the nation will tell you that among the most important benefits of green cleaning is […]

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New Paper Products Give Schools More Opportunities to Act Sustainably

When it comes to sustainable paper, people tend to think about recycled content. While both purchasing paper with recycled content and recycling are important aspects of any green cleaning program, there’s even more to consider when making responsible paper supply choices. The production process and raw materials can also have significant impact on the environment. […]

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The Surprising Culprit Polluting Our Nation’s Classrooms

The products that we bring into our schools — from cleaning chemicals to flooring materials to computers — really matter. We’ve stressed the importance of reducing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and helping the environment with cleaning purchases, but this rule can, and should, be applied to every purchasing decision your school makes. Some of the […]

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