Policy

Get the Whole School on Board with a Green Cleaning Program

Everyone plays an important role in maintaining a healthy environment at your school. This video, produced by Healthy Schools Campaign and our partner, Education Facilities Clearinghouse, will show you how to engage students, teachers, administrators, unions and contractors to share that responsibility. Download the full guide on our website. This video is part of a […]

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Green Cleaning Policies: 10 States in 10 Years

Our efforts to change school green cleaning policy started with a simple question: Why not? It was back in 2006 when New York recently passed its green cleaning state law, and here at Healthy Schools Campaign, we just published our first edition of the Quick and Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools. At that […]

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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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Schools Are an Important Part of the Fight Against Superbugs

Antibiotics are a fundamental part of modern medicine — necessary to treat all sorts of conditions from the mundane sore throat to life-threatening illnesses. However, the overuse of these drugs in animal agriculture and human medicine is leading to a crisis where bacteria are becoming less and less treatable with drugs currently on the market. […]

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FDA’s Rule on Triclosan Is Working, but How Well?

Perhaps you’ve heard about triclosan. It’s a common ingredient in antibacterial products—used in everything from hand soaps to children’s toys. It’s also been under fire because of studies suggesting health risks associated with its long-term daily use as well as questions about its benefits. At the end of 2013, the FDA issued a proposed new […]

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