Green Clean Schools Steering Committee

Green Clean Schools Steering Committee

Sharing Insight on Green Cleaning

The Green Clean Schools Steering Committee is comprised of dedicated facility managers from schools and universities across the country with award-winning, pioneering green cleaning programs. These on-the-ground green cleaning leaders have not only helped create healthier and safer educational facilities for their communities, but also they’ve demonstrated a commitment to leading their peers and galvanizing the green cleaning movement.

The members of the GCS Steering Committee are thought leaders, using their practical knowledge and experience to advise Healthy Schools Campaign’s Green Clean Schools Program to best serve the education facilities sector. In addition, committee members help influence cleaning industry suppliers and manufacturers to provide greener, healthier innovations for schools and universities.

Members of the Green Clean Schools Steering Committee are ambassadors for HSC’s Green Clean Schools Program, using our resources and their personal achievements to teach peers through presentations at Green Clean Schools events and published articles in trade publications. Most importantly, the members of this committee provide a living example that green cleaning makes an incredible impact on the health and education of students, and is attainable.

Can the Steering Committee help my school?
Yes! If you’ve already downloaded our 5 Steps to Green Cleaning in Schools and are ready to take the next step but don’t know what to do, the Steering Committee can help. When you take a few minutes to fill out our green cleaning program assessment, staff at HSC and members of the Steering Committee will get a better idea of how we can help. To get started:

  • First, complete our Program Assessment. Share a bit of background on your program such as what type of chemicals you use and where your school is located.
  • Second, Healthy Schools Campaign will review your assessment. We’ll use your assessment to learn more about your program and identify how we can help. Then we will get back to you with targeted tools and resources for your program. Or we will connect you with one of our Steering Committee Members to provide technical support and mentorship.
  • Finally, come back and share your progress. We want to learn where you’re going. We may be able to provide additional assistance or spotlight your success. Maybe you’ll even be ready to apply for the Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities!

 

I’m a manufacturer/distributor. How can I get involved?

We know that an engaged industry is important to ensuring schools have the resources and technology to support a healthy school environment. If you are a manufacturer or distributor, you can help by connecting the schools you work with to Green Clean Schools and the Steering Committee. Are your schools new to green cleaning? Then, encourage them to take a program assessment. Are they seasoned leaders in their fields? Then work with them to complete an application to the Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities. Steering Committee members also want to learn about the latest in cleaning innovations. If you have an innovative or creative use for a product or service, let us know. We’d like to review it at our council, and get real-world feedback for how schools can use the latest the industry has to offer. Reach out to Sara Porter with questions or to share updates.

Meet the Steering Committee

The Green Clean Schools Steering Committee is comprised of dedicated facility managers from schools and universities across the country with award-winning, pioneering green cleaning programs. These on-the-ground green cleaning leaders have not only helped create healthier and safer educational facilities for their communities, but also they’ve demonstrated a commitment to leading their peers and galvanizing the green cleaning movement.

 

 

Tony Almeida
Manager, Custodial Services, Elk Grove Unified School District, Elk Grove, California

Tony has over 30 years of experience in the custodial trades. He spent six years in the private sector and the last 24 years as part of the Elk Grove Unified School District. Tony currently serves as Manager for the Custodial Services department. Tony oversees 75 buildings with over 6.2 million square feet and 270 staff members. Tony and the EGUSD Maintenance & Operations Department were the first district in California to use OSG (on site generation) of electrochemically activated solution. His department won the Green Cleaning award for Schools and Universities Silver Award in 2017.

 


 

Steve Ashkin
President, Ashkin Group; CEO, Sustainability Dashboard Tools; Executive Director, Green Cleaning Network

Steve Ashkin is an entrepreneur, author and leader of the Green Cleaning Movement where he is thought of as the “father of Green Cleaning.” Steve is President of The Ashkin Group, CEO of Sustainability Dashboard Tools, and Executive Director of the Green Cleaning Network. Steve is a founding member of the US Green Building Council and was responsible for writing the cleaning credits in LEED for Existing Buildings. He serves as the technical advisor to the Healthy Schools Campaign where he lead authored The Quick + Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools. Additionally, he is on the Board of Directors of the Green Sports Alliance where he wrote their Playbook on Greener Cleaning in Sports Facilities. Finally, Steve has received numerous awards including an Excellence Award and two Partner of the Year Awards from US EPA. And in 2014, Steve was inducted into the Green Industry Hall of Fame.

 



Mark Bishop

Mark Bishop has more than a decade of experience in advocating for healthy school environments. As vice-president of policy with Healthy Schools Campaign he developed training programs and tools for school stakeholders to advance health school environments. He was instrumental in the development of greencleanschools.org and has run professional development programs for school facility directors and school nurses. He has also successfully advocated for state-level policies around green cleaning, school health and chronic absenteeism.

 


 

Mervin Brewer
Assistant Custodial Supervisor, Salt Lake City School District
Salt Lake City, Utah

Mervin spent 26 years as a school custodian and for the past nine has been SLCSD’s district level supervisor. Mervin also has been the supervisor of SLCSD’s internationally recognized integrated pest management program since its inception nine years ago and holds a current state-certified pesticide applicator’s license. Mervin was responsible for developing SLCSD’s district-wide paper recycling program, diverting at least 45 tons of paper annually from the landfill. He is also past president of the Utah School Custodial Managers Association.

 


 

Shawna Cragun
Director of Custodial Services, Davis School District, Davis County, Utah

Shawna has been part of Davis School District for 11 years and serves as the Director of Custodial Services. She oversees 665 employees that protect the health of 72,500 students and 8,000 staff members while managing 102 buildings with a combined 10.5 million square feet of floor space. She also serves as President of the Utah School Custodial Managers Association and as Spotlight Spokesperson for the Indoor Air Quality Division of the EPA. Shawna received the “2018 Outstanding Administrator of the Year” from the Utah School Employees Association and the Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities’ 2018 Silver Award.

 


 

Mike Jones
Director of Custodial Services, Columbia Public Schools
Columbia, Missouri

Mike Jones has 30 years of experience in operations management. Today he oversees Columbia Public Schools’ custodial department, which is made up of 38 buildings with over 3.4 million square feet. He launched a district-wide “Green Initiative” in January 2009, based on the Missouri Green Cleaning Guidelines and Specifications for Schools. Under Mike’s leadership, the program has won two Green Cleaning Awards: 2010 Best New Program and 2011 Grand Award for School Districts.

 


 

Jodi Krause
Assistant Director Housekeeping, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
Jodi has worked in the custodial and maintenance field for more than 20 years. She’s been at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1999, where she currently oversees the night shift custodial crews, manages budgets and directs the university’s Products, Equipment & Testing Committee. Jodi has also been involved with her department’s sustainability programs for over 10 years. As a result of her vision and leadership, UW-Madison’s Division of Housing won the Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities’ Silver prize in 2013. As a UW-Madison graduate, Jodi is proud to give back to the university through her leadership of the custodial and maintenance departments.

 


 

Christopher K Raines
Custodial Receiving Supervisor, Folsom Lake Community College, Folsom, California

Christopher Raines has spent the last 19 years in custodial/facilities maintenance, 15 of those in a leadership role. For the last six years. Chris has been at Folsom Lake Community College as the Custodial Receiving Department Supervisor. Chris oversees 16 buildings covering over 500,000 square feet. In 2016, Chris launched a department-wide reorder of cleaning methods with green cleaning as the main focus of the department. Folsom Lake College received honorable mention for best new program in 2017.

 


 

Kimberly Thomas

Director, Facilities Management, University of Georgia
Athens, GA

Kimberly Thomas is responsible for facilities management and custodial operations for the Clarke County School District, winner of the Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities’ Honorable Mention in 2014. Her department has also received recognition for its commitment to green cleaning and sustainability from the Healthy Schools Network, Environmental Protective Agency- Georgia state office, and US Green Building Council-Georgia division. Prior to her role at Clarke County, she was the Assistant Director of Services for the University of Georgia – Facilities Management Division, which won the Green Cleaning Award’s Grand Award in 2010.

 


 

Aaron Uresti
Assistant Director of Custodial & Housekeeping Services, Facilities Services, University of California, Riverside, California

Aaron has over 17 years of experience in the commercial cleaning industry and has worked in education facilities for the past 12 years. In his current role at UC Riverside, he is responsible for leading a department of over 150 employees that clean approximately 6 million square feet of building space daily using sustainable products and methods. Prior to his role at UC Riverside, Aaron was the Senior Superintendent of Custodial Services at the University of California, Irvine where his department won two Green Cleaning Awards: Best New Program in 2013 and Honorable Mention in 2015.

 


 

Keith Webb
Executive Director of Plant Services, Newport News Public Schools
Newport News, Virginia

Keith oversees construction, renovation and operations of Newport News Public Schools’ 72 buildings. A graduate of Virginia Tech, he joined NNPS as Assistant Maintenance Supervisor, eventually rising to his current position.

In 2011 his department earned the prestigious Facility Masters Award at the Platinum level from the National School Plant Managers Association in conjunction with the Virginia School Plant Managers Association. In 2012 Keith earned his Educational Facility Professional designation from APPA. In 2013 NNPS received the Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities’ Grand Award.

 


 

Gene Woodard
Director of the Building Services Department, University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Gene has been part of the University of Washington (UW) for 29 years and serves as director of the building services department. The UW was one of the first to use Integrated Cleaning and Measurement (ICM) to validate cleaning procedures within its facility and won the Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities’ Grand Award in 2007 and 2010.

Gene is a Registered Executive Housekeeper and member of the International Executive Housekeeping Association (IEHA), International Sanitary Suppliers Association (ISSA) and the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA). He served as IEHA President from 2000—2002. Gene is a 2012 recipient of IEHA’s William D. Joyner Achievement Award and a contributing writer for Executive Housekeeping Today. He serves on the board of the Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) and is a speaker on custodial and leadership topics.

Green Clean Schools Leadership Council, 2015-2017

  • Steve Ashkin
    President, Ashkin Group; CEO, Sustainability Dashboard Tools; Executive Director, Green Cleaning Network
  • Mark Bishop
  • Mervin Brewer
    Assistant Custodial Supervisor, Salt Lake City School District, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Mike Jones
    Director of Custodial Services, Columbia Public Schools, Columbia, Missouri
  • Jodi Krause
    Assistant Director Housekeeping, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Tommy Little
    Associate Director of Building Services, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Patrick Pizzo
    Assistant Superintendent for Business & Finance, East Meadow School District, Westbury, New York
  • Kimberly Thomas
    Executive Director – Plant Services & Custodial Operations, Clarke County School District, Athens, Georgia
  • Keith Webb
    Executive Director of Plant Services, Newport News Public Schools, Newport News, Virginia
  • Gene Woodard
    Director of the Building Services Department, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

 


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