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Happy Global Handwashing Day!

Use these fun ideas to celebrate Global Handwashing Day—and make your school safer and healthier in the process. Each year, more than 164 million school days are lost due to illness. With flu season descending upon us, our best defense is, and always will be, proper handwashing. If every person at your school—teachers, staff, students, […]

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You Won’t Find Chemicals Here

Congratulations to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Division of Housing for receiving the 2013 Silver Green Cleaning Award for Higher Education. For them, the move to go green meant eliminating chemicals for daily use. Jodi Krause, Assistant Director of Housekeeping, is just as surprised as anybody at this dramatic change—and how clean and healthy it’s keeping […]

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At Michigan, Maize and Blue Makes Green

At The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, whose campus is more like a bustling metropolis than a university, the cleaning department has a huge job. In addition to being responsible for the health of more than 65,000 students, faculty and staff, there are 200 buildings to maintain. So when they decided to go green, […]

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Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities Webinar Registration Now Open

The Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities webinar provides an insider’s look at the Green Cleaning Award. The annual award—the first of its kind in the nation—is presented by American School & University magazine, HSC and the Green Cleaning Network. Awards are granted to schools with environmentally minded programs and the ability to galvanize […]

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June 17: Making the Financial Case for Green Cleaning

On Tuesday, June 17th at 1 pm CDT, “The Dollars and Cents: Making the Financial Case for Green Cleaning” takes an in-depth look at the financial benefits of green cleaning. Our panel of school administrators, green cleaning experts and HSC leaders will share proven money-saving strategies. You’ll learn about products and procedures that really do […]

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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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For Parkway School District, Change Is Good

Change isn’t easy. But it’s also an essential part of adopting healthier and greener cleaning policies. For Missouri-based Parkway School District, Green Cleaning Award Honorable Mention winner in the K-12 Division for 2013, the change to green cleaning was graceful thanks to a well-thought-out plan and strong commitment from team leaders. Most of the school […]

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Guest Blog: Earth Day, Time to Party

Ten years ago when HSC’s President and CEO Rochelle Davis met Steve Ashkin on an airplane, little did we know how much that meeting could lead to changes in how schools clean across the country. Steve has been an environmental leader for over 24 years, and shortly after that meeting, became the primary author of […]

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Silver Nanotechnology Might Be Hot, but is it Healthy?

Recently, the Chicago Tribune published an article that calls into question the sustainability and health risks associated with silver nanotechnology. What’s so important about this article is that it finally asks the question that I’ve wanted answered for years: What are the chronic effects of exposure to products that use nanosilver to kill bacteria? What […]

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Green Cleaning Gets National Attention in Influential CDC Report

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) now includes a chapter on the physical school environment—specifically discussing green cleaning—for the first time ever. Over the years we’ve watched green cleaning grow from a niche practice to an environmental buzzword, steadily gaining recognition for the […]

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