Award Winners

Going Green Saves Green for this Cleaning Industry Leader

If anybody can disprove the old myth that green cleaning costs more, it is Mike Jones, director of custodial services at Columbia Public Schools in Missouri and the newest member of our Green Clean Schools Leadership Council. For Jones, a green cleaning program has been the key to a streamlined budget and unbelievable savings. He’s […]

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On This Campus, Even School Spirit Is Sustainable

For Stony Brook University, winner of the 2014 Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities Honorable Mention, green cleaning started as a simple switch to healthier cleaning products in response to a state order in 2007. From there, it has grown into a campuswide cultural shift and a new definition of what it means to […]

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University of Michigan Makes Green Cleaning a Source of School Pride

Every year since the University of Michigan’s first Green Cleaning Award – Honorable Mention win in 2011, the Plant & Ground Services department has been steadily growing its green cleaning program. In 2012 they won another Honorable Mention, in 2013 they won Silver and in 2014, they scored First Place. Today UM has a program […]

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How Baby Steps Led this Giant to Green Cleaning Excellence

For a school district as huge as Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS), making the switch to green cleaning was a Herculean task. In any school system, getting buy-in from administrators, teachers, staff and board members can mean red tape, pushback and delays. And this school district has 96 buildings, 70,000 students and 10.6 million […]

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Meet the Grassroots Green Cleaning Leader Who Doesn’t Shy From a Challenge

We are thrilled to welcome Tommy Little, Georgia Tech’s Manager of Building Services, to our Green Clean Schools Leadership Council. Little has helped to build Georgia Tech’s award-winning program through patience, courage and a philosophy built on healthful cleaning principles. Under Little, Georgia Tech’s program earned the 2007 Green Cleaning Award Honorable Mention and continues […]

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Breathing Is Easy at Blue Valley

Overland Park, KS, has been ranked among the “Best Places to Raise Your Kids” by Bloomberg Business and “America’s 10 Best Places to Grow Up” by U.S. News & World Report. The sprawling Kansas City suburb boasts excellent schools, low crime rates and access to many outdoor activities. But for parents in Blue Valley School […]

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Steve Ashkin: A Trusted Partner, Invaluable Resource and Loyal Friend

It all started with a chance meeting on an airplane. Thirteen years ago, Steve Ashkin, known to many as the father of green cleaning, happened to be seated next to Healthy Schools Campaign President and CEO, Rochelle Davis on a flight to Chicago. At the time, Healthy Schools Campaign was a scrappy upstart, making inroads […]

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Three-time GCA Grand Award Winner University of Washington Leads the Way

The University of Washington in Seattle has done it again. For the third year, they’ve won the Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities Grand Award! What’s so impressive about this school is how they keep pushing themselves to do even better with their green cleaning program. This university is a true role model for […]

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For This Leader, There’s No Other Way to Clean Than Green

Gene Woodard, Director of the Building Services Department at the University of Washington in Seattle, is one of seven members recently appointed to our Green Clean Schools Leadership Council. The Green Clean Schools Leadership Council brings together award-winning school facility managers to provide up-to-date guidance to us here at HSC on new developments in green […]

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Award Winner, Clarke County School District, Leaves No Nook Uncleaned

The way Kimberly Thomas, executive director, Plant Services & Custodial at Clarke County School District (CCSD), sees it, her custodial staff members are on the front line of health. “They see and touch and feel everything that’s going on in the schools,” she says. “Of course the custodial staff wants to make sure the school […]

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