Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities

Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities


Schools across the nation—from private preschools to public universities—are coming up with exciting ways to make their school cleaning programs healthier, more sustainable and less costly, too.

The Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities seeks to recognize leaders from among the best of these schools each year. The award is founded in the belief that a green cleaning program is about so much more than chemical choices and energy efficient machinery. For these schools, it’s about investing in the future, cleaning for health, and educating everyone involved. It’s about getting school stakeholders and the entire community excited about their programs.

The Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities is the only award dedicated solely to recognizing schools and their facility leaders for the tireless work of promoting clean, healthy and sustainable school buildings.

Presented by Healthy Schools Campaign, American School & University magazine and the Green Cleaning Network, it highlights schools with innovative, health-focused and environmentally minded cleaning programs. Judging criteria are based on our Five Steps to Green Cleaning in Schools.

Award Winners are profiled in their very own full-color spread in American School & University magazine, which goes to more than 60,000 school leaders across the nation. Winners are also interviewed and spotlighted in the HSC newsletter and blog, read by thousands of subscribers. Winners become instantly recognized as leaders in their field and are invited to participate in HSC webinars, panels and training programs to share their stories with a national audience.

Application Process

Does your school have an outstanding green cleaning program? Have you seen improvements in staff morale, student health or the bottom line since you implemented greener cleaning practices? Has your community been engaged and supportive of your green cleaning program? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then you are a great candidate for The Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities.

Apply for the Green Cleaning Award

Who Can Apply?

The Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities is open to both public and private schools. It includes a K-12 category (which also includes preschools) and a higher education category, which includes universities, colleges, trade and technical schools. Special education and therapeutic schools are eligible in both categories. Individual schools or entire school districts may apply.

The award goes to the teams directly involved in the school’s green cleaning program. This may include:

  • Custodial staff
  • Administration
  • Sub-contractors
  • Outside vendors
  • Community and advocacy groups

How Do I Apply?

The application for the 2017 Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities is now closed. We’ll be announcing the winners soon!

The application for the 2018 award will be available in the fall. Sign up below to be among the first to find out when the applications is available!

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