Global nonprofit certification organization Green Seal and the Healthy Schools Campaign recently announced the launch of the Healthy Green Schools & Colleges program to help school facility professionals identify and implement low- and no-cost measures that can make a big difference in indoor air quality (IAQ) without major capital investments.
The organizations also announced the first slate of Healthy Green Schools & Colleges participants, which include Cape Elizabeth School Department, Consumnes River College, Kansas City Public Schools, University of Georgia, and West Allis-West Milwaukee School District.
The Healthy Green Schools & Colleges program was developed in partnership with recognized school facility management (FM) leaders and covers the full range of facilities management practices, including cleaning and disinfecting; integrated pest management; sustainable purchasing; HVAC and electric maintenance; IAQ testing and monitoring; training; and communication.
Healthy Green Schools & Colleges offers school facility professionals a three-step process to improve indoor air quality and sustainability in their facilities:
The Healthy Green Schools & Colleges program is available to school districts, colleges and universities across the spectrum, whether they are just getting started exploring environmental health and sustainability improvements or already are leaders.
The pandemic has highlighted the importance of creating healthier indoor environments, yet many schools struggle to maintain facilities that support the health of all students and staff. This nationally available program addresses a critical gap by providing schools with the guidance and network to continuously improve the health and sustainability of their facilities.Doug Gatlin, CEO of Green Seal
Unhealthy indoor air, inadequate ventilation, and chemical exposure from cleaning and maintenance routines put the health of students and staff at risk and are linked to poor concentration and test performance. These conditions are disproportionately found in schools serving primarily low-income Black and Latino students, making this an important issue of equity. The Healthy Green Schools & Colleges program addresses these systemic challenges and is designed to be accessible for any school district or university that commits to providing safer, healthier indoor environments.Rochelle Davis, president and CEO of Healthy Schools Campaign
Industry leaders in the manufacture and distribution of green cleaning products provide generous support Healthy Green Schools & Colleges, including Platinum-Level sponsors Diversey, Georgia-Pacific, Spartan Chemical Company and Purell.
Find out more about the Healthy Green Schools & Colleges program online.