Common-Sense Green Cleaning Guidelines Need Final Stamp of Approval

February 06, 2008

by Mark Bishop, HSC Deputy Director

Last year HSC brought together a broad, diverse coalition to successfully advocate for a law requiring green cleaning in Illinois schools.

To create the guidelines for green cleaning, the law created a taskforce that brought in a broad range of experts – those representing public health, education, environmental, government and corporate interests – and invited the public to share input.

The result of this broad public input is a set of guidelines that are comprehensive, health-based and cost-effective for schools to implement.

Now, these guidelines are going through the legislature for a final review.  We believe that the guidelines will sail through the committee because they were developed with an open process and practical, common-sense approach.

However, we need to make sure that our legislators hear from supporters of green cleaning to ensure that the guidelines get this necessary final stamp of approval.

Please take a moment to send a letter of support to the Lt. Governor’s office to voice you support green cleaning in Illinois schools.

Together, we can make Illinois the second state in the nation to protect students from exposures to toxic cleaning chemicals in schools.