Expert Voices: How to Evaluate the Effectiveness of a Green Cleaning Program

October 13, 2010 | Written By:

HSC has just released our new, expanded edition of The Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools! As we created the guide, we spoke with numerous experts to gain feedback on what really works in schools today. One of the exciting new additions to the guide is an Expert Voices panel spotlighting practical advice from leaders in the field.

Here, Dianne Jones, Director of School Plant Operations at Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, Md., discusses how to measure the effectiveness of a green cleaning program using scheduled/unscheduled maintenance and tracking complaints. 

Dianne Jones

“We perform scheduled and unscheduled inspections of our facilities. These include validating that systematic team cleaning practices are being used, green chemicals and equipment are being used, that onsite inspections are being performed and recorded and that there is a written work plan being followed. 

We also track the number of indoor air quality complaints and keep tabs on filter systems. Luckily, the use of HEPA or multilevel filtration system vacuums should reduce the dirt and dust that collect in air filters and potentially reduce the need to change them.”


  • Pat Pizzo, Director of School Facilities & Operations at East Meadow School District on Long Island, N.Y., explains how the green cleaning program has gained acceptance within the school community.

To learn more or order your free copy of The Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools, visit

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