Expert Voices: Green Cleaning & a LEED-Certified School

October 27, 2010

HSC recently 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, Rachel Gutter, Director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington, D.C., explains the role of green cleaning in a healthy, LEED-certified school.

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A green cleaning program is critical to support the health and well-being of students, teachers and staff.

For a school to achieve LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance certification, it must have a green cleaning policy in place. Schools can earn additional points towards LEED for Existing Buildings: O& M certification for various aspects of their green cleaning programs. New buildings that achieve LEED for Schools certification should have green cleaning programs too.

After all, a building is only as green as the way it is operated and maintained.

Previously: 

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Jim Chittom of Roman Chemical Corp., who was an advisor to Floyd County Schools, Ga. as they implemented green cleaning, explains challenges related to product performance.

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