High-Fives, Maryland: Green Cleaning in Schools Now Required

June 01, 2009

Welcome, Maryland, to the ranks of states requiring green cleaning in schools!

Governor Martin O'Malley signed the law in May, making Maryland the third U.S. state to enact such a requirement. The bill, sponsored by Delegates Nic Kipke and Peter Murphy, states that cleaning chemicals purchased for all Maryland public schools must be “green” certified starting in October, 2009.

Delegate Kipke said cost was one of the motivators, reinforcing the benefits for schools around the country that may be hesitant to make the switch during lean economic times.

Kipke said: ”Our research concluded that these environmentally friendly cleaning products now cost less than many conventional products. The price advantage combined with health and environmental benefits makes this a smart policy for Maryland schools.” 

Learn more about the Maryland law or read the full text of the bill [pdf].

Legislators in three other states—Connecticut, Nevada and Hawaii—also passed green clean schools legislation this year. You can learn more in HSC's press release, and we'll keep you posted as these bills are signed into law.

Congratulations to all the advocates who are making progress on green clean schools laws across the country.