HSC Releases Fourth Edition of Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools, Celebrates Impact of

October 18, 2012 | Written By:


Today, we are releasing the fourth edition of our Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools!

HSC is pleased to announce the release of this updated edition of the highly-regarded guide and recognize the team whose support has made the impact of this guide and the related Green Clean Schools initiative so significant.

Since HSC launched the Green Clean Schools initiative in 2006, the movement for green cleaning in schools has grown significantly, with state-level legislation requiring green cleaning in schools, federal recognition of the importance of green cleaning, recognition from national education stakeholders, marketplace change and much more.

The fourth edition was developed with the support of 25 national education stakeholder organizations and 22 cleaning industry corporate sponsors following the distribution of nearly 125,000 copies of the popular previous editions.

“It’s incredible to see how much the movement for green cleaning in schools has grown since we launched the first guide in 2006,” said Rochelle Davis, executive editor of the guide and President and CEO of HSC. “We’ve seen huge strides in policy, in the marketplace and on the ground in schools as more and more leaders embrace cleaning for health while protecting the environment. We are proud to be part of making this change and are proud of the team that has come together to support it.”

Ten states now require green cleaning in schools and the federal government now recognizes green cleaning as a priority with programs such as Green Ribbon Schools and the recently-released EPA state school environmental health guidelines. The marketplace for green cleaning has also shifted, with industry leaders offering an ever-increasing range of effective and cost-comparable green options.

As more schools seek to go green, The Quick & Easy Guide offers an authoritative, easy-to-use resource for getting started or moving forward with a healthy, effective, affordable and environmentally responsible cleaning program.

The updated fourth edition, which includes practical advice for addressing today’s cleaning challenges, builds on the success of time-tested earlier editions. The guide outlines five steps for starting or enhancing a green cleaning program, such as using green products and equipment, adopting new cleaning procedures and involving all school stakeholders in the process. The guide also includes an enhanced purchasing directory with hundreds of products that meet HSC’s environmental standards for schools.

With the launch of this fourth edition, HSC is specially recognizing the sponsors who have supported the guide since its release in 2006:

  • Green Team Leaders:  Ecolab; EnvirOx, LLC; ProTeam; SCA Tissue North America
  • Green Team Members:  Georgia-Pacific  Professional; GOJO Industries, Inc.; PortionPac Chemical Corporation; Staples Advantage
  • Green Team Supporters:  Betco Corporation; Rochester Midland Corporation; Spartan Chemical Company, Inc.;Unisource Worldwide, Inc.
  • Green Team Affiliates:  Enviro-Solutions, Ltd.; Unger Enterprises, Inc.

Steve Ashkin, author of the guide and president of The Ashkin Group LLC, explained that the guide’s strength comes from the diverse coalition involved in its development and distribution.

“What sets the guide apart is the broad involvement it has garnered from both education leaders and corporate leaders in the cleaning industry,” said Ashkin. “The information is practical for schools and practical for the companies providing products to schools. It illustrates how green cleaning is a win-win for education and for industry, and how much sense it makes to take steps toward protecting health and our environment with a green cleaning program.”

To learn more and access the full guide, visit www.greencleanschools.org.


Corporate Green Team Sponsors

Green Team Leaders

  • Ecolab, Inc.  *
  • EnvirOx, LLC  *
  • P&G Professional
  • ProTeam *
  • SCA Tissue North America *

Green Team Members

  • Georgia-Pacific Professional *
  • GOJO Industries, Inc.  *
  • PortionPac Chemical Corporation  *
  • Staples Advantage *

 Green Team Supporters

  • Betco Corporation  *
  • Buckeye International, Inc.  
  • Chase Products Co. 
  • Multi-Clean, Inc.  
  • Rochester Midland Corporation *
  • Spartan Chemical Company, Inc. *
  • Unisource Worldwide, Inc. *

Green Team Affiliates

  • Anderson Chemical Company
  • Enviro-Solutions, Ltd.  *
  • National Chemical Laboratories, Inc.  
  • Pro-Link, Inc.
  • Sunburst Chemicals
  • Unger Enterprises, Inc. *

* Indicates that this sponsor has supported the guide in each edition since its launch in 2006.


Participating Organizations

  • American Association of School Administrators
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • American School & University
  • Association of School Business Officials International
  • Children’s Environmental Health Network
  • Coalition for Community Schools
  • Council of Educational Facility Planners International
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters – Public Services Division
  • International Executive Housekeepers Association
  • ISSA, The Experts on Cleaning and Maintenance
  • National Association of Charter School Authorizers
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • National Association of School Nurses
  • National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
  • National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education
  • National Association of State Boards of Education
  • National Education Association Health Information Network
  • National Parent Teacher Association
  • National School Plant Management Association
  • Parents for Public Schools
  • Public Education Network
  • School Nutrition Association
  • Service Employees International Union
  • U.S. Green Building Council

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