In an effort to create safer and healthier learning environments, a new Vermont law requires the use of environmentally preferable cleaning products and practices in public schools.
Effective July 1, 2012, distributors of cleaning products must sell only environmentally preferable cleaning products to Vermont public schools, and they must train school personnel in the use of the products at no cost to the school districts.
In essence, the law requires the use of green-certified general-purpose cleaners, bathroom cleaners, glass cleaners, carpet cleaners, floor care products, and hand soaps in public schools. It also prohibits the use of chemical air fresheners unless they have been green certified by an independent third party.
Because the toxic chemicals commonly found in conventional cleaning supplies pollute the indoor air quality for students and staff and have been linked to a myriad of negative health effects—including asthma and cancer—a number of states around the country have similar mandates or guidelines regarding the use of green cleaning supplies in state facilities and/or public schools. Advocates and industry experts agree that green products are as affordable and effective as their conventional counterparts.
Colchester School District began the transition to environmentally friendly cleaning products long before this law was enacted; as we mentioned in our “A Peek at Some of CSD’s Green Initiatives” feature last summer, in addition to the efforts the district has made toward implementing more ecologically responsible cleaning products in our facilities, we also work closely with Chittenden Solid Waste District in order to increase our recycling efforts.
For questions about the green cleaning law’s impact on CSD, please e-mail Business and Operations Manager George Trieb or call (802) 264-5999.
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