GREEN CLEANING WEBSITE:
This new website provides schools and state agencies with information, resources and tools to plan and implement a comprehensive green cleaning program customized to their community and site-specific needs. Studies show that when schools adopt green cleaning practices, children's exposure to harmful cleaning chemicals and substances is reduced. Green cleaning, when practiced by more and more school and government facilities, will also make a significant difference for the environment.
The Green Cleaning Program website approaches facility maintenance and cleaning as interrelated with the health of individuals, communities, and the environment. This is reflected in the Five Steps to a Green Cleaning Program section of the website that details how to design a successful program. The five steps are: Groundwork; Assessments; Planning; Implementation; and Evaluation. In support of the Five Steps, the website features:
- Green Cleaning Best Practices;
- OGS-Approved Green Cleaning Products List;
- Customizable Templates and Documents; and
- Interactive Online Training (coming soon).
In addition, OGS staff worked to establish standards for the procurementof green cleaning products. Some green cleaning products are availablenow for schools to purchase from OGS centralized procurement contracts,and others will come in the future. More information can be found at https://greencleaning.ny.gov/products.asp
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