Cleaning for Health Toolkit
schools clean is a tough job. Schools are densely occupied, used for
each day, and foot traffic brings in and stirs up dirt and dust.
cleaning chemicals can add to indoor air pollution and may create health
hazards to both cleaning staff and students, especially those with
asthma. We can have schools that are clean and also promote
student, staff, visitor and environmental health.
Green cleaning is the use of environmentally-friendly materials and practices to clean for the health of building occupants and the environment. According to the Healthy Schools Campaign, 56 million students and 6 million staff are in schools daily. In schools, the quality of the indoor air is often worse than that of outdoor air. A good cleaning program can help improve air quality and reduce health problems in schools.
City Schools is required to use green cleaning products under Maryland state law and under Administrative Regulation ADG-RC - Green Cleaning. This page provides resources and tools for school leaders, staff and contract custodians, and partners.
For more information, contact:
Blaine Lipski, Director, Facilities Maintenance and Operations
Joanna Pi-Sunyer, Green Schools Coordinator