Ridgefield School Green Clean Recognition Program
Program Coordinator Name: JoAnn Duncan, MS, Tools for Schools Facilitator/Coordinator & George Teri-Savage, Facilities Supervisor
When did you begin a shift to green clean practices?
2006-2007 school year
What environmentally preferable products are currently in use in schools in your district? Are they certified by a third party such as Green Seal?
We use Butcher's G Force in all different dilutions for all cleaning in the schools (counter surfaces, windows, etc) See table below.
What green clean equipment and procedures are being implemented?
Who participates in your green clean program? (i.e. number of schools, members on your TFS teams like nurses, custodians and parents, etc.) What role do they play in this process?
Ten schools. Every school has a Tools for Schools Team with 5 members: administrator, nurse, head custodian, teacher and parent.
How do you evaluate the effectiveness of the green clean program?
By the lessening of complaints by building occupants, more compliments, less visible dust. Facilities Supervisor does regular building inspections.
What were some initial obstacles to switching to a green clean approach? How did you overcome these obstacles?
Custodial staff was resistant to change and new products. Many did not like the micro fiber mops. Vendors helped with smooth transition by training and communication. It was explained how harmful old products are; how much better less toxic products are for their health and well being.
What benefits are you experiencing as a result of a green clean program? (i.e. cost and/or health benefits)
The buildings are cleaner. Less airborne dust re-covering surfaces (micro fiber products adhere the dust)
What recommendations would you make to other school districts and indoor environmental quality teams considering a green clean approach?
Just do it! The benefits outweigh any potential obstacles they would face.
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