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Healthy Schools Campaign (Hsc)

Project Information

Award Amount:$0.00
Dollars Leveraged:$0.00
Start-End Dates:3/1/03-2/1/05
Description:The goal of the project was to promote a district wide green cleaning policy in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and identify other school districts in the state interested in green cleaning. The project was divided into three phases. In Phase One, which took place from March until August 2003, we convened a Green Clean Taskforce. In Phase Two, which took place from September 2003 until January 2004, we conducted pilot projects. In Phase Three, we evaluated the results of the pilot projects, made recommendation to the CPS Board of Education, and laid the groundwork for a statewide green clean effort.

District wide Green Clean Policy for Chicago Public Schools.
On March 23, 2005, the Chicago Public School Board of Directors adopted a single source purchasing initiative for cleaning products which includes, among other more conventional products, those that meet the Green Seal standard. This policy affects 600 schools serving 430,000 students predominantly from low-income African American and Hispanic families and over 2,600 janitorial workers. The policy is expected to be implemented in the 2005-06 school year.

· Successfully launched pilot projects in nine CPS schools ranging in size, geography, and type: Addams, Carson, Crane, Cuffe, Earhart, Mason, Peck, Peterson, and Simeon.
· Arranged for chemical inventories in each of the schools performed by either the engineer or CPS Operations staff.
· Linked each school with a vendor that could supply them with new and/or green cleaning products and equipment.
· Arranged for vendors to provide training to the engineers and/or custodians on how to use these products.
· Gathered information and other assessments that might have occurred to evaluate the pilot project results in phase three.
· Involved and educated teachers, engineers and administrators through inclusion in meetings, communication through green clean newsletters, and introductions to vendors.

· Upon completion of the pilot projects, we began an evaluation process of our experience which led us to the following conclusions:

· Cleaning chemicals are being used that place students, staff, and custodians at unnecessary risk.
· Nationally recognized standards exist that make it easy to identify green cleaning products and equipment.
· Green cleaning products are widely available—they perform well and are cost competitive.
· Specific steps are important for a smooth implementation of green cleaning in a school.
· Training is a critical issue in success (and perhaps the single most important issue).
· Training from vendors varied widely, but potentially represented an enormous asset.
· Conducted a training day for 190 CPS building engineers on green cleaning products and techniques during 11 different workshops that covered topics such as custodial staff management techniques, integrated pest management, recycling, and purchasing.
· Submitted a Taskforce recommendation to the CPS Board of Education for a comprehensive district-wide green cleaning policy. While the policy has not yet been adopted, elements of it (specifically, Green Seal products) have been incorporated into the district’s new purchasing initiative. This initiative sets standards for cleaning products and requires building engineers to purchase from pre-approved vendors.
· Met with CPS administrators, city officials, union representatives, and current CPS vendors on a continual basis to raise awareness of the need for green cleaning.
· Developed a vendor survey to be administered during 2005 to determine how many building engineers changed their purchasing habits as a result of the building engineer training program that we conducted. This is essential for evaluating the impact of our previous work, providing a benchmark to evaluate future activity and measuring the decrease in the amount of conventional cleaners used in CPS.
· Developed plans for 2005 that include building on our experience and creating a learning community for building engineers who have begun purchasing Green Seal certified products and developing a CPS Green Clean Handbook for building engineers.


  • Action and Resource Guide for Healthy Schools
    The guide summarizes the federal and state laws relating to school environmental health in an easy to use format including, among other topics, information about green cleaning. The Resource Guide, which is already in its second printing, has been endorsed by the Illinois Attorney General and will be distributed to over 2,000 school officials.

Funding Organizations

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are funding this project.

Chicago Public Schools - Primary Contact

125 S Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603
p: 773.553.1000
There are no individuals in this organization
associated with this project.

Healthy Schools Campaign - Primary Contact

205 West Monroe
4th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60606
p: 312/419-1810
f: 312/419-1806
Individual Contacts
  • Rochelle Davis

The Delta Institute - Primary Contact

53 W Jackson Blvd
Suite 230
Chicago, Illinois 60604
p: 312/554-0900
There are no individuals in this organization
associated with this project.

U.S. EPA Region 5 - Primary Contact

77 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illinois 60604
p: 312-353-2000
Individual Contacts

Organizations Receiving Funding

There is no organization designated as receiving funding for this project.


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