By Laura Fillenwarth
On April 23, 2010, Iowa’s governor signed legislation passed by the Iowa General Assembly requiring public schools, community colleges, institutions under control of the state board, and state agencies to comply with an environmentally preferable cleaning and maintenance policy. This is a victory for safe, healthy schools in this Midwest state and one step closer to making green cleaning the norm in schools.
The bill, House File 823, requires that these institutions only purchase products that meet nationally recognized green standards by July 12, 2010; schools will be provided resources about the environmentally preferable cleaning and maintenance products to be used.
HSC supports state-level green cleaning legislation to promote healthy indoor environments for these students and staff, reduce chemical exposure, cut back on waste and improve sustainability efforts. In 2007, HSC brought together a coalition to successfully advocate for a policy that made Illinois the second state in the nation (after New York) to require green cleaning in schools.
Congratulations to the state of Iowa for making their schools a healthier place for students to learn and staff to work!
To learn more about green cleaning, check out HSC’s Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools. To learn about bringing a green clean schools policy to your state, contact us or consider being part of the Green Clean Schools National Summit in Sept. 2010.