Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 is a very important day. It is Green Apple Day of Service and I believe the professional cleaning industry should start planning now so that they can play an even bigger role in Green Apple Day than ever before.
As explained by Emily Riordan of the USGBC, Green Apple Day of Service is designed for students, their parents, teachers, and the community at large to get involved in and even host a number of projects and services to improve the health and cleanliness of school facilities.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, as many as half of America’s schools are reported to have polluted air. Further, when discussing one Texas school restroom, a reporter recently commented, “Walking into one of the school restrooms is similar to walking onto a crime scene: the smell is overwhelming and you always fear what is lingering behind closed doors.”
According to Riordan, our students, teachers, parents, and communities deserve better. “Green Apple Day of Service puts the power to transform these places into the hands of the people that know them best: students, staff, and community.”
There are a multitude of ways we can take advantage of Green Apple Day, helping school administrators, students, and teachers operate their facilities in a Greener and healthier manner. In fact, they want this help and guidance from us. Who else is there as qualified as our industry?”
I suggest that distributors and cleaning contractors contact local schools and offer their time and assistance and expertise in three key areas:
Education: For more than a decade there have been articles and studies on how Green Cleaning can help protect student health and improve student performance. “We must make sure students, teachers, and especially parents are well aware of this. Invariably it is the parents who are the driving force for Greener and healthier schools,” says Ashkin.
Sustainability: We can no longer talk about Green Cleaning without talking about sustainability. “The two are completely intertwined today,” according to Ashkin. “Green cleaning products are made from renewable resources, so we are able to reduce not only cleaning’s impact on the environment but our dependence on petroleum and other ingredients that are in limited supply.”
Recycling: Many schools still do not have effective recycling programs in place. We need to raise awareness, especially among children, about why recycling is important and the roles they can play in reducing waste.
There are many more ways to get involved. Possibly the best thing distributors and contractors should do is simply ask, how can we help make your school cleaner and healthier?
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