A collaboration between the Green Cleaning Network, Healthy Schools Campaign and American School & University (AS&U) magazine has just launched the first Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities. Modeled after AS&U's highly successful and prestigious Architectural Portfolio Awards Program, this award offers an opportunity for janitorial product manufacturers, distributors and service providers to help their customers in educational institutions gain recognition for exemplary Green Cleaning programs.

"The goal of the award is to identify and recognize schools and universities that have gone beyond simply making Green product choices," said Steve Ashkin, Executive Director of the Green Cleaning Network. "Although products are important, exemplary programs go much further — they include policies, procedures, training, shared responsibility and other efforts that result in an effective cleaning program that minimizes harmful impacts on the health of building occupants and custodians and on the environment as a whole."

"Companies that provide Green Cleaning products and services should encourage their qualifying schools to apply," said Rochelle Davis, Executive Director of the Healthy Schools Campaign. "The Award particularly seeks to recognize teams involved in implementing Green Cleaning programs, and vendors will be spotlighted along with administrators, custodians, parents and others who are helping to create healthier schools for students and staff."

The criteria for the Award are modeled on The Quick and Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools, published by the Healthy Schools Campaign. For copies, click here.

The competition is open to all types and sizes of education institutions.  The application process for the first Awards is simple and may be completed either online or by mail or fax. Entrants must identify what makes their program truly innovative by responding to a series of short questions, the majority of which

Award winners will be profiled in the December issue of American School & University magazine. The deadline for submissions is mid-September.  For more information or to apply, click here.