In August 2005, Gov. George Pataki signed a bill into law that would require all buildings and grounds at all public and private elementary and secondary schools to implement green cleaning. According to reports in The Warwick Advertiser, districts had until this school year to incorporate the new procedures.

One district's superintendent of buildings and grounds comments that "the change should be seamless." Another says "it will be a gradual implementation," but districts can continue to use up the existing supplies before incorporating green products. According to reports, the new law is perceived as a good thing. These janitors have seen prices remain steady and they know they are doing something to help the environment. Schools that have successfully made the change comment that there is less waste and lower costs to the new programs.

According to the report, Green Seal or Environmental Choice must certify all products used by the district.

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