Unisource Worldwide, Inc. announced its sponsorship of the Healthy Schools Campaign. A key initiative of this ongoing national awareness campaign is encouraging schools throughout the United States to convert to green cleaning practices.

“We are proud to become one of only three companies designated as Green Team Leaders in this important nationwide effort to make our schools healthier,” said Nancy Geisler, Unisource’s Director for the Respect™ Program. “We will be working together with Healthy Schools Campaign leadership to educate school officials about cleaning methods and products that are less toxic and more environmentally friendly.” Corporate campaign sponsors must demonstrate that they offer products that meet rigorous standards of credentialing organizations such as Green Seal, among others.

Unisource recently launched a complete line of Respect™ “green” cleaning products that offer schools and other facilities environmental and cost-saving solutions to their cleaning needs. The Respect™ products have earned Green Seal® certification for environmental and worker safety and have also been rigorously tested by a panel of cleaning experts to ensure they meet the highest performance standards including cleaning effectiveness, ease of application, and overall economy of use. With the addition of this new line, Unisource now offers green alternatives for every kind of facility cleaning and sanitary product.

The mission of the Healthy Schools Campaign is to advocate for policies and model programs that allow students and staff members to learn and work in a healthy school environment. The Campaign is working with school districts and national school stakeholder organizations, such as the National PTA, Association of School Business Officials and the American School Administrators

Association, to help schools adopt green cleaning policies and programs.  A comprehensive green cleaning policy includes:

• Use of safe and environmentally friendly cleaning products.
• Use of equipment that reduces the need for cleaning solutions and promotes healthy indoor air.
• Adoption of cleaning procedures that reduce exposure.
• Use of recycled paper products.