The green cleaning initiative at ISU is ahead of state mandates which do not require cooperation from higher education facilities. The initiative began July 1, 2010, and it is meant to create a healthier, cleaner, and safer environment for faculty, staff, and students. Employees have been trained on how, when, and what environmental-friendly materials to use for cleaning ISU facilities.
The Green Cleaning Schools Act (Public Act 095-0084) became effective August 13, 2007. The act requires the use of environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products in all Illinois public and non-public elementary and secondary schools with 50 or more students.
All Illinois schools must comply with a set of requirements and also are strongly encouraged to follow recommendations related to the school’s cleaning and maintenance products.
Green cleaning practices allow building occupants to enjoy a healthier indoor environment and reduces the likelihood of illnesses associated with poor indoor air quality. The use of more environmentally sensitive products also helps to protect water quality and reduce waste.
Products must meet one of these standards: