Cleaning & Restoration Breaking News

Missouri Joins States Requiring Green Cleaning in Schools

July 11, 2008 – With Governor Matt Blunt’s signature on July 11, Missouri became the third state in the nation, after New York and Illinois, to require green cleaning in schools.

Healthy Schools Campaign deputy director Mark Bishop explained that the Missouri legislation – along with similar laws passed in Illinois in 2007 and New York in 2006 – represents the beginning of a national movement toward protecting children’s health through green cleaning.

 “We’re excited to see that state leaders are beginning to understand the connection between a healthy indoor environment and a quality education,” he said. “With Missouri becoming the third state to pass such health promoting legislation, we believe that green cleaning will become the standard in schools across the country within the next few years.”

 Healthy Schools Campaign supported advocates in Missouri after bringing together the coalition that successfully advocated for similar legislation in Illinois in 2007.

 Green cleaning, defined as cleaning to protect health without harming the environment, reduces children’s exposure to irritants and toxic chemicals while protecting the health of custodial staff who work closely with the supplies.

 Green cleaning advocate Gary Walker, who worked closely with bill sponsor Sen. Kevin Engler in developing the legislation, said that his interest in putting forth the law was prompted by a desire to make green cleaning the norm in all the nation’s schools.

 “After I witnessed New York and Illinois take action, it encouraged me to do the same in Missouri with the hope that it would spread to the rest of the country,” he said. “I wanted to create a green momentum that would encourage the rest of the nation to remove toxic chemicals from our schools.”

 To learn more about green cleaning in schools or to order your free copy of Healthy Schools Campaign’s Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools, visit

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to i Cleaning Specialist Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

The 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition

A look in photos at the 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition, which was held from April 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center and Spa in Frisco, Texas.


Beginning April 21, Google will start judging websites based on their mobile friendliness. What exactly does this mean to you cleaning website? Find out in the latest edition of The Hitman Advertising Show, which will also cover tips and suggestions on getting mobile compliant.
More Podcasts

ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine


2015 April

The April ICS issue features content on concrete polishing, green cleaning, air duct cleaning, injection sprayers and new products.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Janitorial Work

In addition to residential and commercial carpet cleaning, do you do any janitorial work on the side?
View Results Poll Archive


The Carpet Cleaner's Book of Unlimited Success! (ebook)

Don’t worry about the recession or about your competition.  Now you can be the owner of over 400 ways for carpet cleaning professionals to make more money and get more jobs!

More Products


Director_Buyer.jpgThe premier resource and reference guide for the cleaning and restoration industries.

Click here to view


facebook_40.png twitter_40px.png youtube_40px.png


Truckmount.jpgEquipment listings and specifications from the leading industry manufacturers.

Click here to view