Large Canadian School District Goes Green
December 16, 2008
Peterborough, ON─December 16, 2008─The
Kawartha Pine Ridge School District School Board, based in Peterborough,
Ontario, is the latest major school district in North America to adopt Green
cleaning systems and products.
According to Colin Munro, Manager of Operations for the
district, the change will be implemented in January 2009.
The district educates more than 35,000 students in 77
elementary schools and 16 secondary schools. Including its administrative
offices, it has more than 4.5 million square feet of space, and uses nearly
90,000 gallons of cleaning chemicals annually, including floor finishes,
general purpose cleaners, degreasers and disinfectants.
“We realize that, given our size, we have a huge impact on
the environment, as well as on thousands of people,” says Munro. “And we want
to do what we can to reduce our carbon footprint.”
To get this change underway, the district distributed a
“request for proposals” to major North American jansan manufacturers and
distributors. Munro says the document explained “our dream and what we wanted
to do as far as going Green.”
A number of companies responded to the request; those responding
were then narrowed down to a small group that the district believed could best
meet their needs.
“Over several weeks, we tested the Green-certified products
of these companies in multiple school locations,” says Munro. “We also were
looking for a manufacturer and distributor dedicated to Green cleaning that
could help us with training and support.”
Mike Sawchuk, Vice President and General Manager of
Enviro-Solutions-the company that eventually won the district’s contract-says
this is the way the transfer process should be handled.
“We encourage clients to set up a ‘challenge,’ take their
time and test the products in real-life situations,” says Sawchuk. “The end
customer wants Green products, but they also must perform.
Munro expects more school districts in Canada and North
America to adopt Green cleaning. “We tend to be in the forefront, a year or two
ahead of other districts,” he said. “But this Green direction is moving forward