Green Seal's Green Schools

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Increasingly, educators, parents and school districts are beginning to realize the importance of improving the environmental and health performance of their schools. Green schools have a considerable impact on improving student health, the environment, student and teacher performance and decreasing operating costs.

Shifting product and service purchases to be environmentally preferable is a quick way to begin greening your school. Products that have a lower content of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and are less toxic, such as cleaning products and paint, improve the indoor air quality of schools, which in turn is better for the health and productivity of students and staff alike.

Green Seal has over twenty years of experience identifying more sustainable products and services that help green schools. Look for Green Seal-certified products and services to get started with greening your school through your purchases.

Green Seal offers a list of certified and recommended products for schools in the following categories:

  • Cleaning Products, Soaps and Personal Care Cleaning Products and Dish Soap
  • Hand Soaps, Cleansers, Lotions, Cosmetics and Personal Care Products
  • Paper Products, Office and Printing Paper
  • Tissues, Napkins, Paper Towels & Toilet Paper
  • Building Products, Lighting Products
  • Paints, Stains and Finishes
  • School Services, Green Cleaning Services
  • Green Cafeterias and Food Service Operations
  • In 2012, Green Seal, in partnership with Siemens Industry, Inc. developed a guide that provides information on best practices for cleaning procedures and products that are effective at removing contaminants without adding unwanted substances to the environment or otherwise causing harm. This document is adapted from a chapter in the Green Building Operations and Maintenance Manual. Green Cleaning Procedures and Products Guide can be accessed via the link below.

    About Green Seal
    We develop life cycle-based sustainability standards for products, services and companies and offer third-party certification for those that meet the criteria in the standard. Green Seal has been actively identifying and promoting sustainability in the marketplace, and helping organizations be greener in a real and effective way.

    Green Seal is a pioneer in promoting a sustainable economy. In 1989 there were no other environmental certification programs in the US and our founders had the foresight to recognize the need for a tool to help shoppers find truly green products. They developed the Green Seal as a non-profit to stand for absolute integrity. Over the years the reputation of the Seal brand has grown to symbolize environmental leadership, and it continues to represent unquestionably green products and services.

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    Green Seal
    Topic Areas: 
    Environmentally Preferable Products
    Target Audience: 
    Grades Pre K-12
    Geographic Location: 
    All Minnesota
    Outside Minnesota
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    <b>Green Seal Headquarters</b>
    1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW
    Suite 827
    Washington, DC 20036-5525
    Phone: 202-872-6400
    Fax: 202-872-4324

    <b>Midwest Office</b>
    517 North Segoe Road
    Suite 211
    Madison, WI 53705

    <b>Southeast Office</b>
    374 Siouan Drive
    Lexington, NC 27295-8571