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Greening Your School

Kids_walking_IMG9518001cropYou have the power to protect your children from poisons, in and out of the classroom.  As vital as it is for parents to instill in kids a thirst for knowledge, we must also be mindful of our children’s health at school and at home. Read more


Impacts of Indoor Dust on K-12 Students

kids_in_class_cropAs winter approaches, students will spend more time inside exposed to indoor dust, a reservoir for allergens, chemicals, bacteria, and viruses. Exposure to indoor dust hazards in K–12 schools is particularly important as children ingest more dust compared to adults and are more vulnerable to potential health effects from dust exposure due to their developing neurological, immune, respiratory, and reproductive systems.  Read more



old_school_classroom_shutterstock_295505420_recoloredEliminating Lead Risks in Schools and Childcare Facilities

This report was supported by the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. Any opinions and conclusions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of contributing individuals, organizations, or funders of the Health Impact Project. Read more


classmatesSustainable Jersey For Schools

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for New Jersey public schools that want to go green, conserve resources and take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time. Launched in fall 2014, we are a nonprofit organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward schools as they pursue sustainability programs. Read more

girl_cleaning_chalkboard_shutterstock_248555125Green Schools Initiative

The Green Schools Initiative was founded in 2004 by parent-environmentalists who were shocked by how un-environmental their kids' schools were and mobilized to improve the environmental health and ecological sustainability of schools in the U.S. Read more


kids_park_shutterstock_197363645_croppedHealthy Schools Network

Founded in 1995, Healthy Schools Network is an award winning 501c3 that has fostered the national healthy school environments movement. It is widely recognized as the nation’s leading voice for children’s environmental health at school. As an EPA and CDC partner, its expertise is also recognized by Congress, NGOs, university centers, NGOs, and the media. Read more


shutterstock_141945724Environmental Education and Sustainability in U.S. Public Schools.

Environmental education and sustainability practices in schools have been emerging as an important trend in 21st century education, and a growing body of research and practice indicates that green schools can save money, improve health, and boost academic achievement. Learn more



greening_your_school-1According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than 60 million Americans — one-fifth of the population — spend their days inside school buildings as students, faculty, staff and administration.

We all have fond memories of school – classmates, favorite activities. School makes a life-long impression on each of us, because it is the time in our lives when we can enjoy freedom and growth.
Yet during this stage, students are also most susceptible to toxins that exist in their schools, as a result of many commonly-used products, from cleaning agents to pesticides. Fortunately, there are green alternatives available, such as our own line of institutional Greening The Cleaning® products, in use in numerous school districts and successfully tested for New York City schools. Our program is also leading the way on standards for health and safety. (See how our stringent product standards stack up.)


Peter_backpack_school_2Green Your Kid's School

7 Secrets To Getting It Done  
Ask your school principal or administrator for the product name of all the cleaning supplies used. Ask to see the full list of ingredients. You have the right to ask and know.  If they use products that don't list all ingredients then it isn't a green product. You want to know what chemicals if any your child is being exposed to.
Our GTC products have full disclosure of all ingredients and don't contain chemicals that are carcinogenic, neurotoxicants, hormone or endocrine distruptors.


Cleaning_Products_cropHealthier Back To School Shopping

As parents across the country send their kids back to school, the isles of big-box stores become crowded with shoppers picking up everything from file folders to snacks. While price may be an issue, considering what products are healthiest for our children may be critical in the long run. Read more



Marco_Marissa_Yoga_Untitled-16 Back-to-School Tips for Healthier Kids

It all happens so quickly. One minute you’re dropping the kids off at day camp and the next you’re sitting in an aisle of your local drugstore, staring at the shiny new binders, No. 2 pencils, and superhero-themed backpacks. Learn more




The National "Greening Your Schools" Program

Through our national "Greening Your Schools" program, The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center is helping schools adopt more eco-friendly cleaning and maintenance practices.

See article in USA Today:
"Deirdre Imus Helps Schools Go Green"  

Students and all who work in the school benefit from improvements to indoor air, especially those who suffer from asthma or other respiratory problems.  Our Center's mission is to help reduce or eliminate toxins from the environment.   Our award-winning Greening The Cleaning® program makes it easy to start -- with environmentally responsible alternatives to toxic cleaning products.

Greening The Cleaning® products work as good or better than traditional cleaners and help lower cleaning costs.

100% of all profits from our institutional products go to The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® for supporting the GTC Greening The Cleaning® program in addition to funding education and research to identify, control and ultimately prevent toxic exposures in the environment that threaten our children’s health.


Last updated 10-13-2021

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