Greening The Cleaning
patakid2Hackensack, NJ, January 5, 2005 – New York Governor George Pataki recognized Deirdre Imus in his State of the State address today for her time and energy in raising awareness of the hazards of chemical cleaning products.
“I’d like to thank a great New Yorker who has devoted a tremendous amount of her time and energy to raising awareness of the hazards of chemical cleaning products. Deirdre Imus, thank you for joining us today, and for all your hard work to protect our environment and our children.”
The Governor also issued an Executive Order today requiring all state agencies and authorities to begin using non-toxic cleaning products that are free of harmful chemicals, and announced he also would submit legislation later in the session requiring all schools in the State to do the same.
Mrs. Imus is director and founder of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology® --part of Hackensack University Medical Center, a not-for-profit corporation -- that developed the award-winning “Greening the Cleaning®” program. All profits go toward research to better understand the environmental causes of cancer and to support children with cancer.
The environmental center’s specific mission is to identify, control, and ultimately prevent environmental factors that cause adult, and especially, pediatric cancer. “Greening the Cleaning” means eliminating to the greatest extent possible, all cleaning agents containing hazardous ingredients and replacing them with environmentally friendly, non-toxic products that utilize natural or naturally-derived ingredients.
Immediate Benefit
“Governor Pataki is one of those leading the way in this country on a range of quality-of-life environmental initiatives. In our meeting last spring, he recognized that while new environmental legislation takes time, implementing a cleaning initiative could offer immediate benefits. Naturally, we openly shared our knowledge and successes,” Mrs. Imus said.
The Greening the Cleaning program is one of the center’s most successful educational and outreach programs to date. More than 40 healthcare facilities, businesses and schools have implemented the program since 2001, all with direct savings in cleaning costs. In New York, that includes two private schools in New York City, two major medical centers, and a government facility.
In October, the Red Bank Borough Public School District became the first school in New Jersey to adopt the “Greening the Cleaning” program. The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology is now introducing the program to schools throughout New York and New Jersey.
In 2001, The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology instituted a hospital-wide "Greening the Cleaning" initiative at Hackensack University Medical Center to replace potentially toxic cleaning products with more environmentally friendly products. For their efforts, the environmental center and HUMC were awarded The Phillip M. Scanlan Environmental Award from Quality New Jersey (QNJ), and recognized in 2001 by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) with the Environmental Award for Excellence.
Hackensack University Medical Center, a teaching and research hospital affiliated with The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state of New Jersey.
For more information about “Greening the Cleaning,” visit or call The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center at 551-996-8071.
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