WESTBURY, NY — Although the East Meadow School District
began to use green cleaning methods in 2005, the program grew substantially in spring 2008 with the appointment of Patrick Pizzo as director of facilities and operations, according to American School & University
Shortly after his appointment, Pizzo met with the district''s cleaning committee to explore additional methods to be introduced, the article stated.
Soon after, Pizzo met with students, head custodians and local government officials to begin a bottle-recycling program throughout the district, the article noted.
According to the article, Pizzo meets on a monthly basis with all head custodians in the district: In addition to discussing custodial procedures and issues and providing training in topics such as boiler maintenance, CPR and safety, vendors are invited to demonstrate new cleaning products and methods.
Although the district has made great strides in providing a safe and healthful environment for its students and teachers, Pizzo is not satisfied with the status quo: Under his direction, the district is exploring several new options, including solar panels and wind power, as well as a number of energy-conservation projects, the article added.