CARSON CITY — The State of Nevada has taken a decidedly different approach in its green cleaning legislation.
As passed by both the Nevada Senate and House of Representatives, and awaiting the signature of Governor Jim Gibbons, SB 185 would require all public K-12 schools to use environmentally sensitive cleaning and maintenance products in the cleaning of all floor surfaces only.
In an apparent compromise to obtain passage, the legislation was amended to mandate green cleaning for floor surfaces only.
However, the legislation does allow the board of trustees of a school district to use environmentally sensitive cleaning products on surfaces other than just flooring.
Under SB 185, the Department of Education, in consultation with other stakeholders, including industry, are required to adopt regulations that set forth the "…standards for environmentally sensitive cleaning and maintenance products for use in the cleaning of all floor surfaces in the public schools."
These regulations shall not preclude the use of disinfectants and sanitizers when necessary to protect the health and welfare of students. In addition, the Department would be required to provide each school district with a list of products that meet those environmental standards.
The bill allows schools to opt out of implementing a green cleaning program for floor surfaces if it would place an undue economic burden on the school.