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California celebrates first Healthy Schools Day

April 27, 2010
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WASHINGTON — Recently, Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) worked with Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, the California Teachers Association, the Coalition for Clean Air, the Environmental Working Group and the Green Schools Initiative to declare yesterday California Healthy Schools Day, according to a press release.
According to the release, RAMP is a collaborative that promotes strategies for reducing asthma through a broad and comprehensive approach, which includes clinical management and environmental protection.
RAMP is also releasing a new tool, Green Cleaning in Schools: A Guide for Advocates, to help local advocates address indoor air quality (IAQ) at their schools, the release stated.
For the past few years, RAMP partners have focused on moving to green-certified products and supported and worked directly on both educational and policy related efforts to minimize exposure to environmental asthma triggers in California schools, the release noted.
As a result of these efforts, the California State Legislature provided official recognition to the cause and now encourages educational establishments to take proactive steps to green their buildings, the release added.
As mentioned in the release, several California districts, such as the Elk Grove Unified School District, the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District and the Fresno Unified School District, already made the switch to certified, less-toxic cleaning products and have witnessed benefits such as: Cost savings, decreased asthma triggers, improved attendance, reduced worker injuries and an overall improvement in making the school environment a healthier place to learn, work and play.
Click here to read the complete release.
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