E.L. Haynes is First Public Charter School in the Nation to Join Healthful Schools Program for Protecting Health and the Environment
E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, a local and national award-winning public charter school in Washington, DC, today announced its participation in the Healthful Schools program, a new initiative that promotes the adoption of science-based standards for cleaning to protect health and the environment. In order to qualify for the program, E.L. Haynes underwent an audit of its cleaning processes, products and equipment for compliance with the Green Seal™ GS-42 standard. Green Seal is an independent, non-profit organization that provides standards and certifications for product and service providers in the cleaning industry for cleaning to protect health and the environment.
“E.L. Haynes is committed to being a leader in the adoption and development of nationally-recognized effective practices for advancing student achievement. We believe that creating a healthier environment for our students plays a very important role in accomplishing this goal,” said Jennifer C. Niles, Founder and Head of School.
The Healthful Schools Program is part of the Healthful Buildings Partnership, a coalition of building owners, facility managers and service providers who are dedicated to promoting best practices for cleaning and health. Marion Stecklow, Executive Director of the Building Wellness Institute, performed the environmental audit for participation in the Healthful Schools program. “The E.L. Haynes facility scored the highest possible score on our audit, and is to be congratulated for taking a leadership role on a vital public health issue,” Ms. Stecklow said. Studies by the Environmental Protection Agency and Cornell Medical School have documented that adoption of high-performance green cleaning practices can reduce doctor’s visits and absenteeism in schools.
About E.L. Haynes Public Charter School
E.L. Haynes Public Charter School was founded in 2004 and has a program based on nationally recognized best practices for advancing student achievement. E.L. Haynes’ mission is for every E.L. Haynes student of every race, socioeconomic status, and home language to reach high levels of academic achievement and be prepared to succeed at the college of his or her choice. E.L. Haynes is moving steadily toward achieving this mission; in spring 2011, 90% of E.L. Haynes’ 8th graders (our oldest students) scored proficient or advanced in math and 75% scored proficient or advanced in reading.
In 2011-2012, E.L. Haynes serves 800 students in grades pre-school through 9 and will grow, adding a grade each year, until it serves students in grades pre-school through 12. E.L. Haynes is the first year-round public school in Washington, DC and is named for Dr. Euphemia Lofton Haynes, the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate in mathematics, a teacher in the District of Columbia''s school system for 47 years, and the first woman to serve as President of the District of Columbia Board of Education. In June 2011, E.L. Haynes was the recipient of the CityBridge Foundation’s first-ever Strong Schools Award. In April 2008, E.L. Haynes was chosen from DC’s 56 charter schools as the winner of Fight for Children’s first-ever Quality Schools Initiative Award. In 2008, 2009, and 2010, E.L. Haynes was named a Silver Award winning school in through New Leaders for New Schools’ Effective Practice grant program, ranking as a top school among a consortium of nearly 150 charter schools nationwide. www.elhaynes.org
ABOUT THE HEALTHFUL BUILDINGS PARTNERSHIP
The Healthful Buildings Partnership is a coalition of building owners and managers dedicated to maintaining the highest standards for protecting health and the environment. Membership is open to facilities managers for office buildings, schools, public facilities and others who abide by leading national standards for protecting health and the environment set by Green Seal™ and the U.S. Green Building Council™. Compliance with these standards is assured through periodic audits conducted by the Building Wellness Institute. www.healthfulpartners.com
ABOUT THE BUILDING WELLNESS INSTITUTE
The Building Wellness Institute helps facility managers, building owners, building service contractors, and environmental services staff protect the health and comfort of their building occupants through comprehensive training, consulting and assessment programs. Our training programs and services, delivered by seasoned professionals with cross-discipline expertise in occupational and environmental medicine, public health, industrial hygiene, toxicology, and chemical engineering, are designed to facilitate GS-42 certification, gain points toward LEED certification, and support a wide range of environmental wellness goals. www.buildingwellness.com
ABOUT GREEN SEAL INC.
Green Seal, a non-profit based in Washington D.C., has been identifying products and services that protect the environment and human health since 1989. The Green Seal mark appears on over 3600 environmentally responsible products and services, and Green Seal is accredited by the American National Standards Institute. The independent organization focuses on certification to its leadership standards, avoiding any conflict of interest that may arise from recommending products or consulting with applicants. For more information and a list of all Green Seal-certified products and services, visit www.GreenSeal.org.