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York schools honored for 'green cleaning' methods

July 07, 2010
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YORK, ME — The York School District custodial department was recently awarded a Green Difference Award by Project Green Schools for the year 2010, according to the Seacoast.
The award was presented to school district Facilities Director Zak Harding at the Project Green Schools annual Green Difference Awards event at the Genzyme Center in Cambridge, MA, the article noted.
The school district was one of three presented the award for Excellence in Green Cleaning. Harding was presented the award by Robin Organ, founder and executive director of Project Green Schools, the article stated.
According to the article, Project Green Schools is a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization that focuses on improving the health of schools and students by offering education programs on green principles to youths and promoting responsible environmental stewardship to children.
Schools that practice green cleaning can affect the overall health of students and staff, and help reduce absenteeism through the creation of a healthier and safer educational environment, the article added.
Harding and his custodial staff at the York schools began implementing a green cleaning program in spring 2009: The effort involved converting products to Green Seal-approved chemicals and paper, changing cleaning procedures to improve results and reducing cleaning chemicals used in the schools, the article concluded.
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