Maintenance is an essential component of the
Guide to Greening Your School
because your maintenance department is on the
frontlines of so many of the issues that affect a school’s impact on
the environment. For example, maintenance staff is responsible
for the toxic effects of the cleaning products they use, for a
significant portion of how your school’s
purchasing policy is implemented, for
the environmental effects of pesticide use, and for how efficient your
The Center for Environmental Education is developing
guidance to offer your maintenance staff as they work on these
issues. We also aim to provide you with resources that will
help you maintain environmentally friendly systems and processes you
adopt in your school. Becoming a green school is not a
one-time event. Making many of the changes we advocate for in
our Guide to Greening Your School will require on-going maintenance
strategies for you to continue being green. As we research
ways to help you, please reference the links for these topics…
Water Efficiency Checklist for your school facility managers.
EPA’s Clean School Bus
USA website offers guidance in upgrading or “retrofitting” your
buses and when to replace the old buses in the fleet.
Smart purchasing decisions--
Responsible Purchasing Network tells you what to consider when
making environmentally friendly purchasing decisions for maintenance
department items such as cleaners, lights, and paint.
Hazardous waste maintenance strategies—Take the Hazard out of
Recycling operations maintenance—Recycling
Works: Facilities & Maintenance.