News release: Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell has signed legislation that requires local and regional school districts to use green cleaning products in schools. The helping to ensure a healthier air quality for students, faculty and staff. School districts must have a green cleaning program in place by July 1, 2011. The environmentally preferable products must meet nationally certified guidelines and be approved by the state Department of Administrative Services. They include products used for general-purpose cleaning; bathroom, glass and carpet cleaners; hand cleaners and soaps; floor finishers and strippers.
MAY 2009...from The Boston Globe: The Connecticut Senate has unanimously approved a bill requiring school districts to adopt "green cleaning" methods similar to those already in place in Illinois and New York and individual districts in other states. Connecticut's House of Representatives approved the measure this month, and it now goes to Gov. M. Jodi Rell for her signature. The law would take effect July 1, 2011, and would bar school districts from using cleaning products that contain various toxic substances. That deadline gives districts time to use the products already on hand rather than throwing them away. Supporters say the law will improve indoor air quality and help safeguard the health of students, teachers and custodians.
From Newsday: A coalition of Connecticut health advocacy groups is asking lawmakers to require all public schools in the state to use environmentally friendly cleaning products. A bill awaiting action in the Connecticut House of Representatives would bar school districts from using products that contain various toxic substances. Connecticut already requires green cleaning practices for all state-owned buildings, including its universities and vocational-technical schools. Supporters say expanding the rules to public schools would improve indoor air quality and help safeguard the health of students, teachers and custodians.