Facilities Planning

Green Cleaning Regulation Change Notification

Environmentally Sensitive Cleaning and Maintenance Products

On September 1, 2006, State Education and State Finance Laws were amended in relation to procurement and use of environmentally sensitive cleaning and maintenance products in New York State public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools.  The intent of the law was to reduce exposures of children and school district staff to potentially harmful chemicals and substances used in cleaning and maintenance of schools.

During 2008-09, the Guidelines and Specifications for the Procurement and Use of Environmentally Sensitive Cleaning and Maintenance Products for all public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools in New York State and for the procurement and use of environmentally preferred cleaning products for state agencies/public authorities in New York State were revised.   These “Green Cleaning Guidelines” have been posted for public comment before adoption.  The full text of the document is located at:

https://greencleaning.ny.gov/DraftGuidelines.asp external link icon

Comments on the proposed guidelines must be received by November 20, 2009 with respect to the issuance of the final Guidelines.  Electronic comments on this section of the guidelines should be sent to:

nysogsesu@ogs.state.ny.us

Written comments on this section of the Guidelines should be sent to:

New York State Office of General Services
Empire State Plaza-Corning Tower
Environmental Services Unit – 39th Floor
Albany, New York 12242

Last Updated: November 5, 2009