|Public Act 095-0084
||LRB095 07718 NHT 27876 b
AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Cleaning Schools Act.
Children are vulnerable
to and may be severely affected by exposure to chemicals,
hazardous waste, and other environmental hazards. The Federal
Environmental Protection Agency estimates that human exposure
to indoor air pollutants can be 2 to 5 times and up to 100 times
higher than outdoor levels. Children, teachers, janitors, and
other staff members spend a significant amount of time inside
school buildings and are continuously exposed to chemicals from
cleaners, waxes, deodorizers, and other maintenance products.
Use of green cleaning supplies.
By no later
than 90 days after implementation of the guidelines and
specifications established under Section 15 of this Act or
thereafter when it is economically feasible, all elementary and
secondary public schools and all elementary and secondary
non-public schools with 50 or more students shall establish a
green cleaning policy and exclusively purchase and use
environmentally-sensitive cleaning products pursuant to the
guidelines and specifications established under Section 15 of
this Act. However, a school may deplete its existing cleaning
and maintenance supply stocks and implement the new
requirements in the procurement cycle for the following school
For the purposes of this Section, adopting a green cleaning
policy is not economically feasible if such adoption would
result in an increase in the cleaning costs of the school. If
adopting a green cleaning policy is not economically feasible,
the school must provide annual written notification to the
Illinois Green Government Coordinating Council (IGGCC), on a
form provided by the IGGCC, that the development and
implementation of a green cleaning policy is not economically
feasible until such time that it is economically feasible.
Green cleaning supply guidelines and
The Illinois Green Government Coordinating
Council (IGGCC) shall, in consultation with the Department of
Public Health, the State Board of Education, regional offices
of education, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency,
and a panel of interested stakeholders, including cleaning
product industry representatives, non-governmental
organizations, and others, establish and amend on an annual
basis guidelines and specifications for
environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products
for use in school facilities. The IGGCC shall provide multiple
avenues by which cleaning products may be determined to be
environmentally-sensitive under the guidelines. Guidelines and
specifications must be established after a review and
evaluation of existing research and must be completed no later
than 180 days after the effective date of this Act. Guidelines
and specifications may include implementation practices,
including inspection. The completed guidelines and
specifications must be posted on the IGGCC's Internet website.
Dissemination to schools.
(a) Upon the completion of the guidelines and
specifications under Section 15 of this Act, the IGGCC shall
provide each regional office of education and each elementary
or secondary non-public school with 50 or more students in this
State with the guidelines and specifications. Each regional
office of education shall immediately disseminate the
guidelines and specifications to every public school in the
educational service region. Regional offices of education and
the IGGCC shall provide on-going assistance to schools to carry
out the requirements of this Act.
(b) In the event that the guidelines and specifications
under Section 15 of this Act are updated by the IGGCC, the
IGGCC shall provide the updates to each regional office of
education for immediate dissemination to each public school.
Additionally, the IGGCC shall post all updated materials on its