"We don't look at petroleum-based products as being necessary or really even useful—we have found better products that are bio-based and that's what we prefer."
- Patrick Pizzo, Ph.D., Director of Facilities, East Meadow Public Schools
Green cleaning programs, using bio-based or water-based cleaning products, have become standard at many schools due to concerns about the health and safety of children, teachers and staff.
Traditional petroleum-based cleaning products often contain chemicals known to exacerbate asthma and cause other health problems. Since schools are generally cleaned every day, the cleaning process can leave behind chemical residues on surfaces and harmful particles in the air to which children are exposed.