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Environmental Update

Environmental stewardship is thriving in Regional School District No. 6.  We have initiated a comprehensive cleaning program in each of our schools using a line of environmentally preferred products that directly contribute to a cleaner environment, improved indoor air quality & worker safety while providing a healthier environment for our students, staff & visitors.  We have consolidated numerous cleaning products down to a few to handle our various cleaning tasks without sacrificing the cleanliness of our buildings.
We are addressing the concern that our children’s vulnerability to toxic exposures at school, including cleaning products in the classroom, pesticides on the grounds, and diesel fumes from idling school buses are reduced and eventually eliminated.  We want to assure that the safety and health of our children is being accounted for while they are in our care.

We encourage focusing on the 3 R’s (Reduce-Reuse-Recycle), which also includes “closing the loop”, by committing to purchase paper products made with 100% chlorine-free recycled fiber content.  Each ton of recycled paper saves 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of electricity, and 7,000 gallons of water.

Programs that increase indoor environmental quality have been proven to reduce absenteeism by 23%.
The majority of our cleaning products we use to maintain bathrooms, floors, and vertical surfaces are biodegradable & non-toxic.  They are free of chlorine bleach, phosphates, & petroleum by-products.  These products are also certified by an independent 3rd party organization such as LEED EB or Green Seal.  These organizations are regarded as North America’s leaders of environmentally-friendly products and services.  Our approach differs from a traditional housekeeping regimen by having a more focused approach to the selection of chemical products, washroom paper products & hand soap, as well as tools and equipment and the way they are used.

We have adopted other green initiatives such a energy conservation and paper, plastic & glass recycling.  We encourage energy conservation by all staff and students and merely ask that all lights be turned off when the areas are vacant or there is sufficient natural light.  We also ask that all computers and monitors be turned off at the end of the day.  We continue to explore and implement programs that affect efficiency and cost-savings in lighting, air handling & heating systems, landscaping, waste management (including composting), and labor saving equipment.

Green cleaning will be mandatory in all public schools in Connecticut effective July 1, 2011.  We are proud to be a leader in initiating green cleaning for all of the benefits it provides.
We ask that staff not bring outside cleaning products into our schools as we provide cleaning solution for every classroom and office space for staff to use.

Our Path to Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability….
Our vision at Regional School District No. 6 is to take meaningful steps toward preserving, protecting and enhancing natural resources while providing a healthy learning environment and maximizing fiscal resources.  We will never compromise the safety of our staff and students and we will adjust our cleaning practices whenever instructed by local or State health agencies.

NOW YOU KNOW!     Clean + Efficient + Effective + Safe = Region 6 Schools.