New York State leads the nation in healthy, sustainable public facilities management. By using green cleaning products to clean our schools and buildings, New York State is promoting a safer, more productive environment for our employees, children and visitors.
Why go green? Consistent use of green cleaning products:
Under Executive Order 4, state agencies, public authorities and public benefit corporations are required to purchase cleaning products that meet the following environmental specifications:
The Green Cleaning Law (Chapter 584 of the Laws of 2005) requires elementary and secondary schools to procure and use environmentally sensitive cleaning and maintenance products under the guidelines provided by the Office of General Services. OGS maintains a list of approved green cleaning products for schools to reference in compliance with the law.
Green cleaning products, also known as environmentally preferred cleaning products, are available for purchase through Preferred Sources. If you work for a state agency, you must consider purchasing through Preferred Sources first. Learn more about buying from a Preferred Source, including product offerings and a step-by-step How-to-Buy guide on the Procurement Services website.
The Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Products contract is a multi-state procurement that includes 11 product categories of environmentally preferable cleaning products. All the green chemicals and janitorial paper products included in this contract are required to be “Independently Third-Party Certified,” which means that the environmental claims, as well as the product performance, are tested and certified by an established and legitimate, nationally-recognized third party certification program.
New York State makes it easy to be green! The New York State Green Cleaning Program website provides a wealth of resources to implement and manage a comprehensive Green Cleaning Program, including: