In the fall of 2003, the Boston Urban Asthma Coalition (BUAC) and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) launched the Healthy Boston Schools Project to test cleaning products currently in use in Boston schools and to recommend substitution of some products with more environmentally-friendly formulations, or so-called green cleaners. The success of the project led to an agreement with the Boston School Department to adopt a policy requiring all vendors to bid products that meet the Green Seal 37 health and safety environment criteria by March 2006. It also led to the establishment of a subcommittee of the city-wide Healthy Schools Taskforce that would provide an ongoing mechanism for reviewing cleaning products and building maintenance issues. This includes a summary of the findings, the methods used, next steps, and works cited.
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