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Phil Brown, Rachel Morello-Frosch, and Stephen Zavestoski

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520270206

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520270206.001.0001

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School Custodians and Green Cleaners

School Custodians and Green Cleaners

Labor-Environmental Coalitions and Toxics Reduction

(p.169) 10 School Custodians and Green Cleaners
Contested Illnesses

Laura Senier

Brian Mayer

Phil Brown

Rachel Morello-Frosch

University of California Press

This chapter examines the Green Cleaners Project, a coalition of organizations—including labor unions and school administrators—launched to address well-documented problems of environmental quality in Boston schools. Coalition participants wanted to ensure that discussions about environmental health problems in Boston schools and their remediation would include the broadest possible array of stakeholders, including parents, teachers and other school employees, school administrators, and community health advocates. Despite the expensive and capital-intensive nature of solutions to many of the environmental health problems documented in the schools, the coalition quickly won a major victory on one component of their short-term agenda: the replacement of common cleaning products with less toxic, “green” alternatives.

Keywords:   Green Cleaners Project, environmental quality, Boston schools, school administrators, community health advocates

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