Cleaning and Toxics
Establish And Promote Written Green Cleaning Policy

What Is It?

A green-cleaning policy includes the goal of using less toxic cleaning products and the steps to achieve that goal. Green-cleaning policies reduce both employee and environmental exposure to potentially hazardous substances found in some cleaning products. Additionally, a green-cleaning policy may include the goal that not only the substances be green, but also the manufacture, packaging, and distribution of the cleaning products be green as well.


A written green-cleaning policy articulates clear and achievable standards and goals for a building or property. The policy may require both regular reporting to determine changes in toxic exposure and demonstrated progress toward achieving healthier work conditions. A policy can also serve as a communication tool for both the employers and the employees to monitor and evaluate their green-cleaning practices.

Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • Beacon Capital Partners
  • BR+A
  • Gillette
  • Synergy
  • Sheraton Hotel
  • TD Garden
  • Veolia

Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates

Additional Resources

Examples of Workplaces in Boston with Green-Cleaning Policies


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