State law requires districts to address indoor air quality in schools.
Code of Vermont Rules 22-000-014 6131 Indoor Air Quality
The school board shall adopt a plan which addresses indoor air quality during all phases of construction. This may include, but is not limited to, temporary modifications to the existing ventilation system and provisions for the containment and proper exhaust of job-site pollutants, including dust, and volatile organic compounds (VOC's). Wherever practicable, the plans shall specify a minimum of one week following the completion of construction before occupancy to allow off-gassing. The plans and specifications shall also provide for commissioning of the ventilation system in accordance with the requirements of Rule 6143.4 herein.
Vermont Statutes 18 V.S.A. § 1781. Definitions
(7) "Green cleaning" means a practice that includes:
- (A) the use of a cleaning product certified as environmentally preferable by an independent third party or an environmentally preferable cleaning product used by the Department of Buildings and General Services;
- (B) best practices that follow accepted management Standard and improve indoor air quality; and
- (C) equipment that facilitates effective cleaning.
Vermont Statutes 18 V.S.A. § 1782. Environmentally preferable cleaning products
(a) A distributor or manufacturer of cleaning products shall sell, offer for sale, or distribute to a school, school district, supervisory union, or procurement consortium only:
- (1) environmentally preferable cleaning products utilized by the Department of Buildings and General Services under State contracts; or
- (2) cleaning products certified as environmentally preferable by an independent third party. (b) A person who contracts with a school, school district, or supervisory union to provide cleaning services for a school only shall use a cleaning product that meets the requirements of subdivisions (a)(1) and (2) of this section. (c) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to regulate the sale, use, or distribution of antimicrobial pesticides. (d) A distributor or manufacturer of cleaning products shall provide a green cleaning training to each school district it provides with environmentally preferable cleaning products, provided the training is incurred at no cost to the school district.