Developments in State Policy
Citation: Nevada Revised Statutes §§ 386.419, 4195 (2009 Nev. Senate Bill 185)
Effective: July 1, 2009
Summary: This law requires schools to use environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products for use in cleaning floor surfaces in public schools, pursuant to standards established by the state.
- Requirements for Using Green Cleaning Products. The law requires school districts, by July 2010, to ensure that the public schools within the district use only environmentally sensitive cleaning and maintenance products in the cleaning of all floor surfaces, pursuant to standards developed by the state.
- Guidelines and Specifications. The law requires the state Department of Education to adopt regulations setting forth standards for environmentally sensitive cleaning and maintenance products for use in cleaning all floor surfaces in public schools. The regulations must be adopted by January 1, 2010 and must be developed in consultation with other governmental and non-governmental entities. Based on these standards, the department must develop a sample list of approved environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products and must review the list at least every two years.
- Exceptions. A school district may submit a written request to the Department of Education for a waiver from using environmentally sensitive products if the associated costs are “unreasonable and would place an undue burden on the efficient operation” of the district or an individual school. The district may also request permission to use a green cleaning product that is not on the state list if the product is more economically feasible and effective and complies with the general standards established by the state. If granted, a waiver is effective for one year and subject to renewal on an annual basis.
- Reporting. By January 2011, each school district must prepare and submit to the Department of Education a written report regarding implementation of the law, including an evaluation of the effectiveness of the products used and a description of any requests for waivers. The law requires the department to submit a written report to the state legislature summarizing the school district reports by February 2011.