Green and Clean in North Central Massachusetts
Project DetailsYear: 2012
Project Manager: Donna Wysokenski
Partners: Montachusett Opportunity Council, City of Fitchburg, Fitchburg Housing Authority, Busy Bees Preschool Center, Toxics Use Reduction Institute, Spanish American Center, MOC Child Care and Head Start Services, and MOC Elder Nutrition Program
Serving 30 cities and towns, MOC will reach approximately 2,500 individuals, including seniors and parents of young children, about toxins in household cleaning products and safer, less expensive alternatives. They will hold workshops, educate Head Start families and day-care providers and distribute free samples of the safer products for trial. They will also host a Green and Clean symposium for regional stakeholders that will include municipalities, housing authorities, schools and janitorial companies.
For the entire grant period, 229 people were educated in green cleaning workshops including community residents, MOC staff and day care providers. 202 Head Start families were educated by Family Service Coordinators with an estimated impact of at least 606 adults and children. 2,000 informational one-pagers were distributed to a variety of sites throughout North Central Massachusetts. MOC is switching to the purchasing of Green Seal certified or third-party certified green cleaners and talking to vendors and janitors about our green cleaning efforts. The Sustainability Committee has done a multi-site chemical inventory. They also held the 2 hour workshop that included 12 regional stakeholders representing municipalities, local business, schools and local non-profits.
This page updated Tuesday November 06 2012