A healthy environment is an important component of our physical and mental well-being.  We can keep our families and the environment healthy by limiting exposure to harmful substances. We can do this by making informed choices about what we use and consume.  Choose  “green” or “environmentally preferred products” (EPP), which have less effect on human health and the environment than other products that serve the same purpose.

“Green” or “environmentally preferable products” (EPP) are products that have a reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared to other products that serve the same purpose.   The term “green” and the characteristics that have come to define it are currently not regulated.  Some products are now being marketed as “green” that may not be any better for the environment than regular products.  Check for the certification logo.

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Healthy Homes (CDC)
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    Buy ItThere are a number of non-profit, third-party certification organizations that evaluate products using established science-based criteria. They test products independently for environmental impact, health effects and performance. 

    Clean It: Green Cleaning encompasses the use of less toxic cleaning products, best practice cleaning methods, and updated materials and equipment such as microfiber cloths and mops.  

    Build ItSustainable buildings are comfortable, safe, and productive, avoid depleting resources like energy, water, and raw materials, and prevent environmental degradation throughout the structure’s life cycle.  

    The fundamental principles of sustainable building design are:

    Optimizing the building site; optimizing energy; protecting and conserving water; using environmentally preferable products (EPPs); enhancing indoor environmental quality; optimizing operational and maintenance practices.