On Thursday, the Senate gave final approval to S.92, a bill that requires manufacturers and distributors of cleaning products to only sell environmentally preferable cleaning products to schools. The bill will now make its way to the Governor’s desk for his signature.‘This legislation will create safer and healthier learning environments in our schools,’ said Charity Carbine-March, environmental health advocate for Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG). ‘Children in classrooms across Vermont will soon be breathing easier.’Conventional cleaning supplies can contain toxic chemicals that have been linked to asthma, cancer, and other negative health effects. These chemicals can pollute indoor air and impact the health of students and staff. Advocates and other experts agree that environmentally preferable cleaning products are just as effective and affordable as conventional supplies. In fact, Vermont’s state buildings have already transitioned to ‘green’ cleaning products as a result of the Clean State Program created by an executive order signed by Governor Douglas in 2004. In addition, many schools in Vermont have voluntarily made the switch to safer products.‘There are clear benefits to using green cleaning supplies,’ said Carol Westinghouse, President of Informed Green Solutions, a non-profit organization that helps schools transition to safer cleaning products. ‘After making the switch, some schools in Vermont have reported fewer instances of asthma cases, nausea, and headaches, and others have even reported saving money on the cost of cleaning supplies.’‘This bill will protect generations of Vermont children from the effects of toxic chemicals. With asthma at epidemic proportions, any actions we can take to remove asthma triggers from our schools will make a difference,’ said Cindy Murphy, a school nurse at Main Street Middle School in Montpelier. ‘It’s a community’s responsibility to provide optimal health and safety for school age children whose bodies are not fully developed and, therefore, are most effected by toxic chemicals. Green cleaning policies serve as a strong educational tool for staff and students.’S.92 was brought to the brink of passage during last year’s legislative session. The bill began in the Senate and was passed on the floor by a vote of 29 to 0. The bill was then passed by the House (92 to 38) and was further amended by the Senate on the last day of session. The House took the bill up for immediate consideration upon the return of the legislature this year and gave their final nod of approval just last week.
West Florida Completes 2007 Fall Season Share Oct. 18, 2007PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – West Florida finished the NSU Sharks Invitational on Tuesday in 9th place, out of 18 teams, at the Pro Golf National Squire golf course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The ladies fired a two day total 657, 48 shots behind tournament host Nova Southeastern and 61 strokes shy of tournament winner and the top ranked team in the nation Rollins College.The Argonauts finished the first day in a tie for 9th place after shooting a 327 on the challenging course. They followed that up with a second day total of 330 leaving them in sole possession of 9th place once stroke ahead of University of Indianapolis.Bhavna Shetty was the lone West Florida golfer to place in the top 20 with a two day total of 156. Shetty placed 15th, out of 89 golfers, for the tournament shooting a 78 both days good for a +15. She finished 16 shots behind event winner Laura Fourdraine of Rollins.Meaghan Gulliksen finished the tournament in 31st place with a +21 combined score. The freshman opened the tournament with an 85, but turned it around on the second day shooting the Argonauts best round during the tournament with a 77, giving her a two day total 162.Teammates Tara Steakin and Natalia Espinosa finished three strokes apart in 50th and 55th place respectively. After the first day Espinosa was ahead of her teammate by two strokes after shooting an 81, but was unable to keep up the momentum shooing a second day 90 leaving her with a 170 on her scorecard. Steakin shot an 83 on the first day and an 85 on the second.Rachel Christ rounded out the participating Argonauts. The senior shot a two day total 182, 85 on the first day and 97 on the second.This tournament concludes the fall season for the Argonauts. They next compete at the Tusculum/Kiawah Island Intercollegiate in Kiawah Island, S.C. on February 8-10. Print Friendly Version