Committee will push for greener schools 

San Francisco Unified School District wants to make its schools even greener.

At a school committee hearing Tuesday night, commissioners signed off on plans to establish a green-schools advisory committee that would create more standards and policies to make schools healthier and more environmental.

The school committee’s recommendation will go to the full board for approval. The advisory committee would include members from the Public Utilities Commission as well as the Department of Environment and school officials.

If approved, the green schools advisory group would look to implement new policies such as purchasing recycled paper and green cleaners for janitorial services at schools, said Nik Kaestner, director of sustainability for the San Francisco Unified School District. Also, the advisory group would look to establish more healthy standards, such as eliminating bottled water at schools and using recycled content in ceiling piles, he said.

Some San Francisco schools already compost and recycle, but Kaestner said he would like to expand this standard into schools citywide.

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