8 | go green rating scale
Administration and Scoring
before you begin
Relax and take your time. This rating scale is best com-
pleted over several days. It’s important to know that while
it is helpful to work through the guidelines with assistance
from staff, families, or contractors, the same individual
should assign all of the values to ensure consistency.
There are forty-three scales included in this rating tool.
Each scale has one or more guidelines (for a total of sixty-
four guidelines) describing practices or conditions that
may be present in your facility.
Sections Number of Number of
administration 4 6
green living and stewardship 10 23
cleaners and disinfectants 3 5
hygiene products 2 2
air-Quality management 6 8
exposure to lead 3 3
exposure to chemicals
found in plastics 2 2
pesticides 6 7
other contaminants 7 8
establish your score
Read each guideline and decide which statement(s) most
closely aligns with the current conditions in your facility.
Circle the indicated number—this is your score for that
guideline that you will transfer to the scoring section at
the back of the rating scale.
It’s important to assign a value that accurately reflects your
current practices and that a third party would likely assign
in their evaluation of your facility. If your situation does
not exactly fit one of the descriptions, assign the value that
you think most closely fits your site and write a brief note
explaining how you determined your score. For example,
you may feel that your program falls between a five and a
seven, so assign it a six and write a note.
There are three primary ways to collect the information
necessary to evaluate your program:
Ask for information• : If a guideline addresses a topic
that is outside of your management control, identify
the individual who is in charge, and request an answer
to the guideline in writing. If your program is housed
in a building with separate facilities or custodial
management, provide the Go Green Rating Scale to the
responsible party, and ask them to complete, sign, and
date the appropriate pages before returning them to you.
Inspect• : You may answer many of these guidelines
from your desk; however, it is imperative that you look
under the sinks and in the closets to ensure that you are
meeting the guidelines as expected.