Region 1: EPA New England
K-12 Schools: Other Sites to Visit
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Healthy School Environments
Your one-stop location for information and links from around the country on environmental health issues in schools. Access the New Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool
New England State Agencies and Other Organizations
- Healthy Environments in Connecticut Schools, Connecticut Department of Public Health
Information on indoor air quality in CT schools, including a map of which districts in CT are implementing Tools for Schools. Find links to a wide range of school environmental health topics.
- Asbestos Containing Material in Schools Requirements, CT Department of Public Health
An overview of facility requirements and links to applicable regulations
- School Lab Cleanout Program (PDF) (8 pp, 722 K), Mercury Education & Reduction, CT Department of Environmental Protection (CT DEP)
Report of the 2002-2003 program to clean out mercury and hazardous laboratory chemicals from schools
Prevention in Institutions - Schools, Hospitals, Universities, CT DEP
Mercury reduction and chemical clean out work with schools, including pollution prevention presentations for schools
- School Composting - The Next Step in Recycling (PDF) (98 pp, 3.4 MB), A manual for Connecticut Schools, CT DEP
Establishing and maintaining a school-wide composting program for cafeteria food scraps
- Maine School Environmental Guide (PDF) (159 pp, 681 K), Maine Department of Environmental Protection, 2006
Addresses a wide range of environmental concerns in K-12 schools.
- Maine School IPM Program, Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources
General IPM information; tools, templates and tips; newsletter for IPM coordinators; web resources, and more
- Mercury and Chemical Clean Out Project, 2003, ME Department of Environmental Protection
Sample chemical hygiene plan for Maine schools and suggested lab chemical inventory form
- Purchase and Storage of Hazardous Chemicals, ME Department of Education (ME DOE)
Standards for the purchase and storage of hazardous chemicals in Maine public schools
- Maine Department of Education Facilities Management Template, ME DOE
Includes a draft ME School Facilities Maintenance Plan with checklists for a number of functions such as grounds maintenance and custodial services. Includes information about chemical management in Maine schools.
- Improving Environmental Conditions in Massachusetts Schools, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Service Center
Links to resources from a variety of agencies on environmental issues in Massachusetts schools. Includes links to the Massachusetts Healthy Schools Council Subcommittee Checklist (updated February 2004) and the School Chemical Management Program Manual, working draft December 2005.
- Green Schools Initiative, Renewable Energy Trust, MA Technology Collaborative
Encourages school districts to construct or renovate school buildings that will cost less to operate and provide healthier learning environments for students.
- Recycling, MA Department of Environmental Protection
Solid waste management resource guide for schools:
- classroom presentations
- a manual for implementing school recycling programs
- frequently asked questions about recycling and waste management
- School IPM Program, MA Department of Agricultural Resources
General information, checklists, notification forms, IPM plans, and other information pertaining to the requirements of "The Act to Protect Children and Families from Harmful Pesticides"
- Massachusetts School IPM, University of Massachusetts (UMass) Extension
General information, news/events, publications, and resources for schools, parents, and pest management professionals
- Toxics Use Reduction Institute Community Grant Program, Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI), University of Massachusetts
Local governments and independent school districts are amongst those eligible to apply for this funding. For projects that raise awareness and understanding about toxics use reduction at the local level.
Management System Implementation – Waltham Public Schools, Waltham, MA
Waltham Public Schools has been implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) based on the ISO 14001 international standard.
New Hampshire (NH)
Prevention in Schools, NH Department of Environmental Services
Outreach and assistance to NH schools on a range of topics, including managing mercury and other hazardous chemicals, energy and water conservation, school bus idling and more.
- Healthy School
Health Program, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES)
This site links together resources to help schools assess and address health, safety and environmental issues in school buildings. Includes a fact sheet on DES efforts to customize EPA's Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEAT) as well as the NH-specific customization of the software which may be downloaded at not cost.
Rhode Island (RI)
- Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs (PDF) (80 pp, 500 K), RI Department of Health
Requirements issued by RI Department of Education and RI Department of Health address numerous environmental/health issues in schools, such as: mercury, pesticide application, asbestos, lead, radon, water supply, and chemical hygiene plans. Includes list of chemicals prohibited from use in schools (see Appendix A).
- Chemical Hygiene Officer, Rhode Island Department of Public Health
Chemical Hygiene Officers in Rhode Island's K-12 schools will find information to help them in their efforts to improve chemical management.
- School Science Lab Chemical and Mercury Cleanout Project (PDF) (87 pp, 1 MB), VT Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC), Spring 2002
Report of the VT DEC-sponsored school science laboratory chemical clean-out project in 1999-2001 for middle and high schools.
- Managing School Budgets Through Wood Energy, VT
Agency of Natural Resources
Information on using wood energy to heat classrooms
- Municipal Compliance Assistance Program (MCAP)
The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has a program to help municipalities, including schools, to identify and understand state and federal environmental requirements. Assistance services are free and confidential.