Healthy School Environments
About EPA Schools
Protecting children’s health and advancing environmental justice are critically important goals for EPA. EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment requires us to pay special attention to the vulnerabilities of children and we seek continued progress in reducing their exposure to the environmental hazards they encounter in their daily lives.
School environments play an important role in the health and academic success of children. Children spend 90% of their time indoors and much of that time is spent in school. Unhealthy school environments can affect children’s health, attendance, concentration and performance, as well as lead to expensive, time-consuming cleanup and remediation activities. Ensuring the America’s children, especially those in underserved communities, have healthy environments in which to learn and play is a major part of the work being done across the Agency.
The agency offers guidance and tools to help states, districts, schools, teacher, parents and students create or enhance productive, healthy learning environments. Also, the agency has regional contacts to help address school environmental health practices and concerns. Use the map to identify your region and find your contact below.
Find a Regional Contact
For help addressing schools-related issues in your area, please use the lists below to find someone who can assist you.
- Regional School Coordinators (PDF) (2pp, 33K) - Oversee development of school environmental health efforts in the region
- Regional Children's Environmental Health Coordinators(PDF) (2pp, 28K) - Oversee development of children's environmental health efforts in the region
- Regional Environmental Education Coordinators (PDF) (1p, 55K) - Oversee development of environmental education efforts in the region
- Regional School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coordinators (PDF) (2pp, 126K) - Oversee the development of IPM efforts in the region
- Regional Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) Coordinators - Oversee the development of PCB efforts in the region
- Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PESHU) - Funded in part by CDC, EPA and the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, these regional contacts provide information on protecting children from environmental hazards and work with federal, state and local agencies to address children's environmental health issues in homes, schools and communities.
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