Healthy School Environments
This collection of webinars provides helpful information to promote and support healthy school environments. This list includes registration links to upcoming webinars and links to previously recorded webinars. The webinars feature experts from the EPA, other federal, and non-federal programs. Upcoming webinar times are Eastern Standard but may change so please check back here regularly.
Many of these webinars are part of the Department of Education's Green Strides Webinar Series. Sign up for their email updates to receive registration information on future webinars.
Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments Webinar Series
Join EPA for their new webinar series based on the Sensible Steps Brochure (PDF) (26pp, 1.75MB) and the State School Environmental Health Guidelines. The webinars share low- and no-cost actions that schools can take to create healthier environments for students and staff. Each webinar features school district staff from across the country presenting real-life examples of successes. The target audience includes facility maintenance staff, school nurses, administrators, teachers, and other school personnel and stakeholders. Look for the webinars highlighted below.
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Previously Recorded Webinars
- Jan. 22, 2014: Sensible Steps for Prevention of and Response to Mercury Spills in Schools
- Dec. 17, 2013: Renovate Right: EPA's Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule
- Nov. 19, 2013: Sensible Steps for Mold and Moisture Control in Schools
- Oct. 22, 2013: Sensible Steps for Energy Efficiency and Waste Reduction in Schools
- Sept. 25, 2013: Cleaning and Maintenance: Creating Healthier School Environments
- Sept. 24, 2013: EPA's Back-to-School Webinar: Managing Asthma in Schools
- Aug. 20, 2013: Current Issues in Chemical Management: Best Practices for Schools and Districts
- Aug. 7, 2013: Mold and Moisture: Double Trouble for Schools
- July 23, 2013:Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Protecting Kids from Pests and Pesticides
- June 18, 2013:The Role of Indoor Air Quality in Creating Healthy Learning Environments
- May 21, 2013:School Environmental Health Assessment and Team Building
- May 21, 2013:Creating Exceptional Learning Environments Through Comprehensive Indoor Air Quality Management
- May 8, 2013:School Siting: Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities for Communities and Decision-Makers
February 12, 2014, 1-2:30 p.m.: Risks to Children’s Health: Chemicals in Consumer Products Schools (EPA/NIEHS)
There is increasing concern about children’s exposure to chemicals found in common consumer products such as furniture and electronics (flame retardants); cosmetics and personal care products (phthalates, triclosan and other phenols); food storage containers (BPA); and children’s toys (phthalates and metals). This webinar focuses on recent studies that are advancing our knowledge of the health effects of these chemicals, examining trends and changes in exposure over time and methods for communicating with patients about risks and lowering exposure. Presentations will be followed by moderated discussion.
February 18, 2014, 3-4 p.m.: Sensible Steps for Addressing PCBs in Schools
Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments Webinar Series
Attend this webinar to learn more about: EPA’s most current guidance related to PCBs in schools; Steps you can take to assess your school or district’s status where PCBs are concerned; How and where to get assistance in understanding and evaluating this environmental health issue in your district or school.
February 19, 2014, 7:30-9 p.m.: GreenWorks! Action Grants for ClimateChangeLIVE Participants (USFS)
School classes that participate in ClimateChangeLIVE will be eligible to apply for GreenWorks! Grants! Join us and learn about these opportunities to help your school accomplish action projects that address climate change solutions. Project Learning Tree and U.S. Forest Service staff will present an overviewof the grant parameters and how you can apply. We’ll also highlight success stories from schools in our GreenSchools! program that have done excitingprojects with these grants.
February 27, 2014, 1-2 p.m.: CDC School Health Policies and Practices Study Results in School IAQ Management (CDC)
The results of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) show that school districts across the country continue to make great progress in implementing indoor air quality (IAQ) management programs and other critical IAQ initiatives. At the same time, the study found that there is still much room for improvement to ensure schools are a healthy and safe learning environment. Attend this webinar to: Understand the key findings from the 2012 study, which collected data on school health policies and practices at the state and district level; Hear about the progress districts have made in implementing IAQ management programs and other initiatives; Gather statistics that could help you in communicating the value and importance of IAQ management and continued IAQ training opportunities to your school community and key decision-makers; Learn about the most common IAQ initiatives nationwide, and areas in which work remains to be done; and get information on state initiatives and other potential funding, training, and technical assistance opportunities.
May 14, 2014, 4-5 p.m.: Approaches for Effective Climate Change Communication (NPS)
Join us for a webinar exploring the importance of effective communication strategies as a key component of climate change response. The presentation will highlight examples and techniques that National Park Service interpreters are using to engage our audiences on this topic and that K-12 teachers can use as well. The webinar will summarize research highlighting visitor’s beliefs and perspectives about climate change, share some examples of successful interpretive products, and explore ways to empower staff and visitors to be part of the solution.