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Acoustics

Classroom Acoustics: A Resource for Creating Environments with Desirable Listening Conditions. Acoustical Society of America. Resource to aid architects, educators, and school planners in creating learning environments with desirable listening conditions, especially during new construction or renovation. Classroom Acoustics. Exit

Classroom Acoustics Resource List. National Clearinghouse for Education Facilities Exit. Resource lists of links, books, and journal articles on acoustical standards, scientific studies, and methods of predicting and calculating acoustical quality in school classrooms.

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Air Cleaning

Standard 52.2-1999, Method of Testing General Ventilation Air-Cleaning Devices for Removal Efficiency by Particle Size.American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. ExitThis is a link to purchasing information for the standard that establishes a test procedure for evaluating the performance of air-cleaning devised as a function of particle size. To locate the document, search the ASHRAE Website for "Standard 52.2-1999."

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Arsenic

Questions and Answers: What you Need to Know About Wood Pressure Treated with Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA). This EPA fact sheet provides information on CCA, answers general questions on CCA, and contains links to other information sources.

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Asbestos

Asbestos and Vermiculite Home Page. EPA. Website includes information on health effects, laws, regulations, contacts, and resources related to asbestos and vermiculite.

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Asthma

Managing Asthma in the School Environment. EPA. Provides information on asthma triggers, education, management, and resources.

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Cleaning

Carpet and Rug Institute. The Carpet and Rug Institute’s Website Exitcontains information on carpet care and cleaning and indoor air quality. The site contains much information about the Institute’s work with schools, including recent IAQ data that was provided to 15,000 school administrators.

Cleaning and Maintenance Practices Resource List. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities Exit. Resource list of links, books, and journal articles on custodial standards and procedures, equipment, safety, and product directories for the cleaning and maintenance of schools and colleges.

Cleaning Products Pilot Project. EPA.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification WebsiteExitprovides information to consumers on locating a certified inspection, cleaning, or restoration technician.

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Commissioning

The Building Commissioning Association Website Exitcontains information on BCA’s mission, documents, events, and links. The BCA promotes building commissioning practices that maintain high professional standards and fulfill building owners’ expectations.

Commissioning and O&M Resources. Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. Exit Links to documents and organizations related to building commissioning and operation and maintenance.

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Construction

(see also Renovation)

IAQ Guidelines for Occupied Buildings Under Construction. Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) Website Exit. Link to purchasing information for guidance for dealing with the indoor air quality-related health impact on building occupants during building demolition, renovation, or construction.

The School Construction News Website Exitcontains news, information, products, and resources about the design, construction, maintenance, management, and operations of schools. A free on-line e-news letter subscription is available.

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Day-Lighting

Lighting Resource List. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities Exit. NCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles on indoor and outdoor lighting of school buildings and grounds, including resources on security lighting, and sports facilities lighting.

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Diesel School Buses

Diesel Emissions. EPA. Website provides information on EPA’s diesel emissions standards and includes links to fact sheets. It also contains information about the Clean School Bus partnership to minimize pollution from school buses.

Voluntary Diesel Retrofit Program. EPA. Website contains an overview of the program and specifically targets owners/operators, state and local government air quality planners, and retrofit manufacturers..

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Ducts

Duct Cleanliness for New Construction Guidelines. Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) Website Exit. These guidelines are intended to help commercial duct installation contractors, design engineers, and building owners control and reduce contamination during duct installation and to provide installation recommendations that can be implemented to meet these goals.

Standard 62-2001, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. ExitThis is a link to purchasing information for the standard that specifies minimum ventilation rates and indoor air quality acceptable to human occupants and intended to minimize the potential for adverse health effects. To locate the document, search the ASHRAE Website for "Standard 62-2001."

Standard 62-2001 Addenda, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. ExitA list of addenda to Standard 62-2001 that may be downloaded for free.

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Emergency Preparedness

Guidance for Protecting Building Environments from Airborne Chemical, Biological, or Radiological Attacks. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). This document identifies actions a building manager or owner can take to protect occupants from airborne biological, chemical, or radiological attacks.

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Emissions Testing and Guidelines

American National Standards Institute Exit. Website for the organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system.

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Website Exitcontains information on the development and publication of voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems, and services.

D5116-97 Standard Guide for Small-Scale Environmental Chamber Determinations of Organic Emissions from Indoor Materials/Products. ASTM. Brief summary and link to ordering information for the guide, which provides assistance by describing equipment and techniques suitable for determining organic emissions from indoor materials. ASTM Store Website Exit

E1333-96(2002) Standard Test Method for Determining Formaldehyde Concentrations in Air and Emissions Rates from Wood Products Using a Large Chamber. ASTM. Link to download the test methods for measuring formaldehyde concentrations in air and emissions rates from newly manufactures wood products containing formaldehyde. ASTM Store Website Exit

Environmental Technology Verification Test Protocol: Large Chamber Test Protocol for Measuring Emissions of VOCs and Aldehydes. EPA.

Leading by Example: Two Case Studies Documenting How the Environmental Protection Agency Incorporated Environmental Features into New Buildings. EPA.

Carpet in Schools. The Carpet and Rug Institute Exit. Homepage for the Carpet and Rug Institute’s initiatives with schools. Information includes cost comparisons, IAQ information, and educational performance studies.

Greenseal. Website for Green Seal Exit, an independent, non-profit organization that strives to achieve a healthier and cleaner environment by identifying and promoting products and services that cause less toxic pollution and waste, conserve resources and habitats, and minimize global warming and ozone depletion. The site provides information on environmentally responsible products and services.

Reducing Occupant Exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds from Office Building Construction Materials: Non-Binding Guidelines. California Department of Health Services Exit. Document presents guidelines for minimizing exposure to VOCs from construction materials, products, and major furnishings in newly constructed or remodeled office buildings. The document also addresses cleaning and maintenance materials and products.

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Energy Efficiency

Building Energy Software Tools.U.S. Department of Energy. This Website contains 267 energy-related software tools for buildings, with an emphasis on using renewable energy and achieving energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings.

Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality in Schools. EPA. This EPA working paper describes how to protect and enhance indoor air quality and energy efficiency in schools and how to prevent or resolve indoor environmental quality problems related to energy efficiency. This document was designed to help facility managers create a healthier indoor environment for students, teachers, and staff. Businesses : ENERGY STARExit

ENERGY STAR® for Schools. EPA. Website contains interactive tools, software, and resources to aid in improving energy efficiency in schools. For K-12 School Districts : ENERGY STAR
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Environmental Education

Office of Environmental Education. EPA. Website for public awareness and information on environmental issues with links for students and teachers.

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Facility Issues

National Clearinghouse for Education Facilities (NCEF) Exit. The NCEF home page that contains information for schools including planning, designing, funding, building, improving, and maintaining schools. Contains resource lists on over 100 topics.

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Financing

School Support and Technology Programs and Grants. U.S. Department of Education. A list of school support and technology programs and grants, including specific programs for school facilities renovation and financing.

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Green/Sustainable Products and Buildings

The Greening Curve: Lessons Learned in the Design of the EPA Campus In North Carolina. Describes the process and lessons learned in building 1 million square feet of new laboratory and office space using green, sustainable building techniques. EPA 220K-02-001, November 2001.

BEES (Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability) Software. National Institute of Standards and Technology. Information on BEES 3.0, which is a Windows-based decision support software for designers, builders, and product manufacturers; BEES includes actual environmental and economic performance data for nearly 200 building products.

BuildingGreen.com Exit. Website with articles, reviews, and news stories on energy-efficient, resource-efficient, and healthy building practices.

Ebuild Exit. Resource for building professionals that indexes building products and manufacturers and also provides articles, links, and building product resources.

"Green" Purchasing Promising Practices Guide. EPA. Resource for green purchasing tips, strategies, and success stories; compiled by U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Energy.

Greenseal.Website for Green Seal Exit, an independent, non-profit organization that strives to achieve a healthier and cleaner environment by identifying and promoting products and services that cause less toxic pollution and waste, conserve resources and habitats, and minimize global warming and ozone depletion. The site provides information on environmentally responsible products and services.

Healthy Housing and Sustainability.Canada Mortgage and Housing CorporationExit. Links to planners, fact sheets, and other information that promotes the concept of healthy housing.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. U.S. Green Building Council. Website for the LEED system Exit, a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. LEED provides a framework for assessing building performance and meeting sustainability goals.

Leading by Example: Two Case Studies Documenting How the Environmental Protection Agency Incorporated Environmental Features into New Buildings. EPA. This 1997 publication provides two case studies to demonstrate how large building projects can incorporate cost-effective environmental features while addressing the concerns unique to each site. The document also emphasizes that purchasing decisions are an integral part of the sustainable design process.EPA 742-97-006

Oikos Green Building Source Exit. Iris Communications, Inc. Green Building News and information for professionals whose work promotes sustainable design and construction.

Pennsylvania Green Buildings. Governor’s Green Government Council Exit. Links to information on model green buildings, building renovation and retrofit, building videos, green building database, real estate criteria, building green fact sheets, and other resources.

Sustainable Building Technical Manual. U.S. Department of Energy and Public Technology, Inc. ExitComprehensive manual for architects, developers, building owners, government officials, and others on how to design, operate, and maintain environmentally friendly buildings and to implement sustainable development practices. The book addresses the economics of green building, pre-design strategies, passive solar design, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems, electricity, plumbing, indoor air quality, acoustics, selection of building and landscaping materials, and housekeeping.

Sustainable Schools. California Division of the State Architect Exit. Website provides a diverse collection of sustainable building resources including the numerous benefits, guidelines, programs, case studies, relevant publications, and funding options/incentives for those interested and involved in designing, developing, and constructing high performance schools.

Whole Building Design Guide. National Institute of Building Sciences. Information Resource for building professionals with and emphasis on integrated, "whole-building" design techniques and technologies for high-performance buildings.

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Healthy School Environments Websites

Healthy School Environments Exit. EPA. A gateway to on-line resources for facility managers, school administrators, architects, design engineers, school nurses, parents, teachers and staff to address environmental health issues in schools.

Healthy School Environments Resource List. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities Exit. NCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles on environmentally safe and healthy school buildings.

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High Performance Schools

Collaborative for High Performance Schools Exit. Website contains information on training and events, and tools such as schools planning kits, best practices manuals, videos, and other publications.

High Performance Building Guidelines, April, 1997, city of New York, Department of Design and Construction

High Performance School Buildings Resource List. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities Exit. NCEF's resource list of documents, reports, links, books, and journal articles exploring high performance schools, including sustainability and green design issues, cost and funding concerns, and educational and community benefits.

High Performance Schools Partnership. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Exit. A report documenting information from four Pittsburgh schools on an initiative to encourage schools, communities, and businesses to come together to promote environmental stewardship and healthy educational facilities.

Minnesota Sustainable Design Guide Exit. University of Minnesota. A tool to learn about sustainability, manage design decisions, and integrate sustainable design into the building design and operation processes for new and renovated facilities.

Office of Facilities Planning. New York State Education Department Exit. Website contains the latest information on facilities planning in the state, in addition to laws, regulations, publications, surveys, and grants.

Sustainable Schools. California Division of the State Architect Exit. Website provides a diverse collection of sustainable building resources including the numerous benefits, guidelines, programs, case studies, relevant publications, and funding options/incentives for those interested and involved in designing, developing, and constructing high performance schools.

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Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC)

HVAC Systems Resource List. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. NCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles on heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems in school buildings, including geothermal heating systems.

International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP)

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Indoor Air Quality

See also EPA's Indoor Air Quality Website.

EPA provides practical suggestions on preventing, identifying and resolving indoor air quality problems in public and commercial buildings. See also the IAQ Building Education and Assessment Model (I-BEAM). I-BEAM updates and expands EPA's existing Building Air Quality guidance and is designed to be comprehensive state-of-the-art guidance for managing IAQ in commercial buildings. This guidance was designed to be used by building professionals and others interested in indoor air quality in commercial buildings. I-BEAM contains text, animation/visual, and interactive/calculation components that can be used to perform a number of diverse tasks.

California Indoor Air Quality Program. California Department of Health Services Exit. Website with announcements, descriptions, events, fact sheets, guidance, and reports on IAQ. The mission of the IAQ Program is to conduct and promote the coordination of research, investigations, experiments, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, and control of indoor pollution in California.

Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality in Schools. EPA. This EPA working paper describes how to protect and enhance indoor air quality and energy efficiency in schools and how to prevent or resolve indoor environmental quality problems related to energy efficiency. This document was designed to help facility managers create a healthier indoor environment for students, teachers, and staff.

Environmental Health - Indoor Air Quality.

Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. This document presents guidelines for the remediation/cleanup of mold and moisture problems in schools and commercial buildings; these guidelines include measures designed to protect the health of building occupants and remediators.

Ozone Generators That Are Sold as Air Cleaners: An Assessment of Effectiveness and Health Consequences. EPA. This document provides information regarding the use of ozone-generating devices in indoor occupied spaces based on the most credible scientific evidence currently available.

Preventing Indoor Air Quality Problems in Educational Facilities: Guidelines for Hot, Humid Climates. J. David Odom and George DuBose (CH2M Hill in cooperation with Disney Development Corporation). Purchasing information (through the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities) Exit for this IAQ manual that deals exclusively with mold and mildew and on improving design and construction standards to promote optimal school building performance.

School Indoor Air Quality. University of Minnesota Exit. An extensive list of frequently asked questions that address a variety of IAQ issues, including health and other effects, prevention, diagnostics, and mitigation. This list complements EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools and is intended to aid school officials in implementing a cost-effective IAQ management plan.

Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned? Website designed to explain in detail the air duct cleaning process and associated benefits.

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Schools. Website designed to encourage school officials to adopt IPM practices for reducing children's exposure to pesticides; includes information on how to start a program, success stories, and funding.

Integrated Pest Management in Schools.University of Florida, National Integrated Pest Management Network Exit. Website for parents, teachers, administrators, and pest managers providing technical information, management practices, presentations, teaching curricula, a message board, and an IPM listserve.

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Life Cycle Costing

Life Cycle Costing Resource List. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities Exit. NCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles on methods for determining the total cost of ownership for school construction, operation, and maintenance over the life of the facility.

Tool for Reduction and Assessment of Chemical and Other Environmental Impacts (TRACI). EPA. A tool that characterizes potential effects of ozone depletion, global warming, acidification, eutrophication, photochemical smog, human health cancer, human health non-cancer, human health criteria, ecotoxicity, fossil fuel use, land use, and water use.

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Lead

Lead in Paint, Dust, and Soil. EPA. Website with basic information about lead and lead hazards; it provides some simple steps for protection.

Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Website that includes information on grants, programs, regulations, guidance, and training related to household lead and lead hazards.

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Legislation

Healthier Schools, A Review of State Policies for Improving Indoor Air Quality. Environmental Law Institute. Purchasing information for this document that focuses on IAQ, a key component of a healthy school environment. ELI Resources Exit

Thomas. Library of Congress Exit. This Website provides information about all Federal legislation, Congressional records, and Congressional committee activities.

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Mercury

Mercury. EPA. Mercury information Website containing links to frequently asked questions, fact sheets, reports/publications , legislative actions, fish advisories, and technical information.

Toxicological Profile for Mercury. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. This profile characterizes the toxicological and adverse health effects information for mercury.

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Mold and Moisture

Building Air Quality, Appendix C- Moisture, Mold, and Mildew. Appendix to the EPA publication "Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers" that identifies sources of moisture, methods of reducing moisture, and methods for recognizing and correcting problems caused by mold and mildew.

Building Science Press This Website lists documents for sale, which promote the awareness, education, and development of energy efficient, environmentally responsible buildings and communities. Documents include theBuilder’s Guide for Mixed-Humid Climates and the Moisture Control Handbook. \Building Science Press Store Website Exit

Humidity Control Design Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers. American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. Purchasing information for a manual aimed at HVAC designers concerned with humidity control. It helps to define the purpose of a humidity control project, and provides information on the effects of humidity on mold, mildew, bacteria, viruses and overall human health and comfort. ASHRAE Website Exit

IAQ Reference Guide Appendix H - Mold and Moisture. Part of EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit, this part of the IAQ Reference Guide provides information and links about mold and moisture and their implications in a school environment.

Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. This document presents guidelines for the remediation/cleanup of mold and moisture problems in schools and commercial buildings; these guidelines include measures designed to protect the health of building occupants and remediators.

Mold: Cause, Effect, and Response. Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries Exit. This Website requires registration to download the document. The document provides information on identifying mold problems, getting rid of mold, and preventing mold from growing. It also provides general mold information and lists resources, guidelines, and insurance information.

Mold in Schools Resource List. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. ExitNCEF's annotated list of links, books, and journal articles about identifying, assessing, and removing mold-contaminated materials from school facilities and preventing mold growth.

Preventing Indoor Air Quality Problems in Educational Facilities: Guidelines for Hot, Humid Climates. J. David Odom and George DuBose (CH2M Hill in cooperation with Disney Development Corporation). Purchasing information (through the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities) for this IAQ manual that deals exclusively with mold and mildew and on improving design and construction standards to promote optimal school building performance.

Recommended Best Practices for Mold Investigations in Minnesota Schools (PDF) Exit(34 pp, 126K). Minnesota Department of Health. Publication to assist school district staff in their initial efforts to investigate the causes and severity of mold problems for the purpose of finding appropriate cost-effective solutions.

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Operations and Maintenance

(see also Cleaning and Maintenance)

Alliance of Schools for Cooperative Insurance Programs. ExitASCIP is a community of member schools whose mission is to protect and conserve educational resources for the benefit of our students in public schools and colleges by serving schools' insurance and risk management needs.

Collaborative for High Performance Schools. Exit. CHPS's Website contains information on training and events, and tools such as schools planning kits, best practices manuals, videos, and other publications.

Energy Smart Schools. U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Website contains information on school construction, maintenance, transportation, and teaching tools, with a focus on energy efficiency and awareness.

Mid-Atlantic Environmental Hygiene Resource Center. MEHRC is an independent nonprofit indoor environmental quality training center; the Website provides links to their courses and registration. Mid Atlantic Environmental Hygiene Resource Center (MEHRC), University City Science Center, 3701 Market Street, 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (215) 966-6191/(215) 387-6321 (fax) Indoor environmental quality training on topics such as mold remediation.

Organizations

The Association of Physical Plant Administrators. Exit Homepage and membership site of an organization which represents the interests of education facility officers of all levels.

The Center for Health and Healthcare in Schools. Exit Homepage for a nonpartisan policy and program resource center located at The George Washington University School of Public Health Services.

Council of Educational Facility Planners. Exit CEFPI is a professional association whose members—individuals, institutions and corporations—are involved in planning, designing, building and equipping schools and colleges.

Educational Facility Information. DesignShare. Exit Access page for links to information about educational facilities. DesignShare is an international forum for innovative schools.

Healthy Schools Network, Inc. Exit HSN is a national not-for-profit organization centered on children's environmental health and dedicated to assuring every child and school employee an environmentally safe and healthy school through research, information, referral, advocacy, and coalition-building.

School Planning and Management.Exit Peter Li Education Group. Magazine devoted to providing better learning environments for all children.

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Performance

Indoor Air Quality and Student Performance. This site presents evidence that shows poor IAQ can cause illness resulting in absence or poor performance in school. To learn more about the data and studies cited.

The Relationship Between Environmental Quality in School Facilities and Student Performance. School Design Research Studio. Presentation during a Congressional briefing to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, sponsored by the Environmental Energy Study Institute, about the relationship between environmental quality of school facilities and student performance.

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Portable/Relocatable Classrooms

California Advisory on Relocatable and Renovated Classrooms. Exit California Department of Health Services. This document summarizes the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) considerations regarding the purchase/lease of relocatable classrooms (or "portables") and the contracting for renovation of existing space. It is provided to advise school facility managers how to minimize potential health impacts from IEQ problems with cost-effective practices.

Portable Classrooms/Modular Construction Resource List. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities Exit. NCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles on the use of portable and modular structures on school campuses, also called relocatables, trailers, mobiles, doublewides, factory-builts, learning cottages, or demountables.

California Portable Classrooms Study Exit Draft report of the California Air Resources Board (ARB) and Department of Health Services (DHS) that provides the results of a two-year study of environmental health conditions in California’s portable classrooms.

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Renovation

EPA IAQ Tools for Schools Renovation and Repairing Checklist. Indoor air quality checklist discussing communications, general activities, painting, flooring, roofing, project completion and commissioning, and construction administration. See the Checklists via the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit.

IAQ Guidelines for Occupied Buildings Under Construction.ExitThe Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA). Link to purchasing information for guidance for dealing with the indoor air quality-related health impact on building occupants during building demolition, renovation, or construction.

Preventing Indoor Air Quality Problems During Construction and Renovation.Exit Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Occupational Safety. Recommendations for successfully reducing indoor air quality complaints during building renovation activities.

School Support and Technology Programs and Grants. U.S. Department of Education. A list of school support and technology programs and grants, including specific programs for school facilities renovation and financing.

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Research

School Design Research Studio. Links to current research projects, including examining the design of learning environments, facility management of schools, environmental evaluation, children's environments and environment-behavior relationships in educational environments.

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Siting

EPA School Siting Guidelines. EPA's voluntary school siting guidelines can help local school districts and community members evaluate environmental factors to make the best possible school siting decisions.

ENVIROFACTS EPA’s single point of access to a wide range of databases that provide mapping capabilities for specific locations throughout the country.

ASTM Standard Practice E-1527-00 Phase I Environmental Site Assessment. American Society for Testing and Materials. Exit Brief summary and link to ordering this guide, which defines good customary practice for conducting an environmental site assessment of commercial real estate with respect to petroleum products and contaminants within the scope of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.

ASTM Standard Practice E-1903-97 (2002) Phase II Environmental Site Assessment. American Society for Testing and Materials. Brief summary and link to ordering this guide, which defines good customary practice for conducting a Phase II environmental site assessment of commercial real estate with respect to petroleum products and contaminants within the scope of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.

Technical and Administrative Guidance Memorandum: Determination of Soil Cleanup Objectives and Cleanup Levels. Exit New York State Department of Conservation. Text and appendices of this document which states that the cleanup goal of the Department is to restore inactive hazardous waste sites to predisposal conditions, to the extent feasible and authorized by law. This memorandum provides a basis and procedure to determine soil cleanup levels at individual sites, when the Director of the DHWR determines that cleanup of a site to predisposal conditions is not possible or feasible.

Site Selection Resource List. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. ExitNCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles on school siting, including examples of state selection criteria and resources on environmental issues and site organization.

Brownfields Cleanup and Redevelopment. EPA. Portal for topics on Brownfields, including pilot projects, grants, liability, cleanup, partnerships, outreach, resources, news, events, laws, and regulations.

Creating Safe Learning Zones: Invisible Threats, Visible Actions. Exit Center for Health, Environment, and Justice. This report addresses the need for protective laws around building new schools; it includes guidance for acquiring property and for evaluating existing sites, model school siting legislation, references, community stories, and actions for parents and community leaders.

Evaluating and Cleaning Up School Sites. Exit California Department of Toxic Substance Control. Website provides information about the Schools Property Evaluation and Cleanup Division, including school sites, fact sheets, general information, environmental advisories, guidance, regulatory background, and the registered environmental assessor program.

Guide to School Site Analysis and Development 2000 Edition. Exit California Department of Education. This document assists school districts in determining the amount of land needed to support their educational programs in accordance with their stated goals and with recommendations of the California Department of Education.

Sensitive Environments and the Siting of Hazardous Waste Management Facilities (PDF) (12 pp, 662K). EPA. This publication discusses sensitive types of environments that pose special challenges to the siting, expansion, and operation of RCRA hazardous waste management facilities.

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Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation

SunWise School Program. EPA. Website for the environmental and health education program that aims to teach children and their caregivers how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun. This page accesses information about sun safety, tools for member schools, member information, and links to relevant publications.

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U.S. Department of Education

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. Exit NCEF’s gateway page to their resource lists of subject-specific compilations of information on subjects including education design, financing, planning, operations, and construction. Each resource list includes links to online publications and related Websites as well as descriptions of books, studies, reports, and journal articles.

Water Conservation and Safety Resource List. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. NCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles on water efficiency, lead-safe drinking water, and plumbing issues in school buildings and grounds.

National Center for Educational Statistics. ExitWebsite for the NCES, which is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations.

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Waste

Wastewise Program Website for a free, voluntary, program helping organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste, benefiting the bottom line and the environment.

Comprehensive Procurement Guideline (CPG) Program. EPA. Website for a program that is part of EPA's continuing effort to promote the use of materials recovered from solid waste; this Website recommends recycled content for different types of products.

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Environmental Education

Office of Environmental Education. Website for public awareness and information on environmental issues with links for students and teachers.

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Facility Issues

National Clearinghouse for Education Facilities (NCEF) Exit. The NCEF home page that contains information for schools including planning, designing, funding, building, improving, and maintaining schools. Contains resource lists on over 100 topics.

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Financing

School Support and Technology Programs and Grants. U.S. Department of Education. A list of school support and technology programs and grants, including specific programs for school facilities renovation and financing.

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Green/Sustainable Products and Buildings

The Greening Curve: Lessons Learned in the Design of the EPA Campus In North Carolina. Describes the process and lessons learned in building 1 million square feet of new laboratory and office space using green, sustainable building techniques.EPA 220K-02-001, November 2001.

BEES (Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability) Software. National Institute of Standards and Technology. Information on BEES 3.0, which is a Windows-based decision support software for designers, builders, and product manufacturers; BEES includes actual environmental and economic performance data for nearly 200 building products.

BuildingGreen.com Exit. Website with articles, reviews, and news stories on energy-efficient, resource-efficient, and healthy building practices.

EbuildExit. Resource for building professionals that indexes building products and manufacturers and also provides articles, links, and building product resources.

"Green" Purchasing Promising Practices Guide. Resource for green purchasing tips, strategies, and success stories; compiled by U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Energy.

Greenseal.Website for Green SealExit, an independent, non-profit organization that strives to achieve a healthier and cleaner environment by identifying and promoting products and services that cause less toxic pollution and waste, conserve resources and habitats, and minimize global warming and ozone depletion. The site provides information on environmentally responsible products and services.

Healthy Housing and Sustainability.Canada Mortgage and Housing CorporationExit. Links to planners, fact sheets, and other information that promotes the concept of healthy housing.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. ;U.S. Green Building Council. Website for the LEED system Exit, a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. LEED provides a framework for assessing building performance and meeting sustainability goals.

Leading by Example: Two Case Studies Documenting How the Environmental Protection Agency Incorporated Environmental Features into New Buildings. EPA. This 1997 publication provides two case studies to demonstrate how large building projects can incorporate cost-effective environmental features while addressing the concerns unique to each site. The document also emphasizes that purchasing decisions are an integral part of the sustainable design process. EPA 742-97-006

Oikos Green Building Source Exit. Iris Communications, Inc. Green Building News and information for professionals whose work promotes sustainable design and construction.

Sustainable Building Technical Manual. U.S. Department of Energy and Public Technology, Inc. ExitComprehensive manual for architects, developers, building owners, government officials, and others on how to design, operate, and maintain environmentally friendly buildings and to implement sustainable development practices. The book addresses the economics of green building, pre-design strategies, passive solar design, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems, electricity, plumbing, indoor air quality, acoustics, selection of building and landscaping materials, and housekeeping.

Sustainable Schools. California Division of the State Architect Exit. Website provides a diverse collection of sustainable building resources including the numerous benefits, guidelines, programs, case studies, relevant publications, and funding options/incentives for those interested and involved in designing, developing, and constructing high performance schools.

Whole Building Design Guide. National Institute of Building Sciences. ExitInformation Resource for building professionals with and emphasis on integrated, "whole-building" design techniques and technologies for high-performance buildings.

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Healthy School Environments Websites

Healthy School Environments Exit. EPA. A gateway to on-line resources for facility managers, school administrators, architects, design engineers, school nurses, parents, teachers and staff to address environmental health issues in schools.

Healthy School Environments Resource List. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities Exit. NCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles on environmentally safe and healthy school buildings.

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High Performance Schools

Collaborative for High Performance Schools Exit. Website contains information on training and events, and tools such as schools planning kits, best practices manuals, videos, and other publications.

High Performance Building Guidelines, April, 1997, city of New York, Department of Design and Construction

High Performance School Buildings Resource List. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities Exit. NCEF's resource list of documents, reports, links, books, and journal articles exploring high performance schools, including sustainability and green design issues, cost and funding concerns, and educational and community benefits.

High Performance Schools Partnership. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Exit. A report documenting information from four Pittsburgh schools on an initiative to encourage schools, communities, and businesses to come together to promote environmental stewardship and healthy educational facilities.

Minnesota Sustainable Design Guide Exit. University of Minnesota. A tool to learn about sustainability, manage design decisions, and integrate sustainable design into the building design and operation processes for new and renovated facilities.

Office of Facilities Planning. New York State Education Department Exit. Website contains the latest information on facilities planning in the state, in addition to laws, regulations, publications, surveys, and grants.

School Indoor Air Quality Best Management Practices Manual (November 2003) Washington State Department of Health. A manual to help prevent or reduce indoor air quality problems in Washington’s schools by focusing on practices for use during siting, design, construction, and renovation.

Sustainable Schools. California Division of the State Architect Exit. Website provides a diverse collection of sustainable building resources including the numerous benefits, guidelines, programs, case studies, relevant publications, and funding options/incentives for those interested and involved in designing, developing, and constructing high performance schools.

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Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC)

HVAC Systems Resource List. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. NCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles on heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems in school buildings, including geothermal heating systems.

International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP)

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Indoor Air Quality

See also EPA's Indoor Air Quality Website.

Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers. EPA. Provides practical suggestions on preventing, identifying, and resolving indoor air quality problems in public and commercial buildings. See also the IAQ Building Education and Assessment Model (I-BEAM). I-BEAM updates and expands EPA's existing Building Air Quality guidance and is designed to be comprehensive state-of-the-art guidance for managing IAQ in commercial buildings. This guidance was designed to be used by building professionals and others interested in indoor air quality in commercial buildings. I-BEAM contains text, animation/visual, and interactive/calculation components that can be used to perform a number of diverse tasks.

California Indoor Air Quality Program. California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment Exit. Website with announcements, descriptions, events, fact sheets, guidance, and reports on IAQ. The mission of the IAQ Program is to conduct and promote the coordination of research, investigations, experiments, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, and control of indoor pollution in California.

Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality in Schools. This EPA working paper describes how to protect and enhance indoor air quality and energy efficiency in schools and how to prevent or resolve indoor environmental quality problems related to energy efficiency. This document was designed to help facility managers create a healthier indoor environment for students, teachers, and staff.

Environmental Health - Indoor Air Quality. National Education Association Health Information Network Exit. Website with information on IAQ in schools, with links to various tools, case studies, fact sheets, training modules, and other resources.

Healthier Schools, A Review of State Policies for Improving Indoor Air Quality. Environmental Law Institute. Purchasing information for this document that focuses on IAQ, a key component of a healthy school environment. ELI Resources Exit

IAQ Guidelines for Occupied Buildings Under Construction. The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA). Link to purchasing information for guidance for dealing with the indoor air quality-related health impact on building occupants during building demolition, renovation, or construction. (Scroll down search page to title.) SMACNA Bookstore Website Exit

Indoor Air Quality - A Systems Approach. The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association. Link to purchasing information for that updated IAQ manual that provides for a system-type approach to identifying and solving IAQ concerns, while introducing the fundamentals of IAQ. Other topics covered are testing and identification and source mitigation. SMACNA Bookstore Website Exit

Indoor Air Quality Resource List. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities Exit. NCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles addressing indoor air quality issues in school buildings, including building materials, maintenance practices, renovation procedures, and ventilation systems.

Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. EPA. This document presents guidelines for the remediation/cleanup of mold and moisture problems in schools and commercial buildings; these guidelines include measures designed to protect the health of building occupants and remediators.

Ozone Generators That Are Sold as Air Cleaners: An Assessment of Effectiveness and Health Consequences. EPA. This document provides information regarding the use of ozone-generating devices in indoor occupied spaces based on the most credible scientific evidence currently available.

Preventing Indoor Air Quality Problems in Educational Facilities: Guidelines for Hot, Humid ClimatesExit. J. David Odom and George DuBose (CH2M Hill in cooperation with Disney Development Corporation). Purchasing information (through the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities) for this IAQ manual that deals exclusively with mold and mildew and on improving design and construction standards to promote optimal school building performance.

School Indoor Air Quality. University of Minnesota Exit. An extensive list of frequently asked questions that address a variety of IAQ issues, including health and other effects, prevention, diagnostics, and mitigation. This list complements EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools and is intended to aid school officials in implementing a cost-effective IAQ management plan.

Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned? EPA. Website designed to explain in detail the air duct cleaning process and associated benefits.

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Schools. EPA. Website designed to encourage school officials to adopt IPM practices for reducing children's exposure to pesticides; includes information on how to start a program, success stories, and funding.

Integrated Pest Management in Schools. EPA, University of Florida, National Integrated Pest Management Network Exit. Website for parents, teachers, administrators, and pest managers providing technical information, management practices, presentations, teaching curricula, a message board, and an IPM listserve.

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Life Cycle Costing

Life Cycle Costing Resource List. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities Exit. NCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles on methods for determining the total cost of ownership for school construction, operation, and maintenance over the life of the facility.

Tool for Reduction and Assessment of Chemical and Other Environmental Impacts (TRACI). EPA. A tool that characterizes potential effects of ozone depletion, global warming, acidification, eutrophication, photochemical smog, human health cancer, human health non-cancer, human health criteria, ecotoxicity, fossil fuel use, land use, and water use.

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Lead

Lead in Paint, Dust, and Soil. EPA. Website with basic information about lead and lead hazards; it provides some simple steps for protection.

Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Website that includes information on grants, programs, regulations, guidance, and training related to household lead and lead hazards.

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Legislation

Healthier Schools, A Review of State Policies for Improving Indoor Air Quality. Environmental Law Institute. Purchasing information for this document that focuses on IAQ, a key component of a healthy school environment. ELI Resources Exit

Thomas. Library of Congress Exit. This Website provides information about all Federal legislation, Congressional records, and Congressional committee activities.

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Mercury

Mercury. EPA. Mercury information Website containing links to frequently asked questions, fact sheets, reports/publications , legislative actions, fish advisories, and technical information.

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Mold and Moisture

Building Air Quality, Appendix C- Moisture, Mold, and Mildew. EPA. Appendix to the EPA publication "Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers" that identifies sources of moisture, methods of reducing moisture, and methods for recognizing and correcting problems caused by mold and mildew.

Building Science PressThis Website lists documents for sale, which promote the awareness, education, and development of energy efficient, environmentally responsible buildings and communities. Documents include theBuilder’s Guide for Mixed-Humid Climates and the Moisture Control Handbook.Building Science Press Store Website Exit

Humidity Control Design Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers. American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. Purchasing information for a manual aimed at HVAC designers concerned with humidity control. It helps to define the purpose of a humidity control project, and provides information on the effects of humidity on mold, mildew, bacteria, viruses and overall human health and comfort. ASHRAE WebsiteExit

IAQ Reference Guide Appendix H - Mold and Moisture. EPA. Part of EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit, this part of the IAQ Reference Guide provides information and links about mold and moisture and their implications in a school environment.

Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. EPA. This document presents guidelines for the remediation/cleanup of mold and moisture problems in schools and commercial buildings; these guidelines include measures designed to protect the health of building occupants and remediators.

Mold: Cause, Effect, and Response. Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries Exit. This Website requires registration to download the document. The document provides information on identifying mold problems, getting rid of mold, and preventing mold from growing. It also provides general mold information and lists resources, guidelines, and insurance information.

Mold in Schools Resource List. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. ExitNCEF's annotated list of links, books, and journal articles about identifying, assessing, and removing mold-contaminated materials from school facilities and preventing mold growth.

Preventing Indoor Air Quality Problems in Educational Facilities: Guidelines for Hot, Humid Climates. J. David Odom and George DuBose (CH2M Hill in cooperation with Disney Development Corporation). Purchasing information (through the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities) for this IAQ manual that deals exclusively with mold and mildew and on improving design and construction standards to promote optimal school building performance.

Recommended Best Practices for Mold Investigations in Minnesota Schools (34 pp, 126K) Exit. Minnesota Department of Health. Publication to assist school district staff in their initial efforts to investigate the causes and severity of mold problems for the purpose of finding appropriate cost-effective solutions.

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Operations and Maintenance

(see also Cleaning and Maintenance)

Alliance of Schools for Cooperative Insurance Programs. ExitASCIP is a community of member schools whose mission is to protect and conserve educational resources for the benefit of our students in public schools and colleges by serving schools' insurance and risk management needs.

Collaborative for High Performance Schools. Exit. CHPS's Website contains information on training and events, and tools such as schools planning kits, best practices manuals, videos, and other publications.

Energy Smart Schools. U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Website contains information on school construction, maintenance, transportation, and teaching tools, with a focus on energy efficiency and awareness.

Mid-Atlantic Environmental Hygiene Resource Center. MEHRC is an independent nonprofit indoor environmental quality training center; the Website provides links to their courses and registration. Mid Atlantic Environmental Hygiene Resource Center (MEHRC), University City Science Center, 3701 Market Street, 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (215) 966-6191/(215) 387-6321 (fax) Indoor environmental quality training on topics such as mold remediation.

Organizations

The Association of Physical Plant Administrators. Exit Homepage and membership site of an organization which represents the interests of education facility officers of all levels.

The Center for Health and Healthcare in Schools. Exit Homepage for a nonpartisan policy and program resource center located at The George Washington University School of Public Health Services.

Council of Educational Facility Planners. Exit CEFPI is a professional association whose members—individuals, institutions and corporations—are involved in planning, designing, building and equipping schools and colleges.

Educational Facility Information.DesignShare. Exit Access page for links to information about educational facilities. DesignShare is an international forum for innovative schools.

Healthy Schools Network, Inc. Exit HSN is a national not-for-profit organization centered on children's environmental health and dedicated to assuring every child and school employee an environmentally safe and healthy school through research, information, referral, advocacy, and coalition-building.

School Planning and Management.Exit Peter Li Education Group. Magazine devoted to providing better learning environments for all children.

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Performance

Indoor Air Quality and Student Performance. EPA. This site presents evidence that shows poor IAQ can cause illness resulting in absence or poor performance in school. To learn more about the data and studies cited.

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Portable/Relocatable Classrooms

California Advisory on Relocatable and Renovated Classrooms. Exit California Department of Health Services. This document summarizes the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) considerations regarding the purchase/lease of relocatable classrooms (or "portables") and the contracting for renovation of existing space. It is provided to advise school facility managers how to minimize potential health impacts from IEQ problems with cost-effective practices.

Portable Classrooms/Modular Construction Resource List. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities Exit. NCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles on the use of portable and modular structures on school campuses, also called relocatables, trailers, mobiles, doublewides, factory-builts, learning cottages, or demountables.

California Portable Classrooms Study Exit Draft report of the California Air Resources Board (ARB) and Department of Health Services (DHS) that provides the results of a two-year study of environmental health conditions in California’s portable classrooms.

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Renovation

EPA Tools for Schools Renovation and Repairing Checklist. EPA. Indoor air quality checklist discussing communications, general activities, painting, flooring, roofing, project completion and commissioning, and construction administration. See the Checklists via the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit.

IAQ Guidelines for Occupied Buildings Under Construction. The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) Exit Link to purchasing information for guidance for dealing with the indoor air quality-related health impact on building occupants during building demolition, renovation, or construction.

Preventing Indoor Air Quality Problems During Construction and Renovation.ExitCommonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Occupational Safety. Recommendations for successfully reducing indoor air quality complaints during building renovation activities.

School Support and Technology Programs and Grants. U.S. Department of Education. A list of school support and technology programs and grants, including specific programs for school facilities renovation and financing.

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Siting

ENVIROFACTS EPA. EPA’s single point of access to a wide range of databases that provide mapping capabilities for specific locations throughout the country.

ASTM Standard Practice E-1527-00 Phase I Environmental Site Assessment. American Society for Testing and Materials. Exit Brief summary and link to ordering this guide, which defines good customary practice for conducting an environmental site assessment of commercial real estate with respect to petroleum products and contaminants within the scope of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.

ASTM Standard Practice E-1903-97 (2002) Phase II Environmental Site Assessment. American Society for Testing and Materials. Brief summary and link to ordering this guide, which defines good customary practice for conducting a Phase II environmental site assessment of commercial real estate with respect to petroleum products and contaminants within the scope of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.

Technical and Administrative Guidance Memorandum: Determination of Soil Cleanup Objectives and Cleanup Levels. Exit New York State Department of Conservation. Text and appendices of this document which states that the cleanup goal of the Department is to restore inactive hazardous waste sites to predisposal conditions, to the extent feasible and authorized by law. This memorandum provides a basis and procedure to determine soil cleanup levels at individual sites, when the Director of the DHWR determines that cleanup of a site to predisposal conditions is not possible or feasible.

Site Selection Resource List. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. ExitNCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles on school siting, including examples of state selection criteria and resources on environmental issues and site organization.

Brownfields Cleanup and Redevelopment. EPA. Portal for topics on Brownfields, including pilot projects, grants, liability, cleanup, partnerships, outreach, resources, news, events, laws, and regulations.

Building Safe Scohols: Invisible Threats, Visible Actions. Exit Center for Health, Environment, and Justice. This report addresses the need for protective laws around building new schools; it includes guidance for acquiring property and for evaluating existing sites, model school siting legislation, references, community stories, and actions for parents and community leaders.

Evaluating and Cleaning Up School Sites. Exit California Department of Toxic Substance Control. Website provides information about the Schools Property Evaluation and Cleanup Division, including school sites, fact sheets, general information, environmental advisories, guidance, regulatory background, and the registered environmental assessor program.

Guide to School Site Analysis and Development 2000 Edition. Exit California Department of Education. This document assists school districts in determining the amount of land needed to support their educational programs in accordance with their stated goals and with recommendations of the California Department of Education.

Sensitive Environments and the Siting of Hazardous Waste Management Facilities (PDF) (12 pp, 662K). EPA. This publication discusses sensitive types of environments that pose special challenges to the siting, expansion, and operation of RCRA hazardous waste management facilities.

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Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation

SunWise School Program. EPA. Website for the environmental and health education program that aims to teach children and their caregivers how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun. This page accesses information about sun safety, tools for member schools, member information, and links to relevant publications.

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U.S. Department of Education

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. Exit NCEF’s gateway page to their resource lists of subject-specific compilations of information on subjects including education design, financing, planning, operations, and construction. Each resource list includes links to online publications and related Websites as well as descriptions of books, studies, reports, and journal articles.

National Center for Educational Statistics. Website for the NCES, which is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations.

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Waste

Wastewise Program EPA. Website for a free, voluntary, program helping organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste, benefiting the bottom line and the environment.

Comprehensive Procurement Guideline (CPG) Program. EPA. Website for a program that is part of EPA's continuing effort to promote the use of materials recovered from solid waste; this Website recommends recycled content for different types of products.

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Water

Water Conservation and Safety Resource List. Exit National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. NCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles on water efficiency, lead-safe drinking water, and plumbing issues in school buildings and grounds.

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