Appendix C: Resources for the State School Environmental Health Guidelines
- EPA Children's Health Protection and Programs
- K-12 School Compliance, Policies, and Standards
- Assessment Tools
- National or State Awards Programs
- Practice Effective Cleaning and Maintenance
- Prevent Mold and Moisture
- Reduce Chemical and Environmental Contaminant Hazards
- Ensure Good Ventilation
- Prevent Pests and Reduce Pesticide Exposure
- New Construction and Renovation
- Enhancing Classroom Comfort
- Energy and Water Efficiency
- Training and Curricula
- Other Resources
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EPA Children's Health Protection and Programs
Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers (with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)
Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007 (310pp, 828K)
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) Safety Checklist Program for Schools
Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Principal Emergency Response and Preparedness Requirements and Guidance (76pp, 703K)
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 section 504, subpart D: Preschool, Elementary, and Secondary Education
Beyond Pesticides' State and Local School Pesticide Policies
Campus Environmental Resource Center (Campus ERC) is a library of resources that support campus environmental performance improvement and help visitors better understand environmental regulations. Although Campus ERC is designed for use by colleges and universities, K-12 school districts might find some of its resources helpful.
Environmental Law Institute's Green Cleaning in Schools: Developments in State Policy
Environmental Law Institute's Indoor Environments and Green Buildings Policy Resource Center
Environmental Law Institute's School Indoor Air Quality: State Policy Strategies for Maintaining Healthy Learning Environments (available for download)
National Association of State Boards of Education State School Healthy Policy Database is a comprehensive set of laws and policies from the 50 states on more than 40 school health topics. The policies in the database are organized into six broad categories: curriculum and instruction, staff, health promoting environment, student services, accommodation, and coordination/implementation.
National Conference of State Legislatures' Environmental Health Legislation and Statutes Databases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) School Health Profiles
National or State Awards Programs
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Recognition Award
Texas's Green Ribbon Schools Program
EPA's Design for the Environment program helps consumers, businesses, and institutional buyers identify cleaning and other products that perform well, are cost effective, and are safer for the environment. A list of products that meet Design for the Environment's stringent criteria for health and environmental safety can be found at: Design for the Environment Products.
EPA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program: Cleaning
EPA's IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit
EPA's Safe Chemical Management in Schools Green Cleaning
CDC/NIOSH's Prevention of Occupational Asthma
California Department of Public Health's Cleaning for Asthma Safe Schools Project
Illinois Green Cleaning Legislation's Public Act 095-0084
Missouri's Green Cleaning Guidelines and Specifications for Schools (26pp, 227K)
New York's Green Cleaning Program
New York's Green Cleaning Program Approved Green Cleaning Products List
The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Best Practices Manual for Maintenance and Operations: available for download.
Healthy Schools Campaign Green Clean Schools
Healthy Schools Network's Cleaning for Healthy Schools Toolkit
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities' Resource List for School Cleaning and Maintenance Practices
U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance addresses whole-building cleaning and maintenance issues (including chemical use) and exterior maintenance programs.
Green Seal is a non-profit organization that develops life-cycle based sustainability standards for products, services, and companies and offers third-party certification for those that meet the criteria in the standard.
Ecologo was founded in Canada in 1988 and is a North American environmental standard and certification mark. Ecologo's standards address multiple environmental attributes throughout the life cycle of a product or service, and have been verified by a third-party auditor.
EPA's Flood Cleanup
EPA's Molds and Moisture
University of Connecticut Health Center's Guidance for Clinicians on the Recognition and Management of Health Effects Related to Mold Exposure and Moisture Indoors (120pp, 1.1M)
EPA Region 8's Idle Free Schools Toolkit
EPA's 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water (104pp, 2.5M) manual
EPA's Asbestos in Schools
EPA's Clean School Bus USA
EPA's Hazardous Waste
EPA's PCB in Caulk Schools Fact Sheet (1p, 163K)
EPA's Radon in Schools
EPA's Smoke-Free Homes
EPA's Wastewater Management
AIRNow's Air Quality Index
AIRNow's School Flag Program
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's ToxFAQs
Consumer Product Safety Commission/NIOSH's School Chemistry Laboratory Guide (86pp, 1.6M)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories Standard
Colorado regulations for inventory of laboratory chemicals: RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING SCHOOLS IN THE STATE OF COLORADO 6 CCR 1010-6 (46pp, 206K)
King County, Washington's Local Hazardous Waste Management Program Resources for Schools
King County, Washington's Local Hazardous Waste Management Program School Chemical List
King County, Washington's Rehab the Lab Less Toxic Chemistry Labs
Maryland's Science Safety Manual Chemicals: Managing, Handling, and Disposing
Nebraska's Department of Environmental Quality School Chemicals and Disposal Guidance
Washington D.C.'s Ballou High School Mercury Spill Case Study
EPA's Asthma Triggers
EPA's IAQ Tools for Schools
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' Indoor Air Quality Program and Environmental Stewardship Initiative
Connecticut's Indoor Air Quality Law
Connecticut's Tools for Schools Program
Indiana's Department of Health School Indoor Air Quality Policy (11pp, 92K)
New Jersey's Public Employee Occupational Safety and Health Indoor Air Quality Standard
Texas's Voluntary Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for Government Buildings (including public schools)
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers' Standard 62.1-2010: Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's State Honor Roll of Asthma and Allergy School Policies
National Education Association Health Information Network's: K-12 Indoor Air Quality Lesson Plans (127pp, 5M)
California's School Integrated Pest Management
Florida's School Integrated Pest Management
Los Angeles Unified School District's Integrated Pest Management Policy (7pp, 147K)
New Jersey's School Integrated Pest Management
Pennsylvania's School Integrated Pest Management
Texas A&M's School Integrated Pest Management
Washington State University's School Integrated Pest Management
EPA's Smart Growth and Schools
EPA's WaterSense Label
EPA's WaterSense Rebate Finder
EPA's ENERGY STAR Building Upgrade Manual
EPA's ENERGY STAR Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR
EPA's ENERGY STAR Energy Design Guidance
EPA's ENERGY STAR Federal High Performance Sustainable Buildings Checklist (9pp, 1.1M)
EPA's ENERGY STAR Target Finder
U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program: Guidance for Sustainable Design
U.S. Department of Energy's National Best Practices Manual for Building High Performance Schools (457pp, 8.8M)
U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools
U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Schools
Collaborative for High Performance Schools' CHPS Designed
Collaborative for High Performance Schools' CHPS Operations Report Card
Collaborative for High Performance Schools' CHPS Verified
Collaborative for High Performance Schools' CHPS Verified for Prefabricated Classrooms
Collaborative for High Performance Schools' High Performance Products Database
Collaborative for High Performance Schools' High Performance School Best Practices Manual
Green Building Initiative's Green Globes Program
International Code Council's International Green Construction Code
National Center for Educational Statistics' Facilities Information Management: A Guide for State and Local Education Agencies (104pp, 574K)
National Center for Educational Statistics' Forum Guide to Facilities Information Management: A Resource for State and Local Education Agencies (89pp, 3.1M)
NSF International's Low Lead Plumbing Products Guide
Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association's IAQ Guidelines for Occupied Buildings Under Construction
EPA's SunWise Program
Department of Energy EnergySmart Schools Case Study's Northern Guilford Middle School, Greensboro, North Carolina
U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools What Makes a School Green?
Virginia's Albemarle County Public Schools
Standard 12.60, "Acoustical Performance Criteria, Design Requirements, and Guidelines for Schools," of the American National Standards Institute Part 1: Permanent Schools
Standard 12.60, "Acoustical Performance Criteria, Design Requirements, and Guidelines for Schools," of the American National Standards Institute Part 2: Relocatable Classrooms
Windows and Classrooms: A Study of Student Performance and the Indoor Environment (131pp, 1.3M) , California Energy Commission, Heschong Mahone Group, Inc. October 2003
EPA's Rain Barrels
EPA's Green Roofs
EPA's WaterSense Kids
The ENERGY STAR information for purchasing and procurement is designed to assist procurement officials in smart purchasing decisions. Read about how the United States Air Force (2pp, 315K) implemented ENERGY STAR purchasing and other measures to save $15 million annually. Review other case studies and the key benefits of purchasing ENERGY STAR-qualified products.
Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality in Schools (5pp, 459K): A joint EPA working paper from ENERGY STAR and Indoor Air Quality (September 2003)
EPA's ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management
EPA's ENERGY STAR Guide to Energy Efficiency Competitions for Buildings & Plants (22pp, 2.6M)
EPA's ENERGY STAR Kids Webpage
EPA's ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT Campaign
EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager: An Overview
Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy K-12 Lesson Plans and Activities
Department of Energy's EnergySmart Schools Guide to Operating and Maintaining EnergySmart Schools (64pp, 2.5M)
Colorado's Manitou Springs School District Sustainability Management Plan (30pp, 1.4M)
Lakota School District's Facilities Upgrade Case Study
Newtown, Pennsylvania's Council Rock School District Case Study
Alliance for Water Efficiency's Promoting the Efficient and Sustainable Use of Water/Schools K-12 Introduction
International Facility Management Association Sustainability contains resources and information for facility management professionals on energy and water conservation, indoor environmental quality, purchasing, and waste/recycling.
EPA's ENERGY STAR program provides no-cost training on a variety of topics related to energy efficiency in buildings, including K-12 schools. Visit http://www.energystar.gov/buildings/training/live-training to view the continuously updated list and schedule of upcoming trainings.
Classroom Earth is an online resource designed to help high school teachers include environmental content in their daily lesson plans. Its resource library offers websites, videos, and sample lesson plans. The website also features grants and funding opportunities, success stories, and professional development opportunities.
Green Education Foundation provides curriculum and resources for K-12 students and teachers.
National Environmental Education Foundation offers opportunities to incorporate environmental health lessons into student curricula.
National Energy Education Development project provides resources to educate teachers and students on the science of energy, renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy, electricity, transportation, and efficiency and conservation, among other topics. The National Energy Education Development's website offers curriculum guides and resources for teachers, as well as activities and information for students.
CDC's 2006 School Health Policies and Programs Study (4pp, 142K) overview
NIOSH's Health Hazard Evaluation Program (20pp, 3.1M)
President's Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children's Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities (24pp, 1.2M)
Chicago, Illinois's Academy for Global Citizenship
Chicago, Illinois's Academy for Global Citizenship: Sustainability Handbook for Schools (64pp, 2.2M)
Colorado Springs, Colorado School District 11 ENERGY STAR Case Study (2pp, 113K)
Illinois Department of Public Health's Healthy Schools for Healthy Learning
Minnesota Department of Health's School Related Initiatives and Programs
New Hampshire's Partners for Healthy Schools
Rhode Island's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Washington's School Environmental Health and Safety
Wisconsin's Green and Healthy Schools Program
Green Schools Alliance is a non-profit organization created by schools for schools to address environmental and climate challenges through the implementation of sustainable, energy-smart solutions. The Alliance offers programs and resources to help schools set goals, measure progress, share best practices, and inspire change. Offers ways to take action on environmental issues facing their schools.
Healthy Schools Campaign has developed an Action and Resource Guide for Healthy Schools. While the guide is intended for Illinois schools, the information within can help schools in other states address environmental health issues.
Kats, G. (2006). Greening America's schools: Costs and benefits. A Capital E Report http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=2908 (26pp, 1.8M) .
National Research Council. (2011). Climate change, the indoor environment, and health. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. 286 pages.
National Research Council. (2006). Green schools: Attributes for health and learning. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. 192 pages.
Frumkin, H., Geller, R.J., Rubin, I.L., & Nodvin, J.T. (Eds). (2006). Safe and Healthy School Environments. New York: Oxford University Press. 480 pages.