EPA's Role in Creating Healthy School Environments
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.
To promote healthy school environments, EPA:
School Coordinators for EPA Regional Offices
- offers guidance and tools to help states, districts, schools, teacher, parents, and students create or enhance productive, healthy learning environments;
- implements the Clean, Green and Healthy Schools initiative which showcases some of the exceptional school environmental health projects in each of EPA's ten regional offices; and
- has contacts in ten regional offices around the country to help address school environmental health practices and concerns.
There are also a variety of state, local and tribal resources that can also help you improve the health of your school’s environment.