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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

Map of the US, split into EPA regions

Find school contacts in EPA offices around the country.

There are also a variety of other federal, national and state, local and tribal resources that can help you improve the health of your school’s environment.