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Building Minds, Minding Buildings [PDF]
Abstract: Rodent and roach infestation, mice droppings, mold that has caused mushrooms to grow, asbestos, extreme heat or cold in classrooms, severe overcrowding, and nonfunctional bathrooms are just some examples of the appalling physical conditions found in thousands of our nation's public schools, a American Federation of Teachers (AFT) report revealed. These conditions are adversely affecting millions of students and school staff -- and potentially every student and school employee who walks through the doors of our public schools. The research is unequivocal: Poor building conditions are a serious threat to the health and academic performance of students. Achievement is significantly lower in schools with poor conditions, studies show. Likewise, asthma induced by mold and other indoor air quality problems is an increasingly prevalent school health issue and a major contributor to student and staff absenteeism. Things don't have to be this way. Schools can be modernized or built from scratch using proven, cost-effective and environmentally sound solutions. Many schools already are meeting these high standards, serving as models to others. The AFT believes that healthy, well-maintained schools that are conducive to learning cannot be reserved for select communities; they must be part of the academic agenda for every American student. This 28-page PDF contains an introduction, the problem, the consequences, the elements, recommendations and a conclusion.
Source: American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
URL: http://www.aft.org/topics/building-conditions/downloads/mind
ing-bldgs.pdf

Environmental Virtual Campus
Abstract: Developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), this virtual campus uses an engaging, intuitive format to highlight potential environmental issues at nine campus areas, and provides compliance information and good management practices on a number of issues. Areas covered include arts/theater areas, cafeterias, dormitories, drains/sewers, grounds/vehicles, labs, medical areas, power plants and waste storage. Use the Content List part of the site as an index or site map. Lists of acronyms, useful links and a glossary are also included.
Source: MIT and the U.S. EPA
URL: http://www.c2e2.org/evc/home.html

Green Seal Green Facilities Partnership [PDF]
Abstract: The aims of the Partnership are to provide recognition and, if requested, technical assistance to organizations that are working to implement environmentally preferable operations and maintenance practices. The Green Facilities Partnership is not a standard-based certification program; rather, the partnership provides recognition based on implementation of an action plan that is specific to each partner organizations particular challenges and opportunities. The Green Facilities Partnership is intended to complement established green building certification programs, in particular the US Green Building Council's LEED rating systems. In order to achieve the highest level of the partnership--Green Facilities Champion--organization will be expected to make all reasonable efforts to achieve LEED certification for its operations and maintenance program.
Source: Green Seal
URL: http://www.greenseal.org/programs/Green_Facilities_Partnersh
ip.pdf

Greening Schools
Abstract: Greening Schools is a joint project of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and the Illinois Waste Management and Research Center (WMRC). This program is designed to assist schools with improving physical environmental conditions, while also providing teachers with standards-based tools to introduce concepts of waste reduction and pollution prevention to students. The program offers free technical assistance to all Illinois schools, public and private. The program?s Web site offers pollution prevention, waste reduction, energy efficiency, and related resources for all school personnel, including teachers, administrators, and facility managers.
Source: IEPA & WMRC
URL: http://www.greeningschools.org

Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEAT)
Abstract: EPA has developed a unique software tool to help school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety and health issues. [Note: EPA is using the term "district" to broadly describe any institutional system for managing multiple schools, whether they are public, private, tribal, charter or some variation.] The Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEATv2) is designed to be customized and used by district-level staff to conduct completely voluntary self-assessments of their school (and other) facilities and to track and manage information on environmental conditions school by school. In addition to powerful software that can be used by districts to track any facility issues it chooses, EPA has also included critical elements of all of its regulatory and voluntary programs for schools, as well as web links to more detailed information. Districts and others can download HealthySEATv2 at no cost from the EPA web site. HealthySEATv2 is meant to be loaded and used on district computers; once it is downloaded from the EPA web site, HealthySEATv2 is yours to customize and use as you see fit. There are no reporting requirements and no obligation to use the checklist EPA has provided.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/schools/healthyseat/index.html

Healthy Schools: Lessons for a Clean Educational Environment [PDF]
Abstract: More than 53 million children and 6 million adults in the United States spend their days in our elementary and secondary schools. Reducing environmental risks inside these buildings is critical to maintaining the public health. Almost all of New England's children will spend a large portion of their childhood in school. To help our children stay healthy, we must reduce their exposure to environmental hazards in school environments. When students and their teachers are healthy and comfortable, children learn and produce more in the classroom, which in turn improves performance and achievement later in life. This brochure can help school employees and parents recognize potential environmental health issues at schools, both indoors and outdoors. It includes basic information about a broad range of topics, and links to web sites that offer more information and guidance on how to have a healthier school environment and comply with relevant laws. EPA's Healthy School Environments web site provides access to programs that help prevent and resolve environmental issues in schools.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/NE/children/pdfs/healthy_schools.pdf

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF)
Abstract: Created in 1997 by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) provides information on planning, designing, funding, building, improving, and maintaining safe, healthy, high performance schools. The NCEF site provides extensive resource lists on various topics, which are grouped into the following broad categories: Preplanning, Planning, Design, School Spaces, School Grounds, Case Studies, Safe Schools, Healthy Schools, High Performance Schools, Technology, Materials & Equipment, School Construction, Financing, Building & Operating Costs, and Maintenance & Operations.
Source: National Institute of Building Sciences
URL: http://www.edfacilities.org/

Report Card for a High Performance School [PDF]
Abstract: Report to your community how your school is doing regarding high performance building attributes. (PDF Format; Length: 1 page)
Source: BetterBricks
URL: http://www.betterbricks.com/graphics/assets/documents/Report
-Card_Final.pdf

Safe Shops Tool Kit
Abstract: The Boston Public Health Commission's Safe Shops Tool Kit was developed to describe how the Safe Shops Project was created and to provide other communities which are also working toward goals of environmental health and pollution prevention in auto shops the tools and resources necessary to start or compliment initiatives of their own. Tool Kit sections include: Safe Shops Case Study; Develop & Sustain Partnerships; Identifying Shops; Creating an Educational Program; Addressing Health Disparities; Auto Shop Links & Resources; Apply for Funding Resources; and Providing Incentives. The Tool Kit can be downloaded in its entirety in a zip file at the address listed above. You can also view the sections online and download documents associated with each section separately. Please note that other auto shop educational material and information about the Safe Shops Project can be found at http://www.bphc.org/safeshops.
Source: Boston Public Health Commission
URL: http://www.bphc.org/bphc/safeshops_toolkit.asp

U.S. EPA Healthy School Environments Portal
Abstract: The Healthy School Environments Web pages are intended to serve as a gateway to on-line resources to help facility managers, school administrators, architects, design engineers, school nurses, parents, teachers and staff address environmental health issues in schools. Included on these pages are links to information on: the design, construction and renovation of school buildings; energy efficiency for schools; environmental education; facility operations and maintenance; indoor environmental air quality; legislation and regulations related to children's environmental health; outdoor air pollution; portable classrooms; safety and preparedness; waste issues, including recycling, waste reduction and composting; and water issues. The site also provides quick links to relevant U.S. EPA programs. The portal site also provides information about an assessment tool that EPA is developing to help school districts evaluate their school facilities for key environmental, safety and health issues in an effort to promote the health and safety of children and staff in the nation's 120,000+ public and private school facilities.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/schools/

U.S. EPA School Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3)
Abstract: The Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3) aims to ensure that all schools are free from hazards associated with mismanaged chemicals. SC3 gives K-12 schools information and tools to responsibly manage chemicals. By using the tools provided on this site and pulling together a team with a variety of perspectives, expertise, and resources you can develop a successful chemical management program. Schools, parents, and local organizations can partner to create a chemical management program that meets the unique needs of their schools. SC3 is one component of EPA's Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC), a national effort to conserve natural resources and energy by managing materials more efficiently.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/sc3/

Wisconsin Green and Healthy Schools Program
Abstract: Wisconsin Green & Healthy Schools program is a web-based, voluntary program available to all public and private elementary, middle, and high schools across Wisconsin. The program encourages teachers, staff, students and parents to work together to use the school, its grounds, and the whole community as learning tools to help teach, promote, and apply healthy, safe and environmentally sound practices. There is no time limit for completing the program. You can move at your own pace. Educators, administrators, staff and students use Green & Healthy School resources with DNR and DPI support to assist with curriculum integration, community involvement, and implementation.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR)
URL: http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/greenschools/index.htm

 


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