This Toolkit has been created as a set of electronic documents; brief descriptions of each element of the Healthy and Safe Schools Toolkit may be found at each section link. Within each section are links to other relevant files (including inventory worksheets and BMP checklists) useful for implementing school pollution prevention.


This Toolkit was created by Montana State University’s Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Center thru funding by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. Assistance was provided by Sonja Wallace at Utah DEQ and Gregg Smith with Salt Lake City School District. Thanks also go to Tom Merrill, Utah State Department of Risk Management, and Matt Langenfeld, EPA Region 8 for their assistance.

This Toolkit has been piloted in Utah schools and will continue to be reviewed and revised. Contact Myla Kelly with MSU’s Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center at 406-994-6948 with any questions or comments. The version of the Toolkit offered here is designed to meet the needs of schools throughout EPA Region 8.

A webinar on school chemical cleanouts will be offered on January 13, 2010 as part of a new webinar series sponsored by Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center, EPA Region 8 and the Wyoming Department of Education. Registration details and more information will be available soon.


MSU provided the necessary training and educational guidance to successfully inventory and lab-pack hazardous chemicals at 5 schools on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. This work was accomplished in collaboration with the Cheyenne River Sioux Environmental Protection Department, Cheyenne Eagle Butte High School, Dupree School, Takini School, Timber Lake High School, and Tiospaye Topa School. Chemicals lab-packed include neurotoxins, carcinogens, suspected carcinogens, strong oxidizers, corrosive, caustic, toxic, ignitable, flammable, and potentially explosive chemicals. The schools’ total student population is 668 and 84% Native American. A total of 1,750 pounds of chemicals were lab-packed by a hazardous waste broker and removed from the school system to a proper disposal/storage facility. Read more

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