Toolkit for EPA Region 8 States (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)

What if your school could reduce environmental impacts, improve learning conditions and lower operating costs, all at the same time? The MSU Extension Housing and Environmental Health Program has developed the Healthy and Safe Schools Kit to help schools create a healthy environment.

Did you know?

  1. One out of 13 school-age children have asthma. Asthma is the leading reason children are absent from school.
  2. Twenty-five percent of the chemicals used in schools are classified as hazardous chemicals.
  3. Poor indoor air quality can impact the comfort and health of students and staff, which, in turn, can affect concentration, attendance, and performance.

The environmental improvement strategies in the Healthy and Safe Schools Kit has been organized into several categories, including:

The Healthy and Safe Schools Kit offers tips and resources to help schools identify opportunities to "green" their buildings and operations, conserve energy, reduce waste, and improve air quality. The emphasis has been placed on prevention-oriented strategies, which are preferable to dealing with wastes and pollutants after the fact.



EPA Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Resources

Additional Resources

Healthy and Safe Schools Webinar Series
The Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center hosted a 6-part webinar series in early 2010 and a 5-part series targeted at tribal schools in May 2011. The presentations are available for viewing in the Webinars Section.

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