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Conservation Tillage Facts
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Efficient Wood Use in Residential Construction
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Environmental Management Systems: An Implementatio...
Describes how to take a systematic approach to attaining environmental and organizational goals.
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Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guide
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Guide to Cleaner Technologies - Alternatives to Ch...
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IAQ Tools for Schools
Guidance to prevent and solve, with minimal cost and involvement, the majority of indoor air problem...
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Laboratory Self-Audit and Preferred Practices
Using these on-line guides will help educators who manage teaching laboratories examine how they cur...
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Paints, Solvents and Wood Preservatives
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Preventing Silicosis and Deaths in Construction Wo...
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Alert outlines health risks, gives case...
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Small Business Waste Reduction Guide
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Sustainable Small Scale Nursery Production
Focuses on sustainable production of nursery plants not only in the field but also in containers. So...
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Urban Integrated Pest Management
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Water Quality Handbook for Nurseries
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List of Links for the P2 in Action Section of the Ag Teaching Labs Topic Hub
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Ag Container Recycling
Abstract: Gives information on acceptable materials (HDPE crop protection product containers) and how to prepare them for recycling. Also provides information about contracted recyclers serving each state.
Source: Ag Container Recycling Council
Resource Type: Web site

Agricultural Best Management Practices
Abstract: The production of food and fiber often requires complex strategies that must balance profitable and efficient farming with concerns about water quality and quantity. This fact sheet outlines potential pollution prevention methods.
Source: The Ohio State University Extension
Resource Type: Fact sheet/checklist

Agronomics of Manure Use for Crop Production
Abstract: Reviews the nutrient benefits of using manure as a fertilizer. Includes recommended application amounts and placements.
Source: Univerisity of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service
Resource Type: Fact sheet/checklist

Anti-freeze Recycling
Abstract: Describes methods for recycling anti-freeze and justification for recycling it. Compares on-site recycling, mobile recycling service, and off-site recycling.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9
Resource Type: Chapter

Aqueous Cleaning Solutions
Abstract: Aqueous cleaning is a cost effective alternative to chlorinated solvents. This paper describes options and explains how aqueous units work. It also gives case studies.
Source: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9
Resource Type: Chapter

Closed Insulated Pallet Systems for Greenhouses and Nurseries
Abstract: The Closed, Insulated Pallet System (CIPS) is an alternative to traditional nursery and greenhouse practices for producing container-grown plants. Reduces use of herbicides; eliminates water run-off or leaching in production areas; reduces and conserves
Source: Briggs Nursery
Resource Type: Article/report

Composting Training Manual
Abstract: Composting can significantly reduce the solid waste stream and improve soil for healthy plants. Manual includes information on organizing a "Master Composter Training" and includes the training guide.
Source: Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board
Resource Type: Manual/handbook/curriculum

Conservation Tillage Facts
Abstract: Describes what it is, how it helps and what crops can most likely benefit. Also links to more detailed information.
Source: Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)
Resource Type: Fact sheet/checklist

Control Technology Assessment for the Welding Operations
Abstract: Results of a study to identify, observe, and evaluate measures which may reduce the amount of fumes a worker is exposed to during welding. The goals of the study were to measure fume exposures during stainless steel welding, using different rod types and
Source: Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)
Resource Type: Article/report

Developing a Coolant Maintenance Program for Machining Operations
Abstract: The conventional practice of discarding and replacing once-used coolants is costly and wasteful. A coolant maintenance program can help minimize contamination, prolong coolant life, and reduce frequency of disposal.
Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Resource Type: Fact sheet/checklist

Efficient Wood Use in Residential Construction
Abstract: Describes the advantages of several wood-efficient approaches to design, material selection, and construction in residential applications.
Source: Natural Resources Defense Council
Resource Type: Article/report

Energy Star for Schools
Abstract: Tools for schools to measure recent energy performance and estimate potential for improvement with resources to help improve energy efficiency.
Source: EPA
Resource Type: Web site

Environmental Management Systems: An Implementation Guide for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
Abstract: Describes how to take a systematic approach to attaining environmental and organizational goals.
Source: U.S. EPA
Resource Type: Manual/handbook/curriculum

Environmental, Health & Safety Issues Involving the Burlington, MA Public School System
Abstract: Extensive review of environmental and health and safety (EHS) issues involving the Burlington, Massachusetts public school system.
Source: Burlington Board of Health
Resource Type: Case study/success story

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guide
Abstract: A reference for government and school purchasers who want to make wiser purchasing choices. Purchasing environmentally preferable products can reduce workplace hazards, reduce energy use, and protect natural resources. Alternatives in over 30 product area
Source: Minnesota Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board
Resource Type: Manual/handbook/curriculum

Floor Cleanup
Abstract: Floor drains are common sources of pollution and regulatory violations. This publication identifies reasons, methods and equipment for adopting a "dry shop" policy for shop floor cleanup.
Source: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9
Resource Type: Chapter

Guide to Cleaner Technologies - Alternatives to Chlorinated Solvents
Abstract: Elimination or reduction of the use of chlorinated cleaning and degreasing solvents is the main focus of the technologies covered in the Guide.
Source: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
Resource Type: Manual/handbook/curriculum

Guides to Pollution Prevention - Research and Educational Institutions
Abstract: This guide provides an overview of waste generating processes and operations which occur in educational or research institutions. The guide also presents options for minimizing waste generation through source reduction and recycling.
Source: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Resource Type: Article/report

IAQ Tools for Schools
Abstract: Guidance to prevent and solve, with minimal cost and involvement, the majority of indoor air problems. Presents a well-defined set of operations and maintenance activities for school staff to follow.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Resource Type: Manual/handbook/curriculum

Idaho Waste Management Guidelines for Confined Feeding Operations
Abstract: Information to help managers and regulators of confined animal feeding operations understand management practices and design criteria which prevent water pollution.
Source: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare - Division of Environmental Quality
Resource Type: Manual/handbook/curriculum

IPM for Pennsylvania Schools
Abstract: Integrated Pest Manament (IPM) uses information about pestsí life cycles to manage them with the least impact on people and the environment. This manual encourages schools to develop IPM programs and train their personnel to become familiar with IPM pract
Source: Pennsylvania State University
Resource Type: Article/report

Laboratory Self-Audit and Preferred Practices
Abstract: Using these on-line guides will help educators who manage teaching laboratories examine how they currently prevent pollution, manage waste, and make decisions about how to improve their facilities.
Source: Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center
Resource Type: Article/report

Laboratory Waste Minimization and Pollution Prevention: A Guide for Teachers
Abstract: Explains how to minimize the hazardous wastes and other undesirable by-products generated by experiments performed in classroom laboratories. It is intended for middle school, high school, and college science teachers.
Source: Battelle Seattle Research Center
Resource Type: Manual/handbook/curriculum

Managing Nonpoint Source Pollution from Agriculture
Abstract: Nonpoint source (NPS) pollution from agricultural activities is the leading source of impairment to surveyed rivers and lakes, the third largest source of impairments to surveyed estuaries, and also a major contributor to ground water contamination and we
Source: EPA Office of Water
Resource Type: Fact sheet/checklist

Material Safety Data Sheet Fact Sheet
Abstract: As environmental regulations expand in scope and influence, it is important to manage materials pro-actively. An MSDS is a tool for evaluating products used in a lab and also for evaluating their potential risks.
Source: Montana Pollution Prevention Program
Resource Type: Fact sheet/checklist

Materials Exchanges on the Web
Abstract: A database of both U.S. and international materials exchanges. The database can be sorted by name, state or country. New material exchanges can also be added.
Source: Southern Waste Information eXchange, Inc. (SWIX)
Resource Type: List

Paints, Solvents and Wood Preservatives
Abstract: Oil-based paint, thinners, strippers, and wood preservatives contain volatile hydrocarbons and other toxic chemicals. This fact sheet lists alternatives.
Source: Washington Toxics Coalition
Resource Type: Fact sheet/checklist

Pollution Prevention in Business
Abstract: Discusses pollution revention strategies for small businesses. Many applications are equally important in educational facilities.
Source: University of Nebraska Extension Service
Resource Type: Article/report

Preventing Silicosis and Deaths in Construction Workers
Abstract: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Alert outlines health risks, gives case studies of good and bad dust control and makes recommendations for reducing health risks.
Source: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Resource Type: Article/report

Recycling Programs in Schools
Abstract: Overview and outline of suggested methods to use when setting up a recycling program for a school.
Source: Maine State Planning Office
Resource Type: Fact sheet/checklist

Six Steps for a Successful Paint Project
Abstract: Guidance for purchasing the right amount of paint for a project. Also provides information about choosing the right paint, using it safely and what to do at the end of a project.
Source: King County Local Hazardous Waste Program
Resource Type: Article/report

Small Business Waste Reduction Guide
Abstract: Overview, tip sheets, case studies, checklists and regulations pertaining to many teaching lab activities -- building trades, groundskeeping, ag business, health care (vet clinics), coating and painting, metal fabrication and machining, vehicle maintenanc
Source: University of Wisconsin - Extension
Resource Type: Manual/handbook/curriculum

Source Water Protection Practices Bulletins
Abstract: A series of fact sheets on best management practices (BMPs) for activities that are likely to impact drinking water sources. Topics include: agricultural fertilizers, storage tanks, vehicle washing, small scale application of pesticides and more. The fact
Source: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Resource Type: Fact sheet/checklist

Steel Recycling
Abstract: Links to publications and a general fact sheet about steel recycling, a curriculum for kindergarten through grade 12 students, and a database to find steel recycling centers near any community.
Source: Steel Recycling Institute
Resource Type: Web site

Sustainable Small Scale Nursery Production
Abstract: Focuses on sustainable production of nursery plants not only in the field but also in containers. Some of the topics covered include integrated pest management, weed control and alternative fertilizers. Topics related to business management are also intro
Source: Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA)
Resource Type: Manual/handbook/curriculum

Urban Integrated Pest Management
Abstract: Integrated pest management (IPM) is the balanced use of all available pest control methods. The goal is to maintain acceptable quality and productivity while minimizing costs and adverse effects on the environment.
Source: North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
Resource Type: Article/report

Used Motor Oil Collection and Recycling
Abstract: Outlines benefits of recycling; how to find a collection site near you; how to prepare used oil for recycling. Also provides other useful links.
Source: American Petroleum Institute
Resource Type: Article/report

Water Quality Handbook for Nurseries
Abstract: A guide to utilizing best management practices (BMPs) in the nursery to produce quality plants while protecting water quality.
Source: Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service
Resource Type: Manual/handbook/curriculum

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