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April 2009

National Environmental Education Week

National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is the largest organized environmental education event in the United States. EE Week increases the educational impact of Earth Day by creating a full week of educational preparation, learning, and activities in K-12 classrooms, nature centers, zoos, museums, and aquariums. By participating in EE Week, you encourage your students to make a difference in their schools, homes, and communities. Check out the event web site for more information, to register your organization for participation, get a promotional toolkit, and to access teaching resources.


March 2009

Illinois Rain Garden Initiative

The Illinois Rain Garden Initiative is an environmental initiative of the Office of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to help prevent flooding and improve stormwater management. As part of the initiative, schools across Illinois will plant rain gardens consisting entirely of native plant species. By providing follow-up maintenance and educational programs, the rain gardens will blossom into natural water quality systems that collect runoff and filter the groundwater. This web site provides an introduction to rain gardens, tips on creating a rain garden, lists of plants to use in a rain garden, and links to more information on rain gardens.


February 2009

Alliance to Save Energy: Saving Energy in Schools

This portion of the Alliance to Save Energy web site includes best practices for controlling energy costs for school operations and maintenance; school energy efficiency links; energy efficient school construction resources; indoor air quality information; information on school retrofits; and pollution calculators that allow for the estimation of the environmental benefits of an energy efficiency measure.


January 2009

Illinois Solar Schools

The Illinois Solar Schools Program, sponsored by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, teaches the value of renewable energy and energy efficiency to K-12 students. By turning school buildings into hands-on science experiments, this program makes science fun and teaches students how their everyday actions can positively impact the environment. The Illinois Solar Schools Program promotes the installation of 1 kW PV systems at K-12 schools and other educational facilities. Although each system is relatively small, students see first-hand on a daily basis how sunlight is converted to electricity. Schools and other educational institutions reduce their electricity consumption by using a clean renewable fuel that is free. To enhance the educational value of the system, online monitoring to provide real-time data on the amount of electricity generated is included in the grant. Since the program's launch in 2006, the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation has awarded $530,000 in grants to 53 schools to support the installation of 1 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Each typical solar school installation will generate about 1,200 kWh of electricity per year and help avoid 3600 lbs of carbon dioxide emissions.


December 2008

HealthyToys.org: The Consumer Guide to Toxic Chemicals in Toys

HealthyToys.org includes test results for more than 1,500 toys and children's products. This site is a first step in providing parents, grandparents, and others who care about children with the information they need to make better choices when purchasing toys and other children's products. Toy rankings and information on chemicals of concern are available, as well as information on what you can do to help prevent the inclusion of toxic chemicals in toys. You can search the toys in the HealthyToys database by product, product code, or manufacturer. You can also use the "Test my Toy" feature to suggest toys and products to be tested and added to the database. HealthyToys.org is a project of the Ecology Center.


November 2008

Teachers Guide on Climate Change

This guide points K-12 educators to the best sites for teaching about climate change: several that offer first rate background material, and others that include detailed lesson plans and experiments. It begins with Top Ten Things You Need to Know about Global Warming and a note about why there is so much controversy surrounding this issue.


October 2008

The Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools, 2nd Edition

The Healthy Schools Campaign recently released the second edition of The Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools. The updated edition includes new sections on sustainability, green cleaning for food service, integrated pest management, ongoing infection control, new technologies and more, plus an enhanced purchasing directory with more than 500 products that meet HSC's environmental standards for schools. Order a free copy or access the guide online.


September 2008

Organic School Project

Chicago chef Greg Christian began this project, which according to its web site "provides school age children with a mindful foundation for a healthy lifestyle through wellness programming initiatives, expressed through a three-part mission Grow.Teach.Feed. Grow: OSP reconnects our children to their food source through school and community organic gardens. Teach: OSP teaches children nutrition, mindfulness, and environmental stewardship through an integrated curriculum and wellness workshops. Feed: OSP feeds children More Positive Foods(tm) through the school food service system. OSP meals are made-from-scratch, organic, natural and sourced locally when seasonally available. By providing programming that helps children make a connection between the food they eat and their health, and that fosters stress-reducing attitudes and behaviors, OSP strives to combat the childhood obesity epidemic and other health-related illnesses." Check out the OSP web site (link above) for more information about this innovative demonstration project, and read more about it in the 8/22/08 edition of Ideal Bite--Chicago.


August 2008

Ecology Global Network

The Ecology Global Network aggregates ecology video, audio, news, and feature stories from around the web. Ecology TV will be particularly useful for teachers looking for classroom video.


July 2008

Green Cleaning Pollution Prevention Calculator

The Green Cleaning Pollution Prevention Calculator quantifies the projected environmental benefits of purchasing and using "green" janitorial services and products. It is designed to forecast the environmental benefits of reducing chemical use by doing some or all pollution prevention measures typically involved in the routine interior cleaning of an office building. This tool also enables users to identify which green cleaning measures will have the greatest impact in reducing their use of hazardous chemicals and in preventing pollution. The Calculator's output applies only to standard office cleaning products and practices, and does not apply to other building maintenance issues, such as equipment maintenance, pest control, or landscaping activities. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed this tool for use by Federal agency environmental, health and safety facility managers, and other interested parties to estimate benefits to be achieved by adopting "green" cleaning practices.


June 2008

Illinois Green Cleaning Schools Act

This portion of Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn's web site provides information on the Illinois Green Cleaning Schools Act, which was enacted on August 13, 2007. Illinois schools began to be required to purchase and use environmentally friendly cleaning supplies on May 9, 2008, with the provision that they may deplete their existing supplies of cleaning products as of that date. The site includes a link to the text of the act, and the guidelines and specifications created by the Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council for use by schools. Contact information is provided for questions regarding the act and guidelines, as well as a list of qualified supplies, an application for alternative qualification, an exemption notification form for schools, fact sheets on the act, and benefits of green cleaning. Links to alternative qualification standards (EcoLogo and GreenSeal) and other resources are provided, as well as a form for schools to submit their own stories regarding the implementation of green cleaning programs.


May 2008

PowerUp

PowerUp is a free, online, multiplayer game developed by IBM Research that allows students to experience the excitement and the diversity of modern engineering. Playing the game, students work together in teams to investigate the 3D game environment and learn about the environmental disasters that threaten the game world and its inhabitants. Includes lesson plans for teachers.


April 2008

Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE)

Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE) is a comprehensive program to help K-12 schools save energy and money by changing behavior throughout the district. SEE provides a systemized plan, awareness materials, training, and utility tracking for immediate and sustainable savings. SEE provides schools with the strategies, resources, and support necessary to implement an energy management program. The program is meant to be flexible and can be customized to fit the needs of your school district. Though the program primarily serves school districts in Minnesota, districts from other states are welcome to inquire about the program as well.


March 2008

PBS Kids EekoWorld

EekoWorld is designed to help children between the ages of 6 and 9 learn about the important role they can play in taking care of the earth. EekoWorld (Environmental Education for Kids Online) features an engaging and interactive format that invites children to explore, experiment, and collaborate as they learn about conservation and the environment. Through the two main Web site interactive games, children will be able to create their own unique land-, air- or water-dwelling EekoCreature, help the creature overcome environmental issues, and explore their own EekoHouse, a simulation resembling their real home life that shows how decisions they make affect the environment and their EekoCreature. EekoWorld will: introduce children to the basic elements of ecosystems; foster an increased awareness of pollution producers; display the effects of pollution on plants and animals, as well as the land, air and water; examine both local and global conservation acts; highlight innovative and creative technologies that minimize pollution; encourage collaboration and community efforts to improve the environment; and foster the sharing of conservation efforts and ideas in the moderated EekoExchange Forum.The Web site also includes specially designed lesson plans, designed for use in the K-4 classroom, as well as family projects and activities, designed for use in the home and out-of-school settings.


February 2008

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF)

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.


January 2008

Green Clean Schools

Green Clean Schools is the Healthy Schools Campaign's national partnership to promote green cleaning in America's schools. The initiative brings together the cleaning industry, educational leaders, parents and advocates in a rapidly growing Green Team whose mission is to encourage schools to adopt environmentally friendly policies, practices and products. The site includes green clean schools news, the green clean blog, information on The Quick and Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools, a green products directory, success stories, and Ask Steve, a feature that allows you to submit questions to Steve Ashkin, president of the Ashkin Group and author of the aforementioned Quick and Easy Guide to Greening Cleaning in Schools.


December 2007

Energy Smart Schools

This U.S. Department of Energy web site has recently been redesigned. The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy division's Building Technologies Program seeks to catalyze significant improvements in energy efficiency in the nation's K-12 schools at a time when states and local agencies are planning to invest more than $60 billion in the next three years to build or renovate schools. DOE's program goals are to upgrade new schools to 50% better than current energy codes and improve existing schools by 30% in the next three years. To achieve these goals, the program provides: information and resources on financing; tools and resources to assist decision makers in planning; best practices for building industry professionals on energy efficient school construction and renovation; best practices for facilities managers on operating and maintaining high-performance systems and equipment; and resources for teachers in developing energy-related curricula.


November 2007

USGBC Build Green Schools

Launched on October 16 by the U.S. Green Building Council, this site is filled with profiles of schools that have already gone green, examples of policies governments and school districts have instituted to ensure future schools are green, an extensive list of resources and links, and a social networking site for visitors to share their experiences, best practices, and creative ideas.


October 2007

Green Teacher Magazine

Green Teacher is a magazine that helps youth educators enhance environmental and global education inside and outside of schools. Published four times a year, each issue contains ideas for rethinking education in light of environmental and global challenges, practical articles and ready-to-use activities for various age levels from 6-18, and resource reviews--evaluations of dozens of new books, kits, games and other green resources. The web site includes information on subscription and ordering back issues, online articles and teaching activities, information on submitting articles and information on volunteer editing opportunities.


September 2007

National Wildlife Federation Climate Classroom

For children, the issue of global warming can seem even more complicated and scary than it is to adults. To help you sort out fact from fiction on this important issue, visit NWF’s new Climate Classroom website. The site helps educate children about global climate change in accurate, developmentally appropriate, and hopeful ways. Sections designed for parents and K-12 educators provide talking points, attractive visuals, instructional guidelines, and helpful resource links for investigating the topic with children. An additional section for school-age children offers quality learning experiences and realistic suggestions for becoming part of the global-warming solution.


August 2007

Dr. E's Energy Lab

This portion of the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy division website is full of information and activities for kids. A section on wind energy offers facts and games, as well as how a wind turbine works. The solar energy section includes science fair projects, information on energy efficient homes, solar heating, a solar energy coloring book and a link to a renewable energy organizations based at a high school in Massachusetts that runs on solar and wind energy. Other sections cover geothermal energy, energy efficiency, alternative fuels, and general renewable energy information.


May 2007

May is Asthma Awareness Month

Join organizations around the world to raise awareness of asthma and ways to reduce the burden of asthma during Asthma Awareness Month. World Asthma Day 2007 will be held on Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Each year, in the month of May, EPA joins international, national and local Asthma Awareness Month Activities to increase public understanding of asthma and environmental asthma triggers. Throughout the month, EPA organizes events, conducts media outreach, releases new materials and supports local Asthma Awareness Month efforts to increase public understanding of ways to manage the environment to control asthma. Click on your state on the map below to see Asthma Awareness Month events near you!


April 2007

Earth Day

This is the portal for government events and information. Earth Day is a time to celebrate gains we have made and create new visions to accelerate environmental progress. Earth Day is a time to unite around new actions. Earth Day and every day is a time to act to protect our planet. This lists environmental highlights (historical), ways to take actions at home, in the classroom, at work or in the community as a volunteer. A section for kids links to federal government Web sites for kids related to Earth Day and the environment.


March 2007

Farm to School

Farm to School programs are popping up all over the U.S. These programs connect schools with local farms with the objective of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing health and nutrition education opportunities that will last a lifetime, and supporting local small farmers.

This site identifies the exisiting National Farm to School Network, upcoming conferences and trainings, surveys, evaluation tools and curricula. Nutrition concerns are as much as part of a healthy school and learning environment as air quality and energy efficiency.


February 2007

I Recycle

The purpose of this site is to provide a listing service to foster the exchange, re-use, and recycling of valuable commodities, products and services. Listings are organized under: Materials Available Materials Wanted Products/Services Available Products/Services Wanted Material listings are categorized by commodity: Electronics Fiber Glass Metals Plastic Registration is required to post a listing on the site. To register, click here or click the "Register" icon at the top. Once you've registered, you may post items from your "Profile" page. Registration is not required to respond to a posting. You can search for a particular item or view postings by category by clicking on the "Advanced Search" link at the left.


January 2007

Watt Watchers of Texas

While this is a program for Texas schools, the resources can be applied anywhere. Explore the selections on the page's left side. If you consider ignoring the traveling energy exploration stations, reconsider that thought. Teacher guides have Texas education standards that are easily modified. Materials (tickets, door hangers, and more) are provided for student energy patrols. Get excited about this resource.


December 2006

Energy Kid's Page

Energy Facts, fun & games, energy history, classroom activities, related links, glossary and an energy calculator are all designed for young users. Energy facts include sources of energy, uses of energy, and the science of energy. Fun & games provides quizzes, puzzles, field trips, and a coloring book. The energy history offers energy timelines and backgrounds on famous people in energy. Classroom activities are for students in K-12 and includes experiments, energy news and classroom resources. This is provided through Energy Information Administration (DOE) and NEED.


November 2006

GreenWorks TV and Planet PA

Planet PA is only one of the interactive offerings from GreenTreks, which began in 1993 as GreenWorks, a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit organization with the mission of spreading a simple message: real people are making a difference to protect our planet — and you can, too! As GreenWorks programs became the inspiration for thousands of Pennsylvanians, interest in their methods and messages grew outside of the state. Thanks to the success of GreenWorks, GreenTreks is now working to share stories from across the nation and other parts of the world. The GreenTreks Networks includes GreenWorks TV, Planet PA, Rough Terrain and more.


October 2006

Children's Health Protection

October is Children's Health Month and US EPA is promoting healthy school environments. The US EPA Web site provides the following resources: children's health protection home, where you live, basic information, potential environmental hazards, where children live-learn-play, health topics, trends in children's environmental health, what you can do (en Espanol], publications, children's health month and more.


September 2006

Pollution Prevention Roundtable

Pollution Prevention Week originated in California in 1992 and in 1995 gained widespread popularity when it became a national effort. Since 1995, the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, based in Washington, D.C. and the largest membership association devoted solely to pollution prevention, is advancing pollution prevention awareness through efforts to encourage and promote widespread participation in National Pollution Prevention Week. In 2000, President Clinton signed a letter of support for P2 Week and Governors in sixteen states as well as scores of local officials issued official proclamations declaring support for this effort. Several members of Congress also gave strong statements of support on the House and Senate Floors. It is anticipated that in the future there will be a dramatic increase in P2 Week activities, more than doubling the number of official proclamations and congressional statements.


August 2006

Environmental Health Perspectives

EHP Science Education develops and distributes environmental health science lessons based upon EHP news articles. Lessons are aligned with teaching standards, they provide skills and standards and additional resources. They target high school students. Each month they add three lessons. An example of a lesson is August 2006 Making Sports Green issue, (Students will analyze the environmental impact, in particular the creation of greenhouse gases, of a sporting event and make recommendations for reducing the impact, such as carbon mitigation.)Additional topics and lessons in August 2006 are Getting the Lead Out and Water on the Fly . Lessons are developed for high school students.


July 2006

Healthy School Environments Assessmeent Tool

EPA has developed a new software tool to help school districts establish and manage comprehensive school facility self-assessment programs. The Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEAT) contains a fully integrated environmental health and safety checklist and is designed to be easily customized to reflect state and local requirements and policies. Everything you need for downloading is provided, including software, user's manual, checklist and guidebook, and additional information materials. Free webcasts for training purposes are scheduled for July and October 2006. This information is available through this website or also on Greening Schools calendar.


June 2006

Beyond Pesticides

June is appropriately Pest Control Month. Beyond Pesticides works to protect public health and the environment through education that helps create a pesticide free world. They offer a variety of fact sheets (pesticides, alternatives, and how-to fact sheets), they provide state by state information, emergency contacts and information that includes state and federal contacts, pesticide labels, MSDS, and what to do in an emergency. They cover issues of children/schools; hospitals; golf courses; genetic engineering; invasive weed management, West Nile and mosquito strategies, lawns, and a national pesticide forum. An example of a fact sheet is their Health Effects of 48 Commonly Used Toxic Pesticides in Schools.


May 2006

Partners for Clean Air

Clean the Air is a Coalition committed to improving air quality. They offer links to a variety of Illinois resources. Illinois Ozone, air quality data, air quality maps, air pollution and particulate matter information, a look into Chicago air with the midwest haze cam. Breathe Easy Man take viewers through a few interactive activities. If you have questions, they have an answer person.


April 2006

Phoenix Voyage

Phoenix Voyage™, a project of the International Humanities Center, a 501[c](3) non-profit organization, is an educational entertainment production company dedicated to educating people about how to preserve and protect our beautiful world. Through our website, 12-city national tour, the children’s music CD series, contests, and comic book, we strive to motivate and inspire the communities of America to create a healthy and environmentally sustainable future for our planet. The Phoenix Voyage™ Web site has been established to showcase businesses and organizations that promote conscious living choices, such as • renewable energy sources, • new technologies • healthy foods and • positive attitudes to health care The site went public in mid-March 2006 and has assembled an impressive list of resources (see "Resources" and "Youth Corner"). They are currently working on setting up their 2007 tour schedule.


March 2006

Clean Sweep U.S.A.

The Keep America Beautiful project has a site for upper elementary and middle school students on six topics related to waste management, composting, recycling and recovery, landfills, and how waste materials can be burned to generate electricity. Additional teacher background information on solid waste management is available. Includes a glossary. Video clips that require Windows Media Player


February 2006

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Schools

Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable Topic Hub is a detailed collection of resources and contact information for specific topics or industrial sectors. Topic Hubs include narrative sections providing background information, operations involved (if the hub is about an industrial sector), reasons for change (including regulatory and non-regulatory considerations), pollution prevention (P2) opportunities, etc., which allow you to learn about the topic in depth. Reading through a Topic Hub is like reading an online primer on P2 as it relates to a particular subject.

GLRPPR developed Integrated Pest Management for School hub as part of its role as a regional Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2RX) information center. P2Rx is a national network of eight regional pollution prevention information centers dedicated to providing P2 information, networking opportunities and other services to States, local governments and technical assistance providers in their region. For more information on P2RX and its projects, see http://www.p2rx.org/.

The IPM for Schools Topic Hub describes the hazards and disadvantages associated with traditional pest management practices (e.g. use of chemical pesticides) and introduces the concept of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as a means to improve the health and safety of all school facilities while preventing waste and pollution. The contents are applicable to all educational institutions including K-12, day-care facilities, junior colleges, colleges, and universities. In addition to the standard features of a Topic Hub (as described above), this Topic Hub includes a glossary of terms; case studies providing real-world examples of the benefits of IPM plans; curricula for teaching the concepts of IPM to K-12 students, as well as professional development for school administrators, school boards and educators; and information on environmental regulations related to school IPM. The IPM for Schools Topic Hub was developed by GLRPPR staff members with technical input and review provided by professionals from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Safer Pest Control Project.


January 2006

National Coordinating Committee on School Health and Safety

The NCCSHS is aware of the changing environment in today's schools. There are many health-related issues facing students, parents, teachers, administrations, and communities daily. They have collected resources that will be helpful. Search their site or select key topics such as asthma, health education, or other issues for links to valuable resources.


December 2005

National Energy Education Development (NEED)

NEED's (National Energy Education Development) mission "is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government, and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs." NEED offers links to State Coordinators, local and state workshops, NEED schools, correlations to National Science Education and to many state standards, and energy resource materials for K-12 teachers. Content material covers transportation fuels, solar energy, lighting, and energy. All energy guides are available online as PDFs or they can be ordered.


November 2005

America Recycles Day

Events and activities across the country have been designed to provide guidance and assistance for developing activities for America Recycles Day. America Recycles Day (ARD) is a national all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The goal of our annual campaign is to encourage Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. Since its inception in 1997, the ARD campaign has grown substantially. Last year, residents in every state of the nation participated in America Recycles Day and pledged to recycle.


October 2005

Energy Awareness Month, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Each year for Energy Awareness Month—October—FEMP provides materials and event ideas to help promote energy-saving practices at federal facilities. Materials include posters, and other promotional materials that carry the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) energy awareness message.


July 2005

Center for Environment, Health and Justice

CHEJ is a national grassroots environmental organization. After winning the federal relocation of residents victimized by toxic waste at Love Canal, Lois Gibbs and other local activists were inundated with calls from people around the country who were facing similar threats and wanted help. CHEJ was founded in 1981 to address this need. CHEJ believes in environmental justice, the principle that people have the right to a clean and healthy environment regardless of their race or economic standing. Their experience has shown that the most effective way to win environmental justice is from the bottom up through community organizing and empowerment. When local citizens come together and take an organized, unified stand, they can hold industry and government accountable and work towards a healthy, environmentally sustainable future.

Through CHEJ Green Flags Schools, Alliance for Safe Alternatives, and a variety of key reports can be accessed. Included in this list are ABC's of Healthy Schools, Behind Closed Doors, Creating Safe Learning Zones, Poisoned Schools Report and more.


June 2005

Health in the Arts

The mission of the Health in the Arts Program is to diagnose, treat and prevent arts-related disorders among people working in all aspects of the arts. There is increasing recognition that work in the arts can involve health risks such as exposures to toxic materials and hazardous physical conditions. Injuries and repetitive motion disorders can also result from practice and from work in the arts. Artists are well known to applying non-traditional techniques when working with metals,clays and paints and the very nature of their unique methods place them and their students at greater risks.

To accomplish the goal of preventing these disorders a valuable compilation of publications and resources include the following and more: Art Safety Procedures for Art Schools and Art Departments, Checklist for Art Schools and Departments, Occupational Exposure to Lead, and Oil Painting Hazards in Classrooms. Links to government and non-government agencies include arts, craft and theater safety, Material Safety and Date Sheets, performing arts medicine association and OSHA.


May 2005

Air Quality Program at the National Safety Council's Environmental Health Center

Enter this portal on Air Quality by selecting either Indoor Air Quality, Mobile Source Emissions or Radon. Fact Sheets and Educational Materials for each topic are offered. Links and resources for teachers, kids and families are also provided. Fact sheets provide information on air quality problems associated with floods, biological contaminants, lead, pesticides, and asbestos. Teachers can download a 113-page guide to indoor air pollutants (May is Clean Air Month) Some resources are available in Spanish.


April 2005

National Environmental Education Week

National Environmental Education Week 2005 will be the single largest organized environmental education event in U.S. history. It will involve hundreds of thousands of teachers and nature educators and millions of students, 50,000 schools and over 400 universities. It serves as an inspiring and disciplined, week-long educational prelude to Earth Day 2005 (on April 22).


March 2005

Danish Wind Industry Association

March winds bring April showers. As we expand our efforts for establishing greater networks of wind-generated energy in Illinois and across the United States we may need to increase our knowledge of wind energy basics. This Danish resource provides informative educational "tours" of wind basics in dansk, deutsch, english, espanol and francais. Within each "chapter" is an additional collection of "tours" and somewhat interactive presentations.


February 2005

Safer Pest Control Project

Safer Pest Control Project (SPCP) provides downloadable factsheets for both schools, childcare facilities, residences and public areas (parks, lawns and gardens).


January 2005

Environmental Health Science Education

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences provides classroom materials, lessons, curricular material and resources for professional development for teachers; homework resources, online activities and science career suggestions for students. All resources help with understanding the links between the environment and health. Grade appropriate online activities provide valuable as well as entertaining educational material.The NIEHS Kids' pages are valauble resources for classroom.


October 2004

Children's Health Month

October is Children's Health Month. Many topics surround concerns for children's health, including healthy schools.This site provides links to many topics and government/nonprofit sources dedicated to the safety and well-being of children. Children's Health Month is celebrated in October, but children's health is important year-round. Choose from the topics and tips on this Web site to discover the rewards of healthy children.


September 2004

Alliant Energy

Alliant Energy's PowerHouse is an educational program designed to help you improve the energy efficiency, safety and comfort of your home. This interactive site is applicable for home or school. The PowerHouse Kids provides fact sheets, safety guidelines, energy saving tips, classroom activities, and an energy-smart house that students can explore online.Links for parents and teachers enhance the value of this site, as does the assmebly of educational games.


August 2004

Mercury in Schools

"Mercury is a silvery liquid metal at room temperature. Mercury conducts electricity, expands uniformly with temperature and easily forms alloys with other metals. For these reasons, it is used in many products found in homes and schools. Mercury is also an element that occurs naturally in the earth's surface. It does not degrade and is not destroyed by combustion. Instead, mercury changes into a vapor that can travel long distances when volatilized. Mercury cycles between soils, the atmosphere and surface waters. Its toxicity can endanger living organisms and produce adverse health effects in humans.Mercury is an issue that you can do something about. For those who want an introduction on what you can do, explore Mercury in Schools and Mercury in Your Home." This site provides a national curriculum that is a downloadable document, online courses and workshops, a comprehensive discussion on mercury, why this is a concern, what is mercury, and mercury resources.


June 2004

IPM Technical Resource Center: Integrated Pest Management for Schools and Childcare Facilities

Known as the Midwest Technical Resource Center for IPM in schools and daycares, their goal is to assist administrators and teachers with providing and maintaining pest-free learning environments for children. To accomplish this they provide an extensive list of reports, statistics, fact sheets, and educational material. IPM is based upon an understanding of the biology and habits of pests and using appropriate strategies to control these pests. A checklist is provided for implementing an IPM program and how to become a "Certified IPM" school or daycare center. The site offers quick links for current information and legislative activity for IPM in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.


May 2004

Earth 911

Earth 911's mission is to empower the public with community-specific resources to improve their quality of life. While sustainable prevention programs are by far the best way to protect our nation’s environment, the costs associated with many of these programs can be astronomical. That is why the use of this Public and Private Sector Partnership is so important in effectuating prevention ideals.

Who are you going to call when you have an Earth Day type of question? Teachers, other educators, parents and students can now use a single toll-free phone call to 1-800-CLEANUP or the use of this Web site, to access several sections of community-specific environmental information at no cost to the user or taxpayer. For community-specific information, simply enter your ZIP code, and the Web site or our hotline will easily guide you to information about:recycling Centers including those who accept telephones and computers, green shopping, energy conservation tips, household hazardous waste identification and disposal options, environmental education resources for students, parents, and teachers, composting and dozens of other resources. The links are equally good. Bookmark this site!


April 2004

School Building Week 2004

High performing, healthy, safe and sustainable school facilities and their connection to learning are the focus of School Building Week, April 19-23, 2004. The Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) School Building Week web site includes: general information about School Building Week; articles and statistics (under “FYI”); teacher resources; a list of organizations participating in this year’s School Building Week program; and information on CEFPI.


March 2004

U.S. EPA Healthy School Environments Portal

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.


February 2004

Energy Smart Schools

This U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network web site provides information on making school buildings and operations more energy efficient. This web site has recently been redesigned. Included on the site are resources to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings or to design new buildings that are efficient; information on school bus emissions and alternative-fueled buses; and energy education resources to help teach students about energy efficiency. Also included are success stories, news, events, and information on EnergySmart Schools partnerships throughout the nation. The EnergySmart Schools program is part of Rebuild America, a DOE project that consists of hundreds of community-based partnerships across the nation geared toward saving energy, improving building performance, easing air pollution through reduced energy demand, and enhancing the quality of life through energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.


January 2004

U.S. EPA Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools

Twenty percent of the U.S. population spends their days in elementary and secondary schools. And while most parents and teachers would probably accuse schools of being germ factories, that persistent cough and sniffles may not be the result of the latest bug going around. Studies show that half of our nation's 115,000 schools have problems linked to air quality.

This central web site provides information on all of the U.S. EPA's IAQ Tools for Schools resources, including the IAQ Tools for Schools kit and the new DESIGN Tools for Schools web site. It also provides information on upcoming events and training related to indoor air quality for schools, case studies, and a technical hotline for further assistance.