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A Case Study of Environmental, Health & Safety Issues Involving the Burlington, MA Public School System
Type: Case Study - Response Plans - Web site
Summary: This case study, prepared by Todd H. Dresser of the Burlington (MA) Board of Health, details an extensive review of environmental, and health and safety (EHS) issues involving the Burlington, Massachusetts public school system, which began in 1992. The case s...
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A Checklist for School Districts Addressing the Needs of Students with Asthma
Type: Checklist
Summary: This is a checklist intended for school administrators and for use in identifying the school's asthma management program.
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ABC's of Asbestos in Schools
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Fact sheet - Response Plans
Summary: This is a 20-page document that can "help parents and teachers answer questions and learn the facts about asbestos in schools. It also outlines the responsibilities of school boards and other school officials toprotect school children and employees from possi...
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ABC's of Healthy Schools
Type: Checklist - Fact sheet
Summary: This is brief brochure provides suggestions for creating a voice for children and creating healthy school environments.
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America's Children and the Environment (ACE)
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - List - Web site
Summary: America’s Children and the Environment brings together, in one place, quantitative information from a variety of sources to show trends in levels of environmental contaminants in air, water, food, and soil; concentrations of contaminants measured in the bodies...
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Anti-Idling
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Research - Web site
Summary: Unnecessary school bus idling pollutes the air, wastes fuel, and causes excess engine wear. Fortunately it’s easy to implement practices that reduce school bus idling. Topics found at this site include ways to save money and reduce pollution, actions to redu...
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Asbestos
Type: Fact sheet - Response Plans - Web site
Summary: From the Healthy School Environments portal is a general overview of Asbestos AND links to valuable sites including AHERA and MAP.
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Asbestos News
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: This is a Web site devoted to information about Mesothelioma and Asbestos exposures. It provides news on recent legislative activities, sources of asbestos exposures, asbestos management and health risks, mesothelioma law and identifies types of mesothelioma....
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Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools Final Rule and Notice (HERA)
Type: Manual/Handbook - Response Plans
Summary: This is a copy of the rules and regulations that apply to all local education agencies. This is a 79-page document.
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Asthma and Indoor Environments
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Fact sheet - Glossary - Web site
Summary: EPA provides a downloadable "asthma action card" to help customize an asthma action plan including knowing the asthma triggers for children.Links to learning more information on secondhand smoke, dust mites, molds, cockroaches and pests, pets and nitrogen diox...
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Asthma Regional Council (ARC)
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - List - Web site
Summary: The mission of the New England Asthma Regional Council is "to reduce the impact of asthma across New England, through collaborations of health, housing, education, and environmental organizations with particular focus on the contribution of schools, homes, and...
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Asthma Study Links VOCs and Allergens to an Increase in Childhood Asthma
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This 6 page study documents a study that investigated links between exposures to VOCs and asthma in young children.
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Back to School Environmental Checklist
Type: Article/Report - Checklist
Summary: A broad coalition of educational, environmental, health and civic organizations have just released a 2004 School Environmental Checklist today at media events across the country. The action checklist is designed to help parents, students and teachers identify...
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Breaking the Mold
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - School Projects
Summary: Asthma. Rising cancer rates. Viruses we have never heard of before. Just a few of the incredibly complex health problems that confront society today. What part does our environment play? That's the question EnviroMysteries sets out to answer. Through intrigu...
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Building Materials Emissions Study
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This study focues on emissions of products common to classrooms in comparison to alternative products. The study contained recycled content products and low-or-no Volative Organic Compounds and rapidly renewable materials. Final reports and executive summari...
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CATF School Bus Particulate Matter Study
Type: Article/Report - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Diesel exhaust is a major source of combustion particles that contribute to poor air quality nationwide. Since almost all school buses are operated with diesel engines, diesel engine exhaust can thus also be a source of concern, specifically with regard to exp...
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Cesar Chavez Education Center
Type: Case Study
Summary: The Oakland Unified School District and VBN Architects have partnered to design an energy efficient school for approximately 600 elementary students. Energy efficient goals will feature natural ventilation; maximum use of daylighting planned for classrooms; re...
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Chicago Asthma Facts
Type: Fact sheet - List
Summary: This is a list of referenced asthma lung facts for the Chicago area.
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Children & Schools, Greenguard Product Emission Standard for Children & Schools
Type: Article/Report - List
Summary: Children are more heavily exposed to environmental toxins than adults. They consume more food, water, and have higher inhalation rates per pound of body weight than adults. They provide a list of Greenguard emission criteria.
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Clean Energy-Environment Guide to Action
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: The Clean Energy-Environment Guide to Action identifies and describes 16 clean energy policies and strategies that states have used to meet their clean energy objectives. It describes how states are successfully expanding the role of clean energy in the U.S. e...
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Clean School Bus USA
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Fact sheet - Research
Summary: The goal of Clean School Bus USA is to reduce both children's exposure to diesel exhaust and the amount of air pollution created by diesel school buses. Key topics include overviews of pollutants and programs, consumer information,fuels and fuel additives, mo...
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Clean School Bus USA- Where You Live
Type: Web site
Summary: An interactive map makes it possible to check on the status of Clean School Bus efforts in each state/region of the country.
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Clean School Buses, Healthy Kids
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Research - Web site
Summary: Millions of our children ride to school each day on buses that are among the dirtiest vehicles on the road. The vast majority of the 442,000 school buses are aging diesel vehicles built to outmoded health and safety standards. These buses emit clouds of cancer...
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Cockroach Allergens Have Greatest Impact on Childhood Asthma in Many U.S. Cities
Type: Article/Report
Summary: New results from a nationwide study on factors that affect asthma in inner-city children show that cockroach allergen appears to worsen asthma symptoms more than either dust mite or pet allergens. This research, funded by the National Institute of Environmenta...
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Do Indoor Environments in Schools Influence Student Performance? A Review of the Literature.
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This 48-page document was released October 2003.
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Do School Facilities Affect Academic Outcomes?
Type: Article/Report
Summary: From acoustics to temperature to air quality, this report addresses conditions of school facilities and how they affect academic objectives. A comprehensive, and linkable, list of resources follows the end of this 24-page pdf.
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Educational Performance, Environmental Management and Cleaning Effectiveness in School Environments
Type: Article/Report - List
Summary: A growing body of scientific evidence shows that the cleaning process affects learning and productivity in schools. This study addresses educational performance measures and definitions as well as guidelines for effective cleaning.
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Energy Star for K-12 School Districts
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - Holiday - List - Web site
Summary: ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program(EPA and DOE) helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR provides tools and guidelines for energy management appropriate for school administrators; it pro...
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Ensuring the Health of Schools and Playgrounds
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Schools need to be environmentally healthy places for children to learn and where teachers and other school employees can work. This sit address toxic metals used in school and playground structures, school pesticides and playground toxins as well as schoolsi...
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Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) Children's Health
Type: Article/Report - Research - Web site
Summary: Children's Health is addressed through collaborations working as part of ECOS. This includes the National Childhood Asthma Prevention Campaign. They offer a report from the working group of representatives from state health and enviornmental agencies on strat...
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EPA's Asthma Research Results Highlights
Type: Article/Report - Research
Summary: "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a report, "EPA's Asthma Research Results Highlights," that describes recent advances in scientists' understanding of the factors which cause and exacerbate asthma and that documents ways to reduce the burden...
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Financial Case for Cleaning
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Oddly reduction of cleaning costs may actually decrease occupant productivity. Productivity (employee and students) can drop with poor air quality that results from cleaning (and lack of). This is a three-page report that raises some interesting questions.
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Georgina Blach Intermediate School
Type: Case Study
Summary: Gelfand RNP Architects and the Los Altos School District designed an intermediate school that exceeds Title 24 requirements by at least 15%. It features School exceeds Title 24 requirements by at least 15%; resource efficient materials; adaptive reuse of exist...
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Getting Brighter at Dena Boer Elementary School: Daylighting an entire school -- within a standard construction budget
Type: Case Study
Summary: As part of PG&E's daylighting initiative, the Dena Boer Elementary School in Salida, California, is building daylit schools. Design concepts will incorporate deep overhangs, prismatic skylights (that provide balanced high-quality light) and skylight venting f...
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Green Flag Program
Type: Case Study - Checklist
Summary: The Green Flag Program is a project of the Child Proofing our Communities Campaign coordinated by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice. They offer a start up kit to help school communities learn about the program and its materials describe how to fo...
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Green Schools Checklist: Environmental Actions for Schools to Consider (PDF)
Type: Checklist
Summary: This checklist offers tips and resources to help schools identify opportunities to “green” their buildings and operations, ranging from the solid waste they generate, to the indoor environment they provide, to the energy and supplies they consume. Emphasis has...
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Guidance for Clinicians on the Recognition and Management of Health Effects Related to Mold Exposure and Moisture Indoors
Summary: The Univ. of Connecticut and USEPA have released a 120pp report (available as pdf) "Guidance for Clinicians on the Recognition and Management of Health Effects Related to Mold Exposure and Moisture Indoors," published by the Center for Indoor Environments and...
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Healthy Schools Network, Inc
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: A Kids' Page with online activities accompanies this website. An extensive list of internet resources provides access to a large variety of health-related organizations dedicated to healthy school environments and children. If you register you can download a...
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Healthy SEAT
Type: Database
Summary: EPA has developed a unique software tool to help school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety and health issues. The new Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (Healthy SEAT) is designed to be customized and u...
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Healthy SEAT
Type: Database
Summary: EPA has developed a unique software tool to help school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety and health issues. The new Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (Healthy SEAT) is designed to be customized and u...
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Healthy SEAT
Type: Database
Summary: EPA has developed a unique software tool to help school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety and health issues. The new Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (Healthy SEAT) is designed to be customized and u...
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Healthy SEAT Download
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Checklist - Manual/Handbook - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: Software, user's manual, checklist and guidebook and other information materials for using the Healthy SEAT assessment tools are available at this location.
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HVAC for Schools
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: Administrators are provided guidelines for purchasing HVAC systems for schools and their unique requirements while staying within the budget. The contents includes discussions on materials, interoperable controls, regrigerants, access, services, costs, zoned...
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IAQ Stats and Facts
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Seven sets of facts and statistics for understanding the need to achieve improved air quality.
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IAQ TfS Awards Program - 2004 Excellence Awards
Type: Case Study
Summary: The U.S. EPA initiated the Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools (IAQ TfS) Awards Program in 2000 to recognize the exemplary achievements of those schools and school districts that have stellar indoor air quality management programs consistent with the IAQ TfS...
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IAQ Tools for Schools Kit - Ventilation Checklist
Type: Checklist
Summary: Checklists for administration, building maintenance, food service, health officer, integrated pest managmenet, renovation and repairs, school officials, teacher's classroom, ventilation, walk though inspection, and waste management are all available from this...
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Illinois Clean School Bus Program
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: In Illinois, at least 70 percent of the 18,500 school buses in service today are powered by diesel fuel. Thousands of Illinois children ride these school buses, with many of the buses being equipped with diesel engines that lack advanced emission control techn...
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Improving Asthma Management by Addressing Environmental Triggers
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This is the symposium edition, and the purpose is "to provide an update about the emerging research on the effectiveness of specific indoor environmental interventions for asthma, and to draw on the experience of asthma management initiatives around the countr...
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Indoor Air Mercury
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This report describes why mercury is a problem in indoor air, the sources of mercury in indoor air, guidelines for mercury exposure, and studies on indoor air mercury. (PDF Format; Length: 8 pages)
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Indoor Air Program
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: This is a portal to a variety of facts sheets and educational material links. Included are ABC's of Secondhand Smoke, Air Quality EnvironMinutes, Community Leader Kit for Women and Children, Sick Building Syndrome, Pesticides, Formaldehyde, Carbon Monoxide,...
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Indoor Air Quality and Student Performance (August 2003)
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Evidence continues to emerge showing that poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can cause illness requiring absence from school, and can cause acute health symptoms that decrease performance while at school. In addition, recent data suggest that poor IAQ may directly...
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Indoor Air Quality Awards 2003 Excellence Awards Program
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - List - School Projects
Summary: The Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools (IAQ TfS) Excellence Award is EPA’s most prestigious IAQ award, presented only to schools and school districts that show exceptional commitment and achievement. The schools demonstrating exemplary IAQ programs are liste...
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Indoor Air Quality Awards Program - 2002 Excellence Awards Winners
Type: School Projects
Summary: The Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools (IAQ TfS) Excellence Award is EPA’s most prestigious IAQ award, presented only to schools and school districts that show exceptional The schools demonstrating exemplary IAQ programs are listed.
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Indoor Air Quality Awards Program - 2004 Excellence Awards Winners
Summary: The Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools (IAQ TfS) Excellence Award is EPA’s most prestigious IAQ award, presented only to schools and school districts that show exceptional commitment and achievement. The schools demonstrating exemplary IAQ programs are liste...
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Indoor Air Quality Awards Program - Excellence Awards for 2005 Applications
Type: Article/Report - School Projects
Summary: The Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools (IAQ TfS) Excellence Award is EPA's most prestigious IAQ award, presented only to schools and school districts that show exceptional commitment and achievement. The Excellence Award winners will be chosen through a com...
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Indoor Air Quality Position Statement
Type: Article/Report
Summary: "It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses that supporting evidence-based indoor air quality policies promotes occupant health and educational success. The school nurse is in a unique position to work with administration, staff, teachers,...
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Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program - Excellence Awards 2001
Type: Article/Report - List - School Projects
Summary: The Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools (IAQ TfS) Excellence Award is EPA’s most prestigious IAQ award, presented only to schools and school districts that show exceptional commitment and achievement.This recognizes those schools demonstrating exemplary IAQ p...
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Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Teacher's Classroom Checklist
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - List - Web site
Summary: General cleanliness, animals in the classroom, drain traps, moisture, thermal comfort, ventilation and fans, art and science supplies, industrial and vocational education supplies and the locker room are all addressed.
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Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation, and Health Symptoms in Schools: An Analysis of Existing Information
Type: Article/Report
Summary: A 22-page review of research that identified most commonly reported building related healthy symptoms involving schools; assembled, evaluatd, and summarized existing measurement data on ventilation, carbon dioxide concentrations and key indoor air pollutants m...
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Introduction to the Indoor Air Quality Management Plan Development Package
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: The IAQ Management Plan Development Package has been developed for Minnesota school officials to assist them in their efforts to develop an IAQ plan and to supply guidance, documents, checklists, and schedules. This is a comprehensive guideline for both Minne...
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Managing Asthma in the School Environment
Type: Web site
Summary: Links to 10 suggestions to manage asthma, including using the IAQ Tools for schools.
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Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings
Type: Article/Report - Glossary - Manual/Handbook - Response Plans
Summary: Concern about indoor exposure to mold has been increasing as the public becomes aware that exposure to mold can cause a variety of health effects and symptoms, including allergic reactions. This document presents guidelines for the remediation/cleanup of mold...
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National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Resolution on Asthma Management at School
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This is a position statement that encourages asthma management measures.
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Nationwide Asthma Facts
Type: Fact sheet - List
Summary: This is a referenced list of asthma facts and statistics for the nation.
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New England Asthma Regional Council (ARC)
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: The mission of the New England Asthma Regional Council is "To reduce the impact of asthma across New England, through collaborations of health, housing, education, and environmental organizations with particular focus on the contribution of schools, homes, and...
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Newport Coast Elementary School, Newport Beach, Showcase Project for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
Type: Case Study
Summary: The newest school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District has adopted design concepts for energy efficiency and sustainability while serving as an educational vehicle for incorporation of energy-conservation features into designs. The design team, working...
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Outdoor Air Pollution
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Web site
Summary: With emphasis on asthma in children, this provides some basic information and actions to take to reduce irritations and asthma episodes.
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Paint in Schools
Summary: This fact sheet addresses some of the basic concerns related to paints in the school environments, what kids can do and suggestions for schools (and parents).
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Planning a Green Campus
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: St. Louis Community College offers lessons in sustainability by sharing their planning experiences. This includes site sustainability (including parking), water efficiency, energy and interior air quality, and materials.
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Rec and Effect, Student Driven Recreational Center Project Evolves into a Campus Showpiece
Type: Article/Report - Web site
Summary: Washington State University students contributed to the design of the college athletic facilities. WSU student government leaders researched options to accommodate health-conscious and environmentally conscious youth and students.
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Recycle-Content Product Directory
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Database - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: This content product directory lists thousands of recycled products and provides information on the companies that reprocess, manufacture and/or distribute these products. From the home page you can conduct a product search, business/company search, product t...
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Reducing Asthma Triggers in Schools: Recommendations for Effective Policies, Regulations and Legislation
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This report is a summary of recommendations for effective policies, regulations and legislation under consider or being created. The recommendations consider ventilation, maintenance, chemicals and products, design-construction-renovation, and the full recomm...
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Renaissance of the American School Building
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Published by the Environmental Resource Council, this non-technical reader focuses on how school buildings, health and environment are entwined. The author provides a road map to consider when making decisions that are related to indoor air quality and other h...
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Resources and References for Safe Healthy Schools
Type: Checklist - Web site
Summary: This list offers parents helpful tips and resources to address any environmental hazards found in schools.
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Safe Schools
Type: Article/Report - Checklist
Summary: Safe Schools, a project supported by the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Vocational-Technical, Career and Innovative Programs to help schools reduce risk from occupational safety and health hazards. The project is administered through the Public...
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San Pasqual Elementary
Type: Case Study
Summary: San Diego Unified School District worked with HMC Architects to design an elementary school with windows that take advantage of daylight and valley breezes thus reducing reliance on mechanical cooling. In the landscape design drought tolerant landscaping capt...
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School Indoor Air Quality Best Management Practices
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: This is a 135-page PDF. This Manual is intended to help achieve and maintain good indoor air quality in Whasnington's K-12 schools. Good quality indoor air contributes to a safe, healthy, productive and comfortable environment for students, teachers, and oth...
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School-Based Study of Complex Environment al Exposures and Related Health Effects in Children (Part A) Exposure
Type: Article/Report - Research
Summary: The objectives of this study are to (1) document complex exposure patterns involving multiple acute exposures and exposures to chemical mixtures for school children (K - 5) from two low-income, racially diverse neighborhoods in Minneapolis, (2) examine tempora...
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Schools Learn to Protect Students, Staff from Exposure to Asbestos Hazards
Type: Article/Report - Response Plans
Summary: Asbestos is still a presence in public buildings, including schools. This six-page report describes issues of asbestos, AHERA and the rules that need to be observed, and it provides guidelines for development of an Asbestos Management Plan. Published Septemb...
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Science-based recommendations to prevent or reduce potential exposures to biological, chemical, and physical agents in schools
Type: Article/Report - Research
Summary: This is a 51-page PDF document.
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Southeast Learning Center
Type: Case Study
Summary: Los Angeles Unified School District worked with the WLC architecture firm to embrace some neighborhood friendly concepts as well as energy efficient objectives. The district has provided bike lanes and racks,utilizes public transit but is within walking dista...
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Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey 2003
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This report presents both age-adjusted and unadjusted statistics from the 2003 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) on selected health measures for children under 18 yesars of age, classified by sex, age, race, Hispanic origin, family structure, parent's ed...
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Take a Deep Breath and Thank Your Custodian
Type: Article/Report - List
Summary: Develop a local association IAQ action plan with this guide (15 page PDF).
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Teacher's Guide to Indoor Air Quality
Type: Checklist - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - Glossary - List - Manual/Handbook
Summary: The National Safety Council's Environmental Health Center (NSC's EHC) and the US EPA have developed a Teacher's Guide to Indoor Air Quality. This guide is an excellent companion tool to accompany the IAQ Tools for Schools. The guide provides worksheets and an...
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The Pennsylvania Green Building Operations and Maintenance Manual
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: This manual for environmentally prefereable operation and maintenance of government buildings and associated grounds is designed to help carry out the state's Executive Order to incorporate environmentally sustainable practices into agency operations, includin...
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Truckee Middle School
Type: Case Study
Summary: School exceeds Title 24 (2001) by 20%; geothermal ground source heat pump system to heat and cool building, central boiler; low VOC materials and finishes; materials with high recycled content (steel frame, fly ash content concrete, etc.); dedicated recycling...
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U.S. EPA Indoor Air Quality Tools For Schools Kit
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: 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 g...
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Understanding and Using the PCRC Emissions Calculator
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: Understanding and Using the PCRC Emissions Calculator The Painting and Coatings Resource Center has provided a nice resource for determining the volatiles or volatile organic compounds found in paints. Simple formulas provide methods for determining VOCs emi...
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Wisconsin Partners for Clean Air
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Web site
Summary: The Wisconsin Partners for Clean Air (WPCA) program is a coalition of over 260 businesses, community organizations, schools and government agencies committed to improving air quality through voluntary action. Leaders in Wisconsin founded the WPCA in 1996 when...
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