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Alliance to Save Energy
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Experiment - Web site
Summary: The Alliance to Save Energy promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security. Energy efficiency is the quickest, cheapest, cleanest way to extend our world's energy supplies. Educator reso...
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ATSDR (Agengy for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry)
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Language Options - List - Web site
Summary: ATSDR Activities in Illinois are only a portion of the valuable information provided at this website. A glossary, an alphabatized index, news, feature articles,tox FAQ's, toxicological profiles, CERCLS Priority lists of harzardous substances and minimal risk l...
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Case of the Broken Loop
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This mystery (detective) activity from US EPA helps guide learners to recognize ways to reduce waste and conserve resources. Life cycles are introduced and the Garbage Gremlin breaks the loop by tossing out trash instead or recycling or reusing.
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Choose to Reuse: An Encyclopedia of Services, Products, Programs & Charitable Organizations that Foster Reuse
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Recycled Products
Summary: Non-fiction

AuthorsNikki and David Goldbeck

ISBN09606138-6-2

Opportunities that address reuse are provided in this encyclopedia. Each resource or service lists suggestions for maintenace or repair where appropriate, rental op...

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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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Cool Roofing Materials Database
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Energy-efficient roofing systems can reduce roof temperatures significantly during the summer, and thus reduce the energy requirements for air conditioning. The purpose of this Cool Roofing Materials Database is to assist with the selection of roofing material...
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Cost of Cool Video, The
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: The Cost of Cool is a video that addresses teen consumer habits and environmental costs. This video explores everyday items and tracks the effect of their purchase through the life cycle of the product. The video is priced at $95 (July 2004).

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Creating Safe Learning Zones: Invisible Threats, Visible Actions
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: The Child Proofing Our Communities Campaign was established two years ago as part of a nationwide coalition of grassroots groups working on school-based environmental health issues. The campaign aims to connect local efforts across the country, raise awareness...
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Detoxify Your Studio
Type: Article/Report - List
Summary: First hand, practical tips for detoxifying the art studio are provided by a practicing artist. These tips provide good advice for art teachers.
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Energy Savers: A consumer guide to energy efficiency Glossary
Type: Glossary
Summary: This is a glossary of vocabulary frequently used when planning and discussing energy efficient resources.
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Energy-Efficient Lighting
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: The various types of lighting: incandescent, tungsten halogen, reflector lamps, fluorescent, cfl, and more are all briefly but clearly described in terms of benefits. This 8-page report helps administrators (as well as home owners) understand lighting enough...
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Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Type: Web site
Summary: This portal helps guide consumers through the process of determing EPP product and service information.
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Good Stuff: A behind the Scenes Look at the Things We Buy
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: Categories include appliances, cars, fast food, healthy care, meat (might not want to look at this), soap and more. PDFs are provided along with valuable background information.
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Good Stuff? A Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Things We Buy
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Web site
Summary: Have you ever wondered where chocolate comes from, if antibacterial soap is good for your family, or how to recycle an old computer? If you've had these or other questions about the environmental and social impacts of the products you buy and use, Good Stuff i...
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Green Advertising Claims
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This 6-page brochure contains information about specific terms used to describe products, incuding "environmentally friendly," "biodegradable," and "ozone friendly"
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Green Halloween
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This 2-page pdf provides suggestions for having an environmentally friendly Halloween.
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Household Products Database
Type: Database - Fact sheet - Glossary - Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
Summary: The National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Household Products Database has been updated and now includes 6000 brand name products. The Household Products Database is a consumer's guide that provides information on the potential health effects of chemicals contai...
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Household Products Database
Type: Article/Report - Database - Web site
Summary: Searchable database of products, ingredients, and material safety data sheets for auto products, inside the home, pesticides, landscape/yard, personal care/use, home maintenance, arts & crafts and pet care.
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Incandescent, fluorescent, halogen & compact fluorescent
Summary: This report helps clarify some of the questions surrounding lights.
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Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) Mercury-Added Products Database
Type: Database - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Maintained by the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA), this database presents information submitted to IMERC on the amount and purpose of mercury in consumer products. The database is intended to inform consumers, recyclers, policy make...
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Lighting Retrofit Workbook: A Practical
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: As stated in the overview of the book, the "workbook is designed to maximize your lighting energy savings while maintaining, or in many cases, improving th elighting quality in your park." Many aspects of this book are applicable to schools and offices and th...
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Our House. Going Green – Fundraising you can feel GOOD about!
Type: School Projects - Web site
Summary: The people from OurHouse provided me with a sample of cleaning supplies. They worked as well as anything else and in some cases better. They have an environmentally friendly product. You can check their MSDS. They are one of a growing number of school fund...
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Playing with Poison: Lead Poisoning Hazards of Children's Product Recalls 1990-2004
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This 22-page document (pdf) reviews appropriate legislation and acts, provides facts and statistics and identifies surprisingly common toys and children’s products that have been recalled for lead hazards (including vending machine jewelry). The table of cont...
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Poisoned By Painting: The problem of toxic art-supplies
Type: Article/Report
Summary: The bloody noses in the morning, the dizziness, nausea and headaches it all finally got to me. I didn't realize it at the time, but I was poisoning myself with oil-based paint.This article is a personal account of problems associated with using toxic materials...
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SBIC
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Fact sheet - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: SBIC's mission is "to advance the design, affordability, energy performance, and environmental soundness of residential, institutional, and commercial buildings nationwide." This website and non-profit organization is dedicated to teaching and advocating for...
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Science-Based Source for the Facts on Capret and Rugs
Type: Web site
Summary: Consumer information on carpets, vacuums, air quality, and more.
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Sourcebook for Green and Sustainable Building, A
Type: Database - Fact sheet - List - Web site
Summary: This sourcebook covers energy, water, building materials,and solid waste. Not only are their resources for environmentally friendly places to purchase the materials, but implementation issues are covered, guidelines, and installation. The sources are national,...
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Stuff The Secret Lives of Everyday Things
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author, John C. Ryan and Alan Thein Durning

ISBN 1-886093-04-0

This 86-page book servers as an introduction to stuff in our everyday lives. Descriptions of how items are made will help us think about the consequences of consu...

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SWANCC
Type: Checklist - Recycled Products - School Projects - Web site
Summary: SWANCC provides programs, educational resources, household hazardous waste recycling information on their website. This is information directly applicable to residents of Northern Cook County, but also valuable as an information resource for other parts on Il...
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The Story of Stuff: How our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: NonFiction

Authors, Annie Leonard

ISBN 978143912566-3 March 2010

Author Annie Leonard presents a startling clear message, that we have too much Stuff, and too much of it is toxic. She outlines five stages of our consumption-driven e...

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Top 10 Ways to Reduce Waste While Back-to-School Shopping
Type: Checklist
Summary: Teachers can reflect upon these suggestions when making up the list of materials students need for the upcoming school year.
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Toxic Art Materials: What Every Artist Should Know
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: For casual hobbyists and professional artists alike, art supplies have become such familiar materials that one rarely stops to seriously consider their specific ingredients. Provided is a discussion on labels. This article is from the 2003 Expo for the Artist...
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Use Less Stuff: Environmental Solutions for Who We Really Are
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Recycled Products
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author,Robert Lilienfeld

AIN 449001687

The authors campaign to change consumer habits. Recycling is a good thing, but preventing the potential entry of products into the waste stream is far more desirable. Using less stuff...

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Watts on Schools, Bringing Solar Energy to the Communities we Serve
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Database - Experiment - List - Web site
Summary: Move backwards and forward at this site dedicated to Solar Energy and you can learn about what schools are doing, calculate wattage, download data, find appropriate activities and learn about the photovoltaic systems.
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