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30 Priority Chemicals
Type: Checklist
Summary: EPA's National Waste Minimization Partnership Program focuses on reducing or eliminating the generation of hazardous waste containing any of 30 Waste Minimization Priority Chemicals. These chemicals are found in hazardous waste and are documented contaminants...
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AMACO America Clay Company Product Information
Type: Checklist - Fact sheet - Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) - Web site
Summary: "Since 1940, the Art and Creative Materials Institute, Inc. has been certifying art material labeling through a program of toxicological evaluation by a medical expert. American Art Clay Co., Inc. is a charter member of that program and has the distinction of...
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Art Material Alternatives
Type: Checklist - List - Web site
Summary: This is an abbreviated list of commonly used art supplies and suggested materials. A more comprehensive list of certified supplies for school use is provided within the document.
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Ash Creek Intermediate School, Oregon
Type: Case Study
Summary: Energy efficiency is one of the building's many pluses. Through passive solar design and state-of-the-art daylighting and electronic controls, the school will use approximately 30 percent less energy than Oregon's energy code requires. Te design committee had...
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Benjamin Moore Paints MSDS
Type: Language Options - List - Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
Summary: This is a lengthy selection of house interior and exterior paints, industrial coatings and primers offered by Benjamin Moore Paints and their accompanying MSDSs.
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Building Energy Software Tools
Type: Database - Web site
Summary: This directory provides information on 317 building software tools for evaluation energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability in buildings. The energy tools listed in this directory include databases, spreadsheets, component and systems analyses, a...
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Buy Green Power
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Included in this partnershp is the Guide to Purchasing Green Power. The Web site offers steps to green power purchasing, the types of green power products, considerations, purchasing scope, procurement methods and green power locators.
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Center for Resourceful Building Technology
Type: Article/Report - Database - Web site
Summary: CRBT provides information on current research, education efforts, ad related links in an effort to help educate the public on issues related to construction and environmentally friendly purchases.
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Clear Stream by Resourceful
Type: Recycled Products
Summary: Clear bags for special event recycling and trash management tend to encourage greater success with recycling at events.
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Crayon Recycle Program
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - School Projects
Summary: The Crayon Recycle Program offers an opportunity to "do your part for the Earth" as well as a community service. Crayon drives can be organized and recycled. This program takes rejected, broken crayons and recycles them into new beautiful Crazy Crayons.
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Earth Easy
Type: Web site
Summary: Ideas for environmentally sustainable linving includes resources for living, growing, eating, play, clothing and giving. They have a large collection of book recommendations that support sustainable living. My attention was originally drawn through articles on...
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Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool
Summary: EPEAT is a procurement tool to help institutional purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on their environmental attributes. EPEAT also provides a clear and consistent set of per...
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Environmental Building News
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Database - List - Web site
Summary: A well-organized web site, Building Green.Com offers information on a variety of "green" topics including policies, processes, siting and water, energy, materials and indoor and outdoor designs. A calendar of events that support these topics identifies confer...
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Environmental Virtual Campus
Type: Web site
Summary: Developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), this virtual campus uses an engaging, intuitive format to highlight potential environmental issues at nine campus areas, and provides compliance information and good management practices on a number...
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Environmentally Preferable LED Exit Signs: Saving Money and Protecting the Environment Through Energy Efficiency
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This fact sheet from INFORM, Inc. discusses LED exit signs; these signs are more energy efficient than fluorescent lamp exit signs and contain no mercury. One fluorescent lamp exit sign can contain more than 10 mg of mercury. Topics covered in this fact shee...
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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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Fire and Light
Type: Recycled Products - Web site
Summary: Fire and Light produces glassware, dinnerware and gifts from recycled glass.
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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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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 Cleaning Pollution Prevention Calculator
Summary: 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...
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Green Cleaning: How to Select and Use Safe Janitorial Chemicals
Type: Article/Report - Checklist
Summary: This 14-page pdf provides a guideline for selecting and using janitoral supplies. Included are tables on risks associated with common cleaners (all-purpose, metal, restroom and toilet, and glass cleaners), information on locating preferable products and using...
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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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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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Green Seal
Type: Web site
Summary: "Green Seal is an independent, non-profit organization that strives to achieve a healthier and cleaner environment by identifying and promoting products and services that cause less toxic pollution and waste, conserve resources and habitats, and minimize globa...
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Green Seal Products Standards and Certifications
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - List - Web site
Summary: "The Green Seal is awarded to products that have less impact on the environment and work well. . To earn the Green Seal a product must meet the Green Seal environmental standard for the category as demonstrated by rigorous evaluation and testing and a plant vi...
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Guide to Purchasing Green Power
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: This 50-page PDF defines green power, presents benefits and costs of green power, identifies options for purchasing green power and the steps involved. It further discusses planning an on-site renewable generation project and additional resources.
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Guide to Purchasing Green Power
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: This 50-page PDF defines green power, presents benefits and costs of green power, identifies options for purchasing green power and the steps involved. It further discusses planning an on-site renewable generation project and additional resources.
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High Tech High School
Type: Case Study
Summary: Los Angeles Unified School District's High Tech High Schools was designed to mirror leading-edge research center. Berliner & Associates Architecture firm worked with the district to create a school that maximized energy efficiency, material efficency and acou...
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High-Bay Lighting: Opportunities for Mercury Reduction and Energy Efficiency
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This fact sheet from INFORM, Inc. focuses on high-bay lighting, a type of lighting used in high-ceiling areas to light surfaces more than 15 feet away. This type of lighting is often used in warehouses, gymnasiums, manufacturing facilities and warehouse-type...
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Identification of Mercury Devices in Schools Checklists
Type: Checklist
Summary: These tables assist school staff and/or state and local technical assistance providers in identifying mercury materials commonly found in schools. Specific tables are available for science rooms, medical offices, and school facilities. Non-mercury alternativ...
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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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Janitorial Products Pollution Prevention Project (JP4)
Type: Checklist - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Facts sheets, evaluation tools, checklists, resources, ingredient data on cleaning products, product msds's for cleaning supplies, and much more is provided on this website. Permission is granted to freely copy, distribute and use these materials (and forms)...
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Lowdown on Mercury in Fluorescent Lamps (The)
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This fact sheet from INFORM, Inc. discusses how to tell if a lamp is “low-mercury,” the amount of mercury in a typical fluorescent lamp, EPA’s Toxic Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP), a comparison of TCLP compliant and non-TCLP lamps, and information on...
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Make Your Moms Proud
Type: Article/Report - Holiday
Summary: If you love your mothers and you love the planet, use this list of suggestions for some ideas.
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Mercury Disclosure Requirements and the New Jersey Lamp Contract
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: The state of New Jersey required vendors to disclose the amount of mercury in the mercury-containing lamps sold on its 2002 and 2003 contracts for incandescent, HID, and fluorescent lamps (contract T-1092). This fact sheet provides examples of the mercury dis...
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Mercury in consumer goods and the waste stream
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Ohio DNR provides a list of household items that may contain mercury.
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Mercury in Your Community and the Environment (A Wisconsin Curriculum)
Type: Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet
Summary: Facts, lessons, activites and links to national standards accompany general information on mercury in our world and known health issues. This also addresses cultural and religious uses of mercury as well as some of its unique properties.
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Mercury-containing Lamps and EPA’s Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP)
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This fact sheet from INFORM, Inc. explains the U.S. EPA’s Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP). The U.S. EPA has identified 40 toxic chemicals that can cause harm when products containing them are disposed of in landfills and the chemicals leach...
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Mercury-Free Alternatives for Schools
Summary: The purpose of this fact sheet is to help schools identify and find alternatives to mercury and other hazardous materials that may be present in school facilities. It focuses primarily on mercury compounds and mercury-containing equipment used in curriculum a...
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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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Peres Elementary School, Richmond, CA and the West Contra Costa Unified School District
Type: Case Study
Summary: Food waste disposal was reduced at the school through source reduction and recycling. Biodegradable utensils were colelcted for composting offsite, alogn with leftover food, milk cartons and soiled paper. The case study is 21 pages.
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Plastic Lumber Ratings
Type: Article/Report
Summary: As wise consumers attempting to be environmentally friendly we are often caught wondering about certain products. Once again consumer advocacy groups come through with some resources to help with decision making. Criteria includes composition and recycled co...
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Plastics 101
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Glossary - Web site
Summary: Use this portal to learn more about plastic, plastic recycling and disposal, recycled products and markets, and basics about plastics.
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Policy on Ecolabeling, Government Procurement, and Related Areas
Type: Article/Report - Database - Web site
Summary: Green Seal is active helping to shape policy at the national and international levels in the areas of labeling and environmental product standards, making government procurement responsible and possible and coordinating among ecolabeling practioners around the...
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Promoting Green Purchasing Tools and Resources to Quantify the Benefits of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Type: Article/Report
Summary: US EPA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program is pleased to announce the availability of a new document titled "Promoting Green Purchasing: Tools and Resources to Quantify the Benefits of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing."

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Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools, The
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: The five steps include switching to green cleaning products, introducing green equipment and supplies, adopting green cleaning procedures, using green paper and plastic products, and sharing the responsibility. Instruction for implementation and guidance for...
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Race to Recycle with Motorola
Type: Recycled Products - School Projects
Summary: Learn how to conduct a school project, reduce cell phone waste in landfills and raise funds and awareness for schools.
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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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Recycled Glassworks
Type: Recycled Products - Web site
Summary: Recycled Glassworks (in San Francisco) has bowls, dishes, platters, traffic light dishes, a gift registry (getting married?) and information on recycling. Recycled Glassworks takes junked plate glass windows and sliding glass doors and turns them into beautifu...
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Recycled Products
Type: Recycled Products - Web site
Summary: This company has a large variety of recycled products that carry your logo or used every day in the classroom and/or office. Not necessarily appropriate for the office, however, intriguing is their recycled PET rope hammock that is manufactured from plastic b...
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Schools and Cleaning Products
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: A fact sheet with suggestions for cleaning products, alternatives and efforts that can be provided by students and by schools to help decrease the amount of cleaning chemicals within the schools.
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Schools, Colleges and Universities: Products Containing Persistent, Bioaccumulative Toxic Chemicals (PBTs)
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This factsheet provides a list of products commonly used in educational institutions, the PBTs they contain, and PBT-free alternatives to these products. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
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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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Suppliers of Non-lead Fishing Tackle
Type: List
Summary: This is a PDF of non-lead fishing tackle suppliers.
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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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TerraCycle Inc Illinois Recycling Association Bottle Brigade
Type: Recycled Products - School Projects
Summary: Learn about the plastic bottle recycling efforts from Illinois Recycling Association. They have joined with TerraCycle to recycle plastic bottles. These are shipped (at no expense to the school)to TerraCycle who then reuses the bottles for vermicompost tea. Te...
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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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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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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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Whole Building Design Guide
Type: Case Study - Database - List - Web site
Summary: WBDG attempts to help create successful high-performance buildings. They apply integrated design approaches to the project during the planning and programming phases. They address HVAC system design and life-cycle performances as well as evaluating and selec...
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WIMA Safety Information on Pencils
Type: Checklist - List
Summary: WIMA provides lists of manufacturers who comply with safety certification programs for classroom suppliers of pencils, erasers and ink.
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