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2007 Ohio Sport Fish Consumption Advisory
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet
Summary: This fish advisory includes statewide/nationwide mercury advisories. This is an example that can help illustrate lessons in the classroom.
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A Small Dose of Toxicology
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Glossary - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: This interactive poster presents the health effects of common chemicals that includes toxic agents such as alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, pesticides, lead, mercury, arsenic, metals, solvents and animal plant toxins. It includes a glossary, powerpoints and intera...
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Acid (and Base) Rainbows
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: Students are introduced to the differences between acids and bases and how to use indicators, such as pH paper and red cabbage juice, to distinguish between them. This lesson is aligned to Colorado educational standards.
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Adventures of the Lead Busters Club
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: An online, interactive story for children to help them understand lead poisoning, ways to prevent poisoning and symptoms of lead poisoning. A teachers guide, letters for parents/guardians and additional resources as well as assessments and recipes accompany t...
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Aerosols and the Environment
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: The Consumer Aerosol Products Council offers education resources, background information and lessons to help increase awareness of our environment, ozone depletion and the affects of aerosols.
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Air Module
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Experiment - Fact sheet - Glossary - List - Manual/Handbook - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site - Workshops
Summary: The AMBIENT air module contains segments of lessons based upon materials introduced in a news video. There is situations for activities, a community asthma quiz and key, school survey and glossary as well as a guide to air. AMBIENT provides a systemic approac...
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Air Pollution, A True Book
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Materials - Experiment
Summary: Non-fiction

AuthorDonald, Rhonda Lucas.

ISBN0-516-25998-9

AbstractThis book examines basic concepts of air pollution, problems, weather concerns and the process for cleaning the air. It offers some simple experiments to enhance ob...

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Air Pollution: What's the Solution
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Experiment - Web site
Summary: Air Pollution: What’s the Solution? is an educational project for students, grades 6 - 12, that uses online real time data to guide student discovery of the science behind the causes and effects of ground level ozone. Core activities include The Ozone Betwee...
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Air Quality Index
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Glossary - Web site
Summary: This is designer for young students and helps them understand clean and dirty air, air pollution health and air quality index. This is interactive with definitions.
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Alphabetical List of Pesticide Fact Sheets
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: EPA's fact sheets on pesticides, associated risks, and advisories and announcements are available with updates as they occur.These can include a very broad range of topics such as "Citizens Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety", "Biopesticide Fact Sheets...
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AMACO America Clay Company Product Information
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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Art Supplies Need to be Safe for Children
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - List - Web site
Summary: Whether the supplies are intended for home or school, this introduction provides general information on toxics and kids, toxics in arts and crafts materials, plastics in food packaging, and more.
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Asbestos News
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
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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ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) Glossary of Terms
Type: Glossary - Language Options
Summary: This glossary of toxic substance terms is available in English and in Spanish.
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ATSDR (Agengy for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry)
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
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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Back to School Environmental Checklist
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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Besmart
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Web site
Summary: This waste reduction website from Wisconsin highlights events and efforts from their state and identifies national resources as well as creative events and programs that could be modified for local use.
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Breaking the Mold
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
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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California Integrated Waste Management for State Agencies
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Web site
Summary: "The Board promotes a zero waste California in partnership with local government, industry, and the public. This means managing the estimated 76 million tons of waste generated each year by reducing waste whenever possible, promoting the management of all mate...
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CHEC's HealtheHouse A Resource for Environmental Health Risks Affecting Children
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - Fact sheet - List - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: Very interactive site. A virtual house starts the experience, however, explore the products, resources and protecting your kids sections for resources on how to reduce environmental health risks to children in and around the home (and in the classroom).
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Children's Health Month 2006: Promoting Healthy School Environments
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Children spend a significant portion of their time in schools—more than in any other environment other than their homes. Children’s Health Month is a perfect opportunity to learn more about improving the health of your school environments. A link is provided f...
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Clean Energy-Environment Guide to Action
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
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 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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Climate Change, Wildlife, and Wildlands Toolkit
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Case Study - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the National Park Service and with input from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, developed a kit for use when talking with the public about how climate change is affecting our nation's wildlife and...
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Comparative Air Emissions of Wind and Other Fuels
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Wind energy's most important environmental benefit is its lack of emissions of both air pollutants and greenhouse gases when compared with alternative methods of generating electricity. This fact sheet looks at carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxid...
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Consumer Aerosol Products Science Class Challenge
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials
Summary: This site offers lessons, resources for teachers, aerosol facts, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and a science class challenge. Materials make teaching about ozone and atmosphere topics interesting and relevant.
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Creating Safe Learning Zones: Invisible Threats, Visible Actions
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
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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Detectives in the Classroom: An Epidemiology Curriculum for Science, Mathematics and Health Educators
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: The Detectives in the Classroom is an interactive online curriculum developed for middle school students because:

1. During middle school students become increasingly independent and are faced with many health-related decisions that can profoundly affect...

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Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention (Ohio)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Database - List - Research - Web site
Summary: This website identifies potential community grants, recycling efforts in Ohio,rates and local contacts, a variety of studies including a Waste Characterization Study, educational tools and more.
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Division of Waste Management (Kentucky)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Database - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: A directory, education section, fact sheets, forms, news and events as well as links to other environmental resources and programs are offered. Programs include a hazardous waste program, enforcement, field operations, solid waste, superfund and more.
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Downwind Learning Science Using an EPA Exposure Model
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: The primary purpose of this project is to guide students regarding the causes and possible results of air pollution. It introduces students to the use of the IGEMS/ISC computer model, which has been developed by the United States Environmental Protection Ag...
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Drinking Water and Ground Water Kids' Stuff
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: EPA's Office of Water has added to its website new pages designed just for children, featuring a new mascot-like character called "Thirstin." The new pages contain games, activities and narrated/animated classroom experiments. Some of the activities include an...
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Earthwater Products
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - School Projects
Summary: Basic stencils are provided (including Spanish stencils), custom stencils and specialized, unique stencils. Earthwater Products is a not-for-profit organization who's mission is to foster public awareness of, involvement in, and support for stormwater polluti...
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Eek, The Air Around Us
Grade Level: Elementary
Summary: Learn more about Ozone, global warming, and ozone action days. EEK is Environmental Education for Kids.
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Environment, The, Saving the Planet
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Materials - School Projects
Summary: Non-fiction

AuthorRosie Harlow and Sally Morgan.

ISBN0-7534-5426-2

AbstractFour sections, Energy and Power, Nature in Danger, Pollution and Waste, and Garbage and Recycling, are supported by brief introductions (2 pages each) to sp...

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Environmental Health Curriculum, Lesson Plans, and Activities (K-12)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Experiment - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: Educational activities designed to enhance science, health and environmental education lessons are provided through the SWEHSC. Additional resources (curricula, lesson plans, powerpoint presentation, and various links) support these goal.
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Environmental Virtual Campus
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
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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ERTV Web Site
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: Environmental Response Television provides video programs of environmental events. They have an extensive list of videos including the Mercury Video News Release. They also produce "The Environmental Response News Magazine" which is a quarterly program that...
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Exploring the Environment Through Children's Literature: An Integrated Approach
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-fiction

AuthorsButzow, Carol M and John W. Butzow, illustrated by Rhett E.Kennedy

ISBN1-56308-650-6

Fifteen chapters provide suggestions for literature use for topics that include air pollution, solid waste and recycling, effectos o...

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Exploring Urban Integrated Pest Management
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Exploring Urban Integrated Pest Management provides activities and resources for Teaching K-6. The educational material is downloadable. This resource provides the opportunity for K-6 educators in formal and informal settings to use IPM as the real-world them...
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Fuel Cells: What's Up in the Environment
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Glossary
Summary: What's Up in the Environment projects are intended primarily for middle school students, but can be modified. They begin with an extensive description of the project’s objectives, standards, time and materials needed, computer requirements, and lists of on-lin...
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Games for Change (G4C)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Web site
Summary: Games for Change (G4C) provides support, visibility and shared resources to organizations and individuals using digital games for social change. Includes several online games related to ecosystems and the environment.
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Garbage Wars The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-fiction

AuthorPellow, David Naguib

ISBN0-262-66187-X

This is a study of clonflicts over solid waste and pollution in urban, generally communities of color and low-income populations. The author is a sociologist conduction research on...

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Gateway Area Storm Sewer Stenciling PRoject
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - School Projects
Summary: This project serves as a model for creating a storm sewer stenciling project. Content includes "how to conduct a stenciling program, organizing a stenciling project in your town," and an "activity guide for the classroom K-12." Organization includes stenciling...
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Getting Mercury Out of Schools: Why it’s a Problem, Where it is, What to do
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: This guide was prepared to assist Massachusetts schools in identifying and removing mercury materials from their classrooms, laboratories and buildings. It was designed as a one-pocket folder with general mercury information printed on the folder and six fact...
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GLIN Glossary Information Network
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Glossary
Summary: This glossary is appropriate for elementary through high school students, and is continually expanded. The terms address Great Lakes topics (environment, history, geography, pollution, and careers. They include scientific terms and acronyms.
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Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable: Mercury—Schools
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Web site
Summary: This online guide provides background information on the issue of mercury in schools, information on where mercury is found in schools, and information on how to prevent pollution caused by hazardous mercury spills in schools. Includes a bibliography of links...
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Great Lakes--Make the Human Health Connection
Grade Level: High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Environmental Health Perspectives online lessons have a new addition that focuses on the Great Lakes’ environmental problems. This is designed for grades 10-12. As a reminder, EHP lessons are built around real issues and news articles and the article link is p...
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Green Roof Plants: A Resource and Planting Guide
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Author Edmund C. Snodgrass and Lucie L. Snodgrass

ISBN 10:0-88192-787-2

Non-fiction, handbook This provides a practical, indispensable reference guide for anyone involved in developing a Green Roof garden. Anyone includes archite...

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Green Squad, Kids taking action for greener, healthier schools
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Checklist - Classroom Games and Activities - Fact sheet - Language Options - Web site
Summary: An interactive tool for students that helps them understand their school their health and the environment and aids them in discovering what they might be able to do to improve the school environment.Interactive tools allow them to explore various rooms but the...
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Greening School Lesson Plan Format (PDF)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Lesson plans are beginning to appear in the Greening School's Resource list for teachers. Formal lessons will use this format. If you have lessons to submit that meet the greening principles, if they address chemistry, biology, geology, other sciences or art...
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Guide to Storm Drain Marking
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Checklist - Manual/Handbook
Summary: This is a manual and how-to guide for municipalities interested in starting a storm drain marking program to reduce nonpoint source pollution. This is also a valuable resource for school districts and volunteer community groups who wish to implement a storm dr...
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Hazardous Products Substitutes
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3 and can be used in both science and health education. Students will recognize signal words and visual symbols that indicate the presence of hazardous substances; identify "how much" of various products would be dangerous...
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Hazardous Routes
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5 and can be used in health and English. Students will identify ways people dispose of household hazardous waste; identify the impacts these disposal methods have on health and the environment; suggest safe alternative man...
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How to Minimize the Threat of Mercury
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This article from the December/January 2003 issue of National Wildlife addresses the presences (still) of mercury in our daily lives and it discusses some of the concerns and threats associated with mercury.
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How to Stencil Storm Drains
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - List
Summary: A two-page PDF on how to stencil storm drains, from getting permission to the event day.
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IDEM Air Quality Environmental Education Lesson
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Glossary - Web site
Summary: These lessons provide teacher preparation, presenter preparations, lessons and activities, extensions, standards, glossary of air quality and air pollution terms and additional resources. These are designed for K-3 and 4-6.
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IDEM Mercury Information & Programs
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: Mercury information programs provided by Indiana's Department of Environmental Management includes About Mercury, Special Programs, Recycling and Disposal, Mercury and Our Air, Mercury and Oour Water, Mercury Rules and Laws and Non-IDEM Mercury Information.
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IDEM Recycling Environmental Education Lesson Plans
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Glossary
Summary: This lesson plan is appropriate for grades K-6 and is designed for Indiana standards, but easily modifiable for other state standards. Lessons provide teacher preparation, presenter preparation, lessons and activities, glossary of recycling terms and ways to...
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Illinois Clean School Bus Program
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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Illinois Sustainable Living Fair and Earth Day Celebration
Type: Holiday
Summary: Two full days of exploration into sustainability, 40 workshops and 50 exhibitors will promote Earth Day celebrations. The goal of the ISLF is to help business and community members make sustainable choices that are ecologically sound, economically viable, and...
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In Katrina's Wake
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Students will read the article "In Katrina's Wake," review geographhic information system (GIS) maps of the region identifying locations for hazardous materials, and discuss the variety of environmental health hazards resulting from Hurrican Katrina. Students...
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Individual Emissions Calculator
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet
Summary: Individual Emissions Calculators make it possible to determine how much greenhouse gas is generated as a result of public transportation vehicles, personal vehicles and it can be compared to bicycle, boat, train, foot and a few others. Searching through this...
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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 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 - 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 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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Intersexuality and the Cricket Frog Linked to Pesticide Use
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Research
Summary: Hermaphrodite Frogs Linked to Pesticide Use in a University of Illinois research report released March 2005. Scientists who compared frogs collected over the last 150 years have discovered a dramatic increase in hermaphrodites during the times when contaminat...
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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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Investigating Air: Organizing, Analyzing, and Interpreting Information about the Quality of Air
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Non-Fiction, Lessons

Authors, NSTA

ISBN 0-87255-173-7

This book is full of lesson plans and background information that provide investigations, which lead students to the answers to questions such as what is air made of, how does a...

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Just a Dream
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author, Chris Van Allsburg

ISBN 0395533082p>Young Walter litters and refuses to sort trash for recycling, until he dreams of an overcrowded and polluted future which terrifies him into taking care of the earth. This classic ca...

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Kids and Chemicals Facts and Laws
Grade Level: High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Glossary - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: This lesson is designed so students are able to identify some of the synthetic chemicals they have contact with during their days; so they can consider the affects that toxic chemicals have on people; that they can reflect upon alternatives to toxic home-use p...
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Kids' Pages at NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Language Options - Web site
Summary: The activities on the NIEHS Kids' pages are available in Spanish and in English. This includes hot topics and enviornmental health, science education, games and activities, and more.
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Know Zone, The
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - Fact sheet
Summary: Visit California Air Basins for an interactive experience that explains air basins and helps to create a basic understand for smog. Lesson plans and activities are provided as well as additinal links and fact sheets.
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Lead Poisoning Prevention Curriculum for Preschool Children and their Families
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet
Summary: This lead poisoning prevention curriculum is designed to use with 4-5 year old students and Pre-K students. A teacher's guide, letters and information to and for parents as well as lessons, activities, songs and age appropriate materials are provided. One of...
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Lead: Topic Home
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet - Glossary - Web site
Summary: Lead is a soft, heavy, blue-gray metal. It occurs naturally in the earth’s crust, and human activities such as burning fossil fuels, mining, and manufacturing have spread it throughout the environment, including our homes and workplaces. Fact sheets on lead,...
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Lorax, The
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Fiction

Author, Dr. Seuss

ISBN 0394823370

This classic is used in many lessons that emphasize pollution prevention. In the Lorax the Once-ler describes the results of the local pollution prevention and attempts to generate action....

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Major Environmental Laws
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - List - Web site
Summary: US EPA Region 5 provides a list of environmental laws including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. Other major environmental laws are offered and are complete with history, a...
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Maryland Department of the Environment Land Programs
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Database - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: To protect human health and preserve and restore land and water resources, MDE implements various programs ensuring the control and proper disposal of waste, managing lead paint compliance activities, assuring that oil is handled in an environmentally safe man...
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Mercury (US EPA)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet - Language Options - Web site
Summary: This mercury site provides a broad range of information: actions by EPA and others, including international actions; effects on people and the environment; and how to protect you and your family.
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Mercury and Schools
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Mercury and schools is a risky combination! A packet of nine new brochures has been developed to help school personnel identify mercury sources and reduce or remove the risk of a mercury spill. Mercury may be found in many different places throughout a school,...
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Mercury Awareness for School Teachers
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Checklist - Fact sheet - School Projects
Summary: What can schools and teachers do to reduce the presence of mercury in schools. This fact sheet provides a check list as well as simple procedures and reasons for the concerns.
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Mercury Brochures for Schools
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Nine brochures are offered to help school personnel identify mercury sources and steps necessary to reduce or remove the risk of mercury spills. These are available as PDF’s or HTML documents.
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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 Fact Sheet (Indiana)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This fact sheet lists common uses of mercury and suggested alternatives and local contacts.
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Mercury Fact Sheet (Ohio EPA)
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Mercury is a toxic, persistent metal that can build up int he body. It can cause adverse neuroloigical and developmental health effects. This fact sheet from OhioEPA briefly described the reasons for concern, and identifies some of the efforts addressing the...
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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 High Schools Case Study: Bay Path Vocational Technical High School, Charlton, Massachusetts
Grade Level: High School
Type: Case Study
Summary: Describes how Bay Path identified and eliminated elemental mercury and products containing mercury from their facilities. The school committee passed a “mercury-free” resolution. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages)
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Mercury in Schools and Communities
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: NEWMOA provides a list of fact sheets, case studies, administrator and teacher information, list of mercury devices frequently found in science labs, and mercury-exchange suggestions.
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Mercury in Your Community and the Environment (A Wisconsin Curriculum)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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 in Your Home, School and Lake
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Mercury in lakes and rivers moves up through the food chain. Reduce mercury contamination issues through some simple efforts. This is a kid-friendly format.
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Mercury Schools Table of Contents
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Web site
Summary: Topic Hubs are detailed collections of resources and contact information for specific topics or industrial sectors. In this case the topic hub is Mercury in Schools. Topic Hubs include narrative sections providing background information, operations involved (...
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Mercury Spills: What to do
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Liquid mercury emits vapors into the air. These are colorless, ordorless and toxic. They are health risks and even very tiny spills require special care. Tips on what to do, tips for fish eaters and anglers, tips for medical professionals and for nursing wom...
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Mercury Toxics and Hazards
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Web site
Summary: Massachusetts Department of Enviromental Protection offers several valuable resources for understanding mercury: Mercury is Toxic (pdf), Mercury Health Effects (pdf), Mercury in Common Household Prodcuts, Mercury in paints and stains guidelines for handling, a...
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Mercury When Fun Turns into Danger
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Fact sheet
Summary: This 14-page educational comicbook illustrates a classroom contamination situation as well as prpovides informative facts and links to additional resources.
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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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Missing 'Gator of Gumbo Limbo, The
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Fiction

Author, Jean Craighead George

ISBN 006440434X

A missing alligator, development, everglades and some pollution issues combine to create an eco mystery fileld with quiet clues that provide hints as to how to solve this mystery....

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Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
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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Nanosponges Soak up Pollutants
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Environmental engineers from Cornell University have developed a strategy that involves nanotechnology for cleaning hazardouswaste sites. This is presented in a way that allows upper elementary and middle school students a better understanding of the process.
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Nanotech Facts
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet - Research - Web site
Summary: The goals of Nanotechnology Initiative are to 1. Maintain a world-class research and development program aimed at realizing the full potential of nanotechnology; 2. Facilitate transfer of new technologies into products for economic growth, jobs, and other publ...
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National Overview Air Quality
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Language Options - Web site
Summary: A real-time map provides current reports of air quality, ozone and particulate matter across the United States. Air quality basics are designed for health providers, students, teachers and weather forecasters. Activities are provided for "kids" ages 7-10 (als...
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Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance (Indiana)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Database - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Browse by topics or search through specific categories incuding Indiana grants and awards, community efforts, recycling projects, and publications and forms. Links to the Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts Environmental Educators and a Kids page are pro...
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Old Nassau Demonstration (using mercury)
Grade Level: High School
Type: Experiment - Holiday
Summary: This experiment provides instructions for the Halloween Demonstration, or "Old Nassau" Demonstration that uses Mercury. The preferred and refined version that uses silver nitrate is provided at http://jchemed.chem.wisc.edu/Journal/Issues/2004/Oct/PlusSub/V81N...
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Old Nassau Demonstration (using mercury)
Grade Level: High School
Type: Experiment - Holiday
Summary: This experiment provides instructions for the Halloween Demonstration, or "Old Nassau" Demonstration that uses Mercury. The preferred and refined version that uses silver nitrate is provided at http://jchemed.chem.wisc.edu/Journal/Issues/2004/Oct/PlusSub/V81N...
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On the Trail of the Missing Ozone
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This book provides an introduciton into why we need the ozone layer, the causes of ozone depletion and some actions to correct the problem. It is available in several formats including text and pdf. Links within the text illustrate definitions.
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Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act (1993)
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Glossary - List - Web site
Summary: Included at this site is a list of Common Air Pollutants, a Glossary, suggestions for Consumer Products, technology used for cleaning up air pollution and regulation information.
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Product Life Cycle Analysis
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Using a tennis shoe, students will have an opportunity to become aware that the products they buy have an impact on the environment beyond that of the disposal of the waste.
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Protecting Children's Health Slide Show
Type: Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: This slide show provides a short (19 slides) position on environmental factos contributing to childhood health and diseases.
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Rain Gardens Gardening with Water Quality in Mind
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: School Projects
Summary: All about Rain Gardening including recent articles, suggested plants,and design considerations.
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Rehab the Lab
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Experiment - Web site
Summary: Lesson plans with teacher editions and student worksheets, lists of undesirable chemicals, references and much more makes this a valuable site for planning Green Chemistry units.
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Resources and References for Safe Healthy Schools
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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Rustle the Leaf
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: Rustle the Leaf is an online outreach that uses syndication-quality weekly comic strips and other tools to communicate essential environmental themese. Their goals are to be encouraging while facilitating the sharing of enviornmental views. They use a blog s...
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Saving the Earth's Resources: Hands-on Projects About
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - School Projects
Summary: Non-fiction, lesson and activity book

AuthorsWest, Krista

ISBN0-8239-5847-7

Projects focus on conservation of natural resources and several are designed for independent work, some are for a child and adult, and some could be student-bas...

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Schools and Cleaning Products
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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Search Your Community
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Checklist - Classroom Materials - Database
Summary: By simply entering your zip code you can choose from four databases to obtain information about any community. Additional links to other databases provide envirofacts, air quality, watershed information and much more.
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Silent Scourge: Children, Pollution and Why Scientists Disagree
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary: NonFiction

AuthorColleen Moore

ISBN019515391

Colleen Moore’s book identifies a troubling body of evidence. She shows how environmental pollution places an increasing and quantifiable burden on the education of American children. The book...

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Soil Module from AMBIENT
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Database - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: The AMBIENT curriculum soil module evolves around the scene of a legal action regarding an old hazard, lead poisoning of kids. Several news videos are included and lessons and problem solving are developed around these resources.
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Solar Cars: What's Up in the Environment
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Glossary
Summary: What's Up in the Environment projects are intended primarily for middle school students, but can be modified. They begin with an extensive description of the project’s objectives, standards, time and materials needed, computer requirements, and lists of on-lin...
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Space Garbage
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Fiction

Author, Asimov

ASIN 1555323707

A "futuristic book that examines potential causes, dangers and efforts to clean up space debris.

Books listed in Greening Schools BiblioResources have been recommended as valuable tools in the t...

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Storm Drain Marking Manual
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Fact sheet - Manual/Handbook
Summary: This 16-page PDF manual provides an introduction, marking methods, the planning process, education, day of the event (and after the event as well as sources for marking supplies and instructions on cleaning the supplies.
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Storm Drain Stenciling
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Case Study - School Projects
Summary: This is an exampe of a stenciling project in the DuPage County area (Illinois) that used volunteers and students from local schools.
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Teacher's Guide to Indoor Air Quality
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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 Story of Stuff: How our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
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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Throwaway Three (skit)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities
Summary: This is a collection of plays that are often used for enriching pollution prevention and waste reduction lessons. Throwaway Three is a classic skit found in many locations but was originally developed by the Atlanta Clean City Commission.
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Tools for Zero Waste Schools (K-12)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Links for kids and for teachers on zero waste projects include waste reduction, composting, vermi-composting, special topics, pollution prevention and songs.
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Tox Town
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Database - Language Options - Web site
Summary: Tox Town is an interactive game that provides suggestions as to where toxic chemicals can be found in our daily lives, non-technical descriptions of chemicals, links and other resources. Tox Town uses color, graphics and creative ways in which middle school a...
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ToxFAQs for Mercury
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet - Glossary - Language Options
Summary: This fact sheet answers the most frequently asked health questions about mercury. For more information, you may call the ATSDR Information Center at 1-888-422-8737. This fact sheet is one in a series of summaries about hazardous substances and their health eff...
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U.S. EPA Indoor Air Quality Tools For Schools Kit
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
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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Unequal Housing, Unequal Health
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: The EHP lessons provide lessons for students that are linked to actual articles. The summary for this lesson is "students read the article Dwelling Disparities: How Poor Housing Leads to Poor Health" to obtain a comprehensive picture of how environmental heal...
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Wetlands: What's Up in the Environment
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Glossary
Summary: What's Up in the Environment projects are intended primarily for middle school students, but can be modified. They begin with an extensive description of the project’s objectives, standards, time and materials needed, computer requirements, and lists of on-lin...
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What Can I Do? An Alphabet for Living
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author, Lisa Harrow

ISBN 1-931498-66-0

What Can I Do? An Alphabet for Living is a directory for the who's doing what in sustainability education and action around the country. This is a simple guide for learning what in...

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What Color Is Your Waste
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: This lesson examines the principles of Green Chemistry through an activity on accessing commonly used and environmentally packaging.This activity can be used as a demonstration for middle school students or as a lab exercise for high school students. It can a...
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What You Need to Know About Mercury
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet
Summary: Website designed for students. This explains in grade appropriate language issues and concerns, specifically how mercury contamination contributes to Superfund site issues. This somewhat interactive presentation also provides activities and homework.
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What's Your Hypothesis?
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Students develop an hypothesis about the connection between air pollution and cardiovascular disease and then test this hypothesis using statistical analysis.
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Who Really Killed Cock Robin
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Fiction

Author, Jean Craighead George

ISBN 0064404056

The death of the town's feathered mascot, Cock Robin, gains the attention of the community and a young man who is determined to solve the mystery. The book doesn't preach and se...

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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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WISE Website
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: WISE (Whole Systems Integrated Sustainable Desicn for Education) is a website tool for students and teachers to learn about and implement sustainable design projects. Students will observe, analyze resources, record findings, learn about sustainability, and p...
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World Water Monitoring Day
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - School Projects
Summary: Teachers can register to participate and obtain kits for the October 18 World Water MonitoringDay 2004. Additionally, a WWMD summary for 2003 is available. From September 18 to October 18, citizens throughout the world community will have an opportunity to m...
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Wump World, The
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Summary: Fiction

Author, Bill Peet

ISBN 0395311292

This book is considered a classic by many. Some human-like beings, the Pollutiants, trash the Wump World turning their lush green meadows into concrete meadows and jungles. Lessons are available o...

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Youth Education List of Resources
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Web site
Summary: Topic Hubs are detailed collections of resources and contact information for specific topics or industrial sectors. In this case, the topic is Youth Education. Topic Hubs include narrative sections providing background information, operations involved (if the...
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Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES)
Grade Level: High School
Type: School Projects - Web site
Summary: YES! is a non-profit organization that connects, inspires and empowers young changemakers to join forces for a thriving, just, and sustainable way of life for all. Founded in 1990 by 16-year-old Ocean Robbins and 19-year-old Ryan Eliason, at a time when Nancy...
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