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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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ABC's of Healthy Schools
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Fact sheet
Summary: This is brief brochure provides suggestions for creating a voice for children and creating healthy school environments.
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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 Glossary
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Glossary
Summary: The list contains definitions for some of the terms used in air quality. These terms are defined in the sense that they relate to protecting air resources. For terms whose definition is lengthy or complex, the associated Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) secti...
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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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Anti-Idling
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Research - Web site
Summary: Unnecessary school bus idling pollutes the air, wastes fuel, and causes excess engine wear. Fortunately it’s easy to implement practices that reduce school bus idling. Topics found at this site include ways to save money and reduce pollution, actions to redu...
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Asthma and Indoor Environments
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Fact sheet - Glossary - Web site
Summary: EPA provides a downloadable "asthma action card" to help customize an asthma action plan including knowing the asthma triggers for children.Links to learning more information on secondhand smoke, dust mites, molds, cockroaches and pests, pets and nitrogen diox...
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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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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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Chemicals and Human Health
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: This is a set of online activities for grades 6-12 and introductory university students. This interactive web site covers toxicology, the effects of metals on kidneys and basic lunch anatomy and function. Once activity allows students to collect and analyze...
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Chicago Asthma Facts
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet - List
Summary: This is a list of referenced asthma lung facts for the Chicago area.
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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 Green Healthy Schools: An Environmental Health and Safety Activities Book for Teachers and Students (March 2003)
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Manual/Handbook
Summary: The goal of the Clean,Green and Healthy Schools Manual is to protect students and the school community's health and safety on campus and in the home. Every student has the right to attend a school whose environment, staff and training protects and nurtures ph...
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Clean School Bus USA- Where You Live
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Web site
Summary: An interactive map makes it possible to check on the status of Clean School Bus efforts in each state/region of the country.
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Clean School Buses, Healthy Kids
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Research - Web site
Summary: Millions of our children ride to school each day on buses that are among the dirtiest vehicles on the road. The vast majority of the 442,000 school buses are aging diesel vehicles built to outmoded health and safety standards. These buses emit clouds of cancer...
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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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Death by Particles
Grade Level: High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Students read a brief news article about a resesarch study showing that ambient particulate matter (PM) less than 10 micrometers in size and other air pollutants increase women's relative risk for coronary heart disease. Then they use data from the article to...
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Do Indoor Environments in Schools Influence Student Performance? A Review of the Literature.
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This 48-page document was released October 2003.
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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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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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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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EPA Earth Day Take Home Kit
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Holiday - Language Options - Web site
Summary: The EPA site offers hints for school and home for a variety of earth friendly lessons and tips.
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EPA's Asthma Research Results Highlights
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Research
Summary: "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a report, "EPA's Asthma Research Results Highlights," that describes recent advances in scientists' understanding of the factors which cause and exacerbate asthma and that documents ways to reduce the burden...
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Following the Sun to Greener Buildings
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: The EHP Online lessons provide students lessons that are based upon actual articles. The EHP summary for this lesson is as follows "Students read the articles Growing Green Communities and identify green building techniques that have environmental and health...
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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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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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Health, Energy and Productivity in Schools Overview of the Research Program
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: A research program focused on obtaining quantitative data from elementary schools through a longitudinal study of indoor exposures of various influences on students and their reaction.
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Healthy Schools Network, Inc
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: A Kids' Page with online activities accompanies this website. An extensive list of internet resources provides access to a large variety of health-related organizations dedicated to healthy school environments and children. If you register you can download a...
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IAQ Glossary and Acronyms
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Glossary
Summary: This glossary is linked back to terms in the EPA IAQ Tools for Schools kit.
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IAQ Tools for Schools Kit - Ventilation Checklist
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Checklist
Summary: Checklists for administration, building maintenance, food service, health officer, integrated pest managmenet, renovation and repairs, school officials, teacher's classroom, ventilation, walk though inspection, and waste management are all available from this...
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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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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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Improving Asthma Management by Addressing Environmental Triggers
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This is the symposium edition, and the purpose is "to provide an update about the emerging research on the effectiveness of specific indoor environmental interventions for asthma, and to draw on the experience of asthma management initiatives around the countr...
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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 Program
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: This is a portal to a variety of facts sheets and educational material links. Included are ABC's of Secondhand Smoke, Air Quality EnvironMinutes, Community Leader Kit for Women and Children, Sick Building Syndrome, Pesticides, Formaldehyde, Carbon Monoxide,...
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Indoor Air Quality Awards 2003 Excellence Awards Program
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - List - School Projects
Summary: The Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools (IAQ TfS) Excellence Award is EPA’s most prestigious IAQ award, presented only to schools and school districts that show exceptional commitment and achievement. The schools demonstrating exemplary IAQ programs are liste...
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Indoor Air Quality Awards Program - 2002 Excellence Awards Winners
Type: School Projects
Summary: The Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools (IAQ TfS) Excellence Award is EPA’s most prestigious IAQ award, presented only to schools and school districts that show exceptional The schools demonstrating exemplary IAQ programs are listed.
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Indoor Air Quality Awards Program - 2004 Excellence Awards Winners
Summary: The Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools (IAQ TfS) Excellence Award is EPA’s most prestigious IAQ award, presented only to schools and school districts that show exceptional commitment and achievement. The schools demonstrating exemplary IAQ programs are liste...
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Indoor Air Quality Awards Program - Excellence Awards for 2005 Applications
Type: Article/Report - School Projects
Summary: The Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools (IAQ TfS) Excellence Award is EPA's most prestigious IAQ award, presented only to schools and school districts that show exceptional commitment and achievement. The Excellence Award winners will be chosen through a com...
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Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program - Excellence Awards 2001
Type: Article/Report - List - School Projects
Summary: The Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools (IAQ TfS) Excellence Award is EPA’s most prestigious IAQ award, presented only to schools and school districts that show exceptional commitment and achievement.This recognizes those schools demonstrating exemplary IAQ p...
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Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Teacher's Classroom Checklist
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - List - Web site
Summary: General cleanliness, animals in the classroom, drain traps, moisture, thermal comfort, ventilation and fans, art and science supplies, industrial and vocational education supplies and the locker room are all addressed.
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Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation, and Health Symptoms in Schools: An Analysis of Existing Information
Type: Article/Report
Summary: A 22-page review of research that identified most commonly reported building related healthy symptoms involving schools; assembled, evaluatd, and summarized existing measurement data on ventilation, carbon dioxide concentrations and key indoor air pollutants m...
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Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality Glossary of Terms
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Glossary
Summary: This is an 18-page glossary of technical terms for indoor and outdoor air quality.
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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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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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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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Managing Asthma in the School Environment
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Web site
Summary: Links to 10 suggestions to manage asthma, including using the IAQ Tools for schools.
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Mapping the Air in Your School
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Experiment
Summary: The EHP Online lessons provide students lessons that are based upon actual articles. The EHP summary for this lesson is as follows "Students read the articles Beyond the Bench: Mapping the Air in Public Schools." Then students measure temperature and relative...
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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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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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Nationwide Asthma Facts
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet - List
Summary: This is a referenced list of asthma facts and statistics for the nation.
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New England Asthma Regional Council (ARC)
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: The mission of the New England Asthma Regional Council is "To reduce the impact of asthma across New England, through collaborations of health, housing, education, and environmental organizations with particular focus on the contribution of schools, homes, and...
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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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Outdoor Air Pollution
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Web site
Summary: With emphasis on asthma in children, this provides some basic information and actions to take to reduce irritations and asthma episodes.
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Paint in Schools
Summary: This fact sheet addresses some of the basic concerns related to paints in the school environments, what kids can do and suggestions for schools (and parents).
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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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Recommended Best Practices for Mold Investigations in Minnesota Schools
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Minnesota public schools are increasingly having to respond to the complexities of addressing indoor mold problems and a variety of concerns tht have been raised when such problems occur or are suspected. The goal of this document is to assist school district...
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Recommended Best Practices for Mold Remediation in Minnesota Schools
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: An important point about mold problems in Minnesota schools is that school officials are ultimately responsible for how such situations are addressed in their facilities. In this guidance document, MDH attempts to acknowledge thus automony by providing flexibl...
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Reducing Asthma Triggers in Schools: Recommendations for Effective Policies, Regulations and Legislation
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This report is a summary of recommendations for effective policies, regulations and legislation under consider or being created. The recommendations consider ventilation, maintenance, chemicals and products, design-construction-renovation, and the full recomm...
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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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School-Based Study of Complex Environment al Exposures and Related Health Effects in Children (Part A) Exposure
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Research
Summary: The objectives of this study are to (1) document complex exposure patterns involving multiple acute exposures and exposures to chemical mixtures for school children (K - 5) from two low-income, racially diverse neighborhoods in Minneapolis, (2) examine tempora...
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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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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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Toxic Tic-Tac-Toe
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Students read an article about neurotoxicants in the environment and their effects on children. Then they assess what they have learned about the health effects, standards, and sources of these neurotoxicants by playing Toxic Tic-Tac-Toe. The link to the May...
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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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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'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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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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