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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 - 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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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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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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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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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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