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30 Priority Chemicals
Type: Checklist
Summary: EPA's National Waste Minimization Partnership Program focuses on reducing or eliminating the generation of hazardous waste containing any of 30 Waste Minimization Priority Chemicals. These chemicals are found in hazardous waste and are documented contaminants...
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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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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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Art Safety Training Guide
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: List - Manual/Handbook - Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) - Web site
Summary: This training guide provides basic information for working safely with chemicals and operations in Visual Arts. The guide is intended to supplement, but not replace, the safety orientation for faculty and students in Visual Arts. Included are chapters on pho...
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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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Artist Beware: The Hazards In Working With All Art And Craft Materials And The Precautions Every Artist And Photographer Should Take
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary:

Non-fiction, reference

Authors, McCann, Michael, PhD, CIH

ISBN 1-59228-592-9

Dr. McCann presents a comprehensive manual on the hards of working with all art and craft materials and the precautions every artist and craftsperso...

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Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Materials - Manual/Handbook
Summary:

Non-fiction, reference

AuthorsRossol, Monona.

ISBN 1581152043

Monona Rossol provides a comprehenshive guidebook on raw materials used by artists, their reglations, associated risks, and precautions for individual media incud...

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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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Buy Green Power
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Included in this partnershp is the Guide to Purchasing Green Power. The Web site offers steps to green power purchasing, the types of green power products, considerations, purchasing scope, procurement methods and green power locators.
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Buyer's Choice
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5 and can be used in social science and math. Students will assess the factors that affect purchases and recognize that a number of economic factors affect consumer choices and that some factors are enviornmental in nature...
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Case of the Broken Loop
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This mystery (detective) activity from US EPA helps guide learners to recognize ways to reduce waste and conserve resources. Life cycles are introduced and the Garbage Gremlin breaks the loop by tossing out trash instead or recycling or reusing.
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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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Choose to Reuse: An Encyclopedia of Services, Products, Programs & Charitable Organizations that Foster Reuse
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Recycled Products
Summary: Non-fiction

AuthorsNikki and David Goldbeck

ISBN09606138-6-2

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

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Clean 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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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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Consume This, Buying That Matters
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: Sustainable consumption means that we can continue to use or consume goods and services over time, without depleting the natural resources needed to produce these things. It is about making smart choices that meet consumer needs in less material and pollution...
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Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, A
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Materials - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Non-Fiction, Reference

Authors, Ruth Winter, M.S.

ISBN 1-4000-5233-5

This author identifies cosmetic ingredients (direct and indirect) that are found in most cosmetics and cosmeceuticals, both the harmful and desirable incredie...

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Cost of Cool Video, The
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: The Cost of Cool is a video that addresses teen consumer habits and environmental costs. This video explores everyday items and tracks the effect of their purchase through the life cycle of the product. The video is priced at $95 (July 2004).

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Cradle to Cradle, Remaking the Way We Make Things
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: NonFiction

Authors, William McDonough and Michael Braungart

ISBN 0865475873 April 22, 2002

These authors examine the way things are produced and recycled and how humans consume. They want to eliminate waste altogether yet preserve...

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Detoxify Your Studio
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - List
Summary: First hand, practical tips for detoxifying the art studio are provided by a practicing artist. These tips provide good advice for art teachers.
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Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Web site
Summary: This portal helps guide consumers through the process of determing EPP product and service information.
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Garbage
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Garbage is a video available from A&E, a production from the History Channel. "Time was, folks just dumped garbage wherever they wanted--buried it in their backyards or threw it in the ocean. In the age of recycling and dwindling resources, these low-tech dis...
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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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Good Stuff: A behind the Scenes Look at the Things We Buy
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: Categories include appliances, cars, fast food, healthy care, meat (might not want to look at this), soap and more. PDFs are provided along with valuable background information.
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Good Stuff? A Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Things We Buy
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Web site
Summary: Have you ever wondered where chocolate comes from, if antibacterial soap is good for your family, or how to recycle an old computer? If you've had these or other questions about the environmental and social impacts of the products you buy and use, Good Stuff i...
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Got Your Driver's License?
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Now that you have your driver's license, you have a big responsibility--not only for safely operating your car, but also for protecting the environment. This brochure is developed for teens to help them understand the need to recycle their used motor oil.
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Green Advertising Claims
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This 6-page brochure contains information about specific terms used to describe products, incuding "environmentally friendly," "biodegradable," and "ozone friendly"
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Green Clean: The Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning Your Home
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Green Clean: The Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning Your Home Nonfiction

AuthorsLinda Mason Hunter and Mikki Halpin

ISBN 1595910042 There is a revolution going on in America-a green revolution. The latest front is the ho...

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Green Cleaning: How to Select and Use Safe Janitorial Chemicals
Type: Article/Report - Checklist
Summary: This 14-page pdf provides a guideline for selecting and using janitoral supplies. Included are tables on risks associated with common cleaners (all-purpose, metal, restroom and toilet, and glass cleaners), information on locating preferable products and using...
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Green Halloween
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This 2-page pdf provides suggestions for having an environmentally friendly Halloween.
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Green Seal Products Standards and Certifications
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - List - Web site
Summary: "The Green Seal is awarded to products that have less impact on the environment and work well. . To earn the Green Seal a product must meet the Green Seal environmental standard for the category as demonstrated by rigorous evaluation and testing and a plant vi...
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Greening the Government, Executive Order 13101
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Description of EO 13010 that states requirements for greening the government through waste prevention, recycling, and federal acquisition. Definitions for the purpose of this order are provided.
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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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Household Products Database
Type: Database - Fact sheet - Glossary - Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
Summary: The National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Household Products Database has been updated and now includes 6000 brand name products. The Household Products Database is a consumer's guide that provides information on the potential health effects of chemicals contai...
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Household Products Database
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Database - Web site
Summary: Searchable database of products, ingredients, and material safety data sheets for auto products, inside the home, pesticides, landscape/yard, personal care/use, home maintenance, arts & crafts and pet care.
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How Many Minerals and Metals Does it Take to Make a Light Bulb
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: This "fact sheet" demonstrates the resources that go into creating something as simple as a lightbulb.It is accompanied by lessons.
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I Buy Different
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Web site
Summary: This is part of the Be, Live, Buy Different--Make a Difference Campaign through the World Wildlife Fund and the Center for a New American Dream. It teachers young pele how to make a difference by buying differently. This is appropriately designed and develope...
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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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Is Organic Food Worth the Extra Cost?
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials
Summary: Students calculate the amount of pesticide residue in selected foods for two pesticides and determine if these levels are safe. Then they read an article about a research study looking for metabolites of these pesticides in children. Finally, they use this i...
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Law Requires Review and Labeling of Art Materials Including Children's Art and Drawing Products
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials
Summary: In 1988 a law was signed by the President that required labeling of hazardous art materials. This article describes the content of the law.
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Let's Go Green Shopping
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Materials
Summary: This 12-page pdf is downloadable or can be ordered as part of the "Make a Difference Middle School Kithttp://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/education/ordermad-ms.htm
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Life Cycle of a CD or DVD
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Materials - Language Options
Summary: View the life cycle of a CD or DVD -- from obtaining raw materials through manufacture, packaging, distribution, useful life, and disposal. Learn what life cycle management is and why it is important. Discover some crafts and other ways to reuse CDs and DVDs....
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Life Cycle of a Cell Phone, The
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Materials - Language Options
Summary: View the life cycle of a cell phone -- from obtaining raw materials through manufacture, packaging, distribution, useful life, and disposal. Learn what life cycle management is and why it is important. Find suggestions of ways to reuse or recycle your phone an...
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Life Cycle of a Soccer Ball
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet
Summary: Life Cycle Analysis of the products will consumers understand the impact of the product and their purchases on the environment, not only as it is manufactured, but as it is used and ultimately disposed of. As with any product, making a soccer ball uses natura...
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Mercury in consumer goods and the waste stream
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Ohio DNR provides a list of household items that may contain mercury.
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Mercury in Your Community and the Environment (A Wisconsin Curriculum)
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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NAPCOR
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Recycled Products - Web site
Summary: NAPCOR's mission is to facilitate PET plastic recycling and promote the usage of PET packaging. The number of new PET plastic containers on the market is increasing every year and so is the number of communities across America that are recycling PET bottles in...
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Needs and Wants (Grades 4-5)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5. Students will recognize the impace of humans on natural systems; make predictions about the impace of certain behaviors and how personal or cultural perspectives affect these behaviors; assess factors that affect consum...
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Needs and Wants (Grades K-3)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3 and can be used in Social Science and English. Students will be able to discriminate between wants and needs, quantiy and quality, necessities and luxuries; evaluate their own motives for buying things; think about the l...
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Pittsburg Paint's MSDS
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Language Options - List - Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
Summary: If you have a product number you can locate the MSDS for your paint, primer or stain from Pittsburg Paint.
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Plastic Lumber Ratings
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: As wise consumers attempting to be environmentally friendly we are often caught wondering about certain products. Once again consumer advocacy groups come through with some resources to help with decision making. Criteria includes composition and recycled co...
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Poisoned By Painting: The problem of toxic art-supplies
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: The bloody noses in the morning, the dizziness, nausea and headaches it all finally got to me. I didn't realize it at the time, but I was poisoning myself with oil-based paint.This article is a personal account of problems associated with using toxic materials...
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Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools, The
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: The five steps include switching to green cleaning products, introducing green equipment and supplies, adopting green cleaning procedures, using green paper and plastic products, and sharing the responsibility. Instruction for implementation and guidance for...
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Recycle Lifecycle
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3. Students will define the word recycle, learn to recognize the universal symbols for recycling and be aware that recycling an alternative to disposal. A Plastics Coding Chart is included.
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Recycled Products
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Recycled Products - Web site
Summary: This company has a large variety of recycled products that carry your logo or used every day in the classroom and/or office. Not necessarily appropriate for the office, however, intriguing is their recycled PET rope hammock that is manufactured from plastic b...
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Reduce your child's exposure to chemicals
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report
Summary: In addition to largely unknown chronic effects, many chemicals in common household products pose immediate danger if accidentally ingested. For those reasons, consumers should read labels carefully and choose products that appear to pose the lowest risk. It's...
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Sourcebook for Green and Sustainable Building, A
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Database - Fact sheet - List - Web site
Summary: This sourcebook covers energy, water, building materials,and solid waste. Not only are their resources for environmentally friendly places to purchase the materials, but implementation issues are covered, guidelines, and installation. The sources are national,...
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Steel Takes LEED with Recycled Content
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - Recycled Products - Web site
Summary: The Steel Recycling Institute (SRI) is an industry association that promotes and sustains the recycling of all steel products. The SRI educates the solid waste industry, government, business and ultimately the consumer about the benefits of steel's infinite re...
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Stuff Curriculum and Resource Guide
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Glossary
Summary: This curriculum packaged complements the book Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things. As an approach to science, social studies and environmental education, this material has a simple premise, that young people are curious about their world. Stuff...
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Stuff The Secret Lives of Everyday Things
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author, John C. Ryan and Alan Thein Durning

ISBN 1-886093-04-0

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

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Suppliers of Non-lead Fishing Tackle
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: List
Summary: This is a PDF of non-lead fishing tackle suppliers.
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SWANCC
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Recycled Products - School Projects - Web site
Summary: SWANCC provides programs, educational resources, household hazardous waste recycling information on their website. This is information directly applicable to residents of Northern Cook County, but also valuable as an information resource for other parts on Il...
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Talking Trash Solid Wastes
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: Using the principles of Green Chemistry, this experiment analyzes the trends in the generation and reclamation of solid wastes within the United States over time and it evaluates reasons for making wastes.
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The Story of Stuff
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. Inc...
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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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There is No Away (Grades 4-5)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Designed for grades 4-5, this lesson will help students recognize that there is no "away" in "throw it away"; identify the destination of the waste they generate at home and at school; identify the negative aspects of dumping or burning trash; learn the "solid...
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Think Twice
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Think Twice is a video that was created with an actual high school classroom that questions cunsumption habits of high school students. It follows two teens through a typical day. The video cost (July 2004) is $59.95.

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

Author,Robert Lilienfeld

AIN 449001687

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

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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 That Stuff
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: What is really in items that we use every day. A collection of articles from Chemical Engineering News magazines provides insight on a variety of products including kitty litter, Jell-o, erasers, sunscreens, fireworks, and much more.
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Where is Away?
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3. Students will recognize that there is no "away" in "throw it away", identify the destination of the waste they generate at home and at school, identify the negative aspects of dumping or burning trash, and learn the "so...
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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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