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Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments Webinar Series


Contact: Gretchen Stewart
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Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments

This easy-to-use booklet focuses on affordable, sensible ways to address some of the most common environmental health concerns found in schools—including asbestos, indoor air, laboratory chemicals, and radon.

This webinar series will outline sensible, low- or no-cost steps that school communities can take to create healthier environments in their buildings. Each webinar will feature school district personnel from across the country presenting their real-life examples and solutions.

Who should attend?

Facility managersSchool nurses
Custodial staffTeachers
District administratorsSupport staff
PrincipalsSchool Board members


Date/TimeTopicWhat you will learn
May 21, 2013#1: School Environmental Health Assessment and Team Building
  • How to conduct a Sensible Steps Quick Assessment to complete a school environmental health "check up"
  • Low- or no-cost steps other schools have taken to address common school environmental health issues
  • Strategies you can use to create awareness and build effective teams
June 18, 2013#2: The Role of Indoor Air Quality in Creating Healthy Learning Environments
  • New information about indoor air quality and related health issues in schools
  • Cost-effective steps you can take to help ensure good ventilation, reduce airborne allergens, and prevent exposure to harmful indoor air pollutants
July 23, 2013#3: Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Protecting Kids from Pests and Pesticides
  • Learn the two most important features of an effective IPM program
  • Hear about cost-effective steps you can take to manage pests, reduce pesticide use, and enhance environmental health in and around your schools
August 20, 2013#4: Current Issues in Chemical Management: Best Practices for Schools and Districts
  • Get up-to-date information about best chemical management practices
  • Learn how chemical management policies apply to art, science, and other chemicals commonly used in facility management
  • Discover how to reduce risks to students and staff
September 25, 2013#5: Cleaning and Maintenance: Creating Healthier School Environments
  • Get up to date on the most current developments in school cleaning
  • Learn about steps other schools have taken to assess and improve their cleaning and maintenance practices
October 22, 2013#6: Sensible Steps for Energy Efficiency and Waste Reduction in Schools
  • Discuss Energy Star Portfolio Manager and its use in evaluating school energy efficiency
  • Discover solutions schools have used to improve their energy efficiency, reduce waste and realize operational savings
November 19, 2013#7: Sensible Steps for Mold and Moisture Control in Schools
  • Get current information about the health effects of mold
  • Learn ways to prevent moisture and condensation problems
  • Get the most up-to-date information about mold removal
December 17, 2013#8: Renovate Right: EPA's Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule
  • Learn about the health effects of lead on children
  • Learn how the RRP Rule applies to K-12 schools
  • Discover ways that school and early learning professionals can protect their students from lead poisoning
January 22, 2014#9: Sensible Steps for Prevention of and Response to Mercury Spills in Schools
  • How to identify and eliminate sources of mercury in your school.
  • What safer alternatives are available?
  • What student education materials are available on the “Don’t Mess with Mercury” website?
  • Step-by-step what to do if mercury spills at school. How and what to communicate after a spill.
  • “Lessons learned” from a school official about a mercury spill in her school district
February 18, 2014
12:00 PM (PST)
#10: Sensible Steps for Addressing PCBs in Schools

Register for the February 18th webinar
  • Learn about EPA’s most current guidance related to PCBs in schools
  • Steps you can take to assess your school or district’s status where PCBs are concerned
  • How and where to get assistance in understanding and evaluating this environmental health issue in your district or school
Download presentations from past webinars on EPA's file sharing site

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