Children's Health Protection
Healthy School Environment Publications
EPA documents related to healthy school environments are available free-of-charge by downloading or ordering them from EPA. Choose from the categories below to see related publications. Use the publication numbers given to order them from EPA.
- Healthy High Performance Schools
- Chemical Management
- Lead in Drinking Water
- Indoor Air Quality
- Outdoor Air Quality
- Sun Safety on the Playground
- Order Publications from EPA
This unique free software tool helps school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety, and health issues. It is designed to be customized and used by district-level staff to conduct completely voluntary self-assessments of their school (and other) facilities and to track and manage information on environmental conditions school by school.
- “HealthySEAT Fact Sheet” EPA -402-F-05-023
- “HealthySEAT Flyer” EPA -402-F-05-022
- Download at: www.epa.gov/schools/healthyseat/downloads1.html
EPA’s ENERGY STAR program provides schools with guidelines for energy management based on the practices of leading energy saving organizations that will lower operating costs and improve student and staff comfort.
- “Leading School Districts Tap the Power of Superior Energy Management” EPA 430-F-04-029
- Download at: www.energystar.gov/ia/business/k12_schools/factsheet_0804.pdf (PDF) (2 pp, 332K)
The Schools Chemical Cleanout and Prevention Campaign (SC3) seeks to address the costly accidents, chemical spills, and fires that occur in schools by not only cleaning out excess, legacy, unused, and improperly stored chemicals but also by going a step further and implementing preventive mechanisms in schools.
- “Chemicals in Schools: Partner for Healthy School Environments” EPA 530-F-05-016
- “Chemicals in Schools: Solutions for Healthy School Environments” EPA 530-F-05-012
- Download at: www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/conserve/clusters/schools/resources.htm
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a safer and often less costly option for effective pest management in the school community. A school IPM program employs commonsense strategies to reduce sources of food, water, and shelter for pests in school buildings and grounds.
- “Protecting Children in Schools from Pests and Pesticides” EPA-735-F-02-014
- “Integrated Pest Management for Schools: A How to Manual” (PDF)
- Download at www.epa.gov/pesticides/ipm/
- “3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools: Introduction” EPA 816-B-05-009
- “3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools: Revised Technical Guidance” EPA 816-B-05-008
- “3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Child Care Facilities: Revised Guidance” EPA 816-R-05-009
- “Lead and Copper Rule: A Quick Reference Guide for Schools and Child Care Facilities that Are Regulated Under the Safe Drinking Water Act” EPA 816-F-05-030
- Download at www.epa.gov/safewater/schools/guidance.html#3ts
- “Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality in Schools,” download at: www.energystar.gov/ia/business/k12_schools/Ee&iaq.pdf (PDF) (5 pp, 469K)
- “IAQ Tools for Schools” Kit EPA
This web-based resource
contains recommendations and tools to help communities and design professionals
integrate good indoor air quality practices into the design, construction,
renovation, and operation and maintenance of K-12 school facilities.
- “IAQ Tools for Schools - Actions to Improve IAQ” EPA 402-F-05-016
- “IAQ Tools for Schools Case Studies” EPA 402-F-00-010A, B & C
- “Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Communications Guide” EPA 402-K-02-008
- “Benefits of Improving Air Quality in the Indoor Environment” EPA-402-K-02-005
- “Managing Asthma in the School Environment” EPA 402-K-05-002
- “Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings” EPA 402-K-01-001
- Download at: www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/pubs.html
Clean School Bus USA brings together partners from business, education, transportation, and public health organizations to: encourage policies and practices to eliminate unnecessary public school bus idling; upgrading buses with better emission control technologies and/or fueling them with cleaner fuels; and replacing the oldest buses with new, less polluting buses.
- “Tomorrow’s Buses, Today’s Children”, EPA 420-F-03-039
- “Reducing Idling = Clean Air”– A classroom poster to be published fall 2006 EPA-420-H-06-001
- Download at http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/publications.htm#schoolbus
The SunWise Program aims to teach the public how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun through the use of classroom-, school-, and community-based components.
- “The SunWise Program” Tool Kit EPA 430-K-05-006
- “The SunWise Program Guide” EPA 430-K-03-002
- Download at www.epa.gov/sunwise/tools.html or www.epa.gov/sunwise/publications.html
www.epa.gov/ncepihom/) Web site. Your publication requests can also be mailed, called or faxed directly to:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
National Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP)
P.O. Box 42419
Cincinnati, OH 42419
(513) 489-8695 (fax)
Please use the EPA Document Number when ordering from NSCEP.