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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 Publications

HealthySEAT: Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool
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. Leading School Districts Tap the Power of Superior Energy Management
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.

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Chemical Management

Schools Chemical Cleanout and Prevention Campaign (SC3)
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. Integrated Pest Management
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/

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Lead in Drinking Water

EPA developed the 3Ts (Training, Testing, and Telling) to help schools implement simple strategies for managing the health risks of lead in schools and drinking water. The 3Ts Guidance and Tool kit provides supplemental materials, such as templates, to assist schools and child care facilities in their efforts to develop programs and policies to reduce lead levels in drinking water.
  • “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

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Indoor Air Quality

  • “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 402-K-05-001. 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

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Outdoor Air Quality

Clean School Bus USA
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.

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Sun Safety on the Playground

The SunWise Program
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.

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Order Publications from EPA

You can order these publications directly from EPA's National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP) (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
1-800-490-9198
(513) 489-8695 (fax)

Please use the EPA Document Number when ordering from NSCEP.

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