Find National and State
Partners and Resources
Kids of All Ages
A website co-developed by Natural Resources Defense
Council and Healthy Schools Network for middle-schoolers
to help them investigate the school environment. Find
the environmental problems, compare them to your school,
and use the fact sheets to improve the environment
at your school. There is also a Parent-Teacher Room
and virtual library to help with the investigation.
Or visit www.healthyschools.org/kids
and learn how you can use your school newspaper to
report on environmental conditions.
Kids for Saving Earth
A website to help students and teachers learn about
toxics that harm children and the environment.
American Academy of Pediatrics
This medical site covers many child health issues,
as well as providing resources on education, advocacy,
research and publications.
American Association of School Administrators (AASA) - www.aasa.org/healthyschoolenvironments.aspx
AASA began its work on healthy school environments and indoor air quality in 1992 and continues to work with school districts across the nation to elevate the importance of a healthy school environment. Poor indoor air quality is a serious risk to children’s health and academic performance. To prepare schools for children, this program promotes holistic improvements to the school environment, while educating students and staff.
American Federation of Teachers
(AFT) - www.aft.org
This site contains abundant information on school
environments, including fact sheets on indoor air
quality, asbestos, and mold, as well as a "Healthy
Schools" newsletter offering guidelines to parents
and staff about environmental problems in schools,
providing the latest research and school success stories.
American Public Health Association
brings together researchers, health service providers,
administrators, teachers, and other health workers
in a unique, multidisciplinary environment of professional
exchange, study, and action. See policy on healthier
Association of Occupational
and Environmental Clinics (AOEC) - www.aoec.org
is a non-profit organization that is committed to
improving the practice of environmental and occupational
health through information sharing and collaborative
Health Specialty Units(AOEC) - www.aoec.org/PEHSU.htm
Agency for Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
are supporting a network of units linked through
the American Occupational and Environmental Clinics
to provide education and consultation for health
professionals, public health professionals and others
about the topic of children's environmental health.
Services are often initiated regionally or can be
coordinated across the network. Requests can be
directed to local PEHSUs or to the AOEC office.
Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides -
Advocacy, information, and resources on a wide range
of pesticide issues, including sample School IPM policies.
Center For Disease Control
And Prevention - WWW.CDC.GOV
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting
the health and safety of people - at home and abroad,
providing credible information to enhance health decisions,
and promoting health through strong partnerships.
Look for links to specific diseases, environmental
health, and occupational health.
CDC/Agency for Toxic Substances
and Disease Registry - ATSDR
has placed special emphasis on children in conducting
its health studies and other activities. The agency
has conducted or funded large studies to assess
whether the infants of mothers who live near hazardous
waste sites are at higher risk for various birth
defects or other adverse health outcomes (e.g.,
small for gestational age). Some of these studies
found an increased risk for neural tube defects.
Several studies also showed an increased risk for
musculoskeletal and heart defects. ATSDR is using
geographic information systems (GIS), a spatial
analysis approach, to estimate the number and sociodemographic
characteristics of public and private elementary
and secondary schools located on or near the approximately
1,550 National Priorities List (NPL) or Superfund
hazardous waste sites in the United States.
CDC/Division for Adolescent
and School Health - Healthy
CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH)
seeks to prevent the most serious health risk behaviors
among children, adolescents and young adults. To
accomplish this mission DASH implements four strategies-identify;
synthesize and apply research; enable constituents;
and evaluate. DASH funds state agencies and national
organizations to develop and administer selected
school health programs.
CDC/National Center for
Environmental Health - CDC's
National Center for Environmental Health strives
to promote health and quality of life by preventing
or controlling those diseases or deaths that result
from interactions between people and their environment.
of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) -
Safety Checklist Program for Schools
Administrators, coordinators, and teachers know
that their schools should comply with Federal or
State Occupational Safety and Health Administration
regulations.... This Safety Checklist Program can
bring schools into compliance.... In
one easy-to-read source, the Safety Checklist Program
provides information needed by schools to maintain
safe classrooms, shops, and labs for teachers and
students in career-technical education. HSN note:
NIOSH does not protect children/students, but may
afford some protection for adult employees.
Children's Environmental Health
Network (CEHN) - www.cehn.org
This site provides much useful material on children's
health including national reports on policy and research
issues, educational programs, publications, and other
for High Performance Schools (CHPS) - www.chps.net
provides resources in many cases, free resources
to schools, school districts and professionals
about all aspects of high performance school design,
construction and operation. CHPS develops tools that
help make schools energy, water and material efficient,
well-lit, thermally comfortable, acoustically sound,
safe, healthy and easy to operate. These resources
include a well-respected six-volume best practices
manual, training and conferences, a high performance
building rating and recognition program and other
tools for creating healthy, green schools.
Environmental Health News -
Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) - - www.epa.gov/
Healthy School Environments - www.epa.gov/schools/
EPA Children's Health Protection - yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpweb.nsf/content/homepage.htm
EPA Healthy SEAT- www.epa.gov/schools/healthyseat/
EPA Tools for Schools Program - www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/
EPA Indoor Air Quality- http://www.epa.gov/iaq/
Espanol - http://www.epa.gov/iaq/espanol.html
EPA School Chemical Cleanout Campaign- http://www.epa.gov/SC3/
Provides the latest information on children's health
and environmental hazards, including research, publications,
health programs, news items, and links to over 50
other organizations. Go to Children, IAQ, Asthma,
Molds, Radon, or Schools for more detailed information.
Healthy Child Healthy World
HEALTHY CHILD HEALTHY WORLD is the national leader
protecting children's health and well-being from harmful
environmental exposures through education and prevention
strategies. Healthy Child educates parents, supports
protective policies, and engages communities to make
wise choices and responsible decisions to create healthy
environments where children and families can flourish.
Healthy Kids: The Key to Basics
Provides information designed to promote health and
educational equity for students with asthma and other
chronic health conditions.
Institute for Childrens
Environmental Health Learning and Developmental
Disabilities Initiative - www.iceh.org/LDDImembers.html
- An educational organization working to ensure a
healthy, just and sustainable future for children
and the planet. The primary mission of ICEH is to
foster collaborative initiatives to mitigate environmental
exposures that can undermine the health of current
and future generations.
Institute for Health and Environment
Promotes interdisciplinary research among faculty
of the University at Albany and other local academic
and research institutions who have interest in the
broad area of environmental science, ecology, environmental
policy, environmental health, environmental law, geographic
information systems, hazardous waste management, occupational
health, risk assessment, management and communication,
urban environmental health and the social and psychological
aspects of environmental pollution in regard to human
National Clearinghouse for
Educational Facilities - www.ncef.org
and click on "healthy school environments"
for the most current resources. A service sponsored
by the US Department of Education that provides information
on planning, designing, funding, and maintaining schools.
National Education Association
(NEA) - www.nea.org
This site provides the latest information on issues
pertaining to public education and children, from
classroom sizes to environmental conditions, focusing
on issues such as how the conditions of schools affect
teaching and learning. Ask your state NEA office about
NEA's grassroots Healthy Schools Caucus.
Health Information Network (HIN)- http://www.neahin.org/
of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) -
The federal NIEHS, part of the National Institutes
of Health, achieves its mission through multidisciplinary
biomedical research programs, prevention and intervention
efforts, and communication strategies that encompass
training, education, technology transfer, and community
outreach. Provides fact sheets and pamphlets on environmental
hazards, such as lead and air quality, and illnesses,
such as asthma, facing children in schools. Includes
scientific research and studies on children's health,
as well as the latest news and events.
Natural Resources Defense
Council (NRDC) -
uses law, science, and the support of members nationwide
to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and
to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living
things, safeguarding the Earth: its people, its plants
and animals and the natural systems on which all life
Office of Safe and Drug Free
Schools, US Department of Education - www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osdfs/index.html
Pesticide Database of the
Pesticide Action Network www.pesticideinfo.org
Includes current toxicity and regulatory information
for about 5,400 pesticide active ingredients and their
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Includes "Healthy Children - Toxic Environments"
report. Provides abundant information and resources
on school environments and its effects on children's
health, emphasizing children's vulnerability to environmental
threats, results from exposures, and roles of other
agencies and organizations.
US Department of Education,
Office of Civil Rights -
Provides information on civil and educational rights
of children and adults with disabilities, which can
include health impairments such as Asthma, Diabetes,
Epilepsy, Chemical Sensitivities, and other disorders.
State-Based Healthy Schools Advocates
Green Schools Initiative -
www.greenschools.net The Green Schools Initiative
works to catalyze and support "green"
actions by kids, teachers, parents, and policymakers
to eliminate toxics, use sustainable resources,
create green spaces and buildings, serve healthy
food, and teach stewardship.
Foundation for Environmentally Safe Schools
In July 2002, a group of concerned citizens,
parents, educators environmentalists and health
professionals from across Connecticut formed a grassroots
organization called "The Canary Committee".
They referred to themselves as the "The Canary
Committee" because their core members had suffered
from the debilitating health effects caused by sick
schools. Among their ranks were parents of sick
children whose illness had been directly linked
to environmental conditions in their schools. The
Canary Committee was founded on the belief that
far too often the discovery and remediation of indoor
pollution was not occurring until after the health
of school occupants was already harmed.
Schools Campaign www.healthyschoolscampaign.org
The Illinois Healthy Schools Campaign is a not-for
profit organization with over 90 endorsing organizations
whose mission is to advocate for policies and model
programs that allow students and staff members to
learn and work in a healthy school environment.
Programs in food quality, green cleaning, air quality,
Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health- and
the Massachusetts HEALTHY SCHOOLS NETWORK c/o
Serving eastern and central Massachusetts and dedicated
to improving health and safety conditions in the
workplace through technical assistance, training
New Hampshire Partners for Healthy
(NHPHS) have established the NH Healthy School Environments
program to help school districts improve their indoor
and outdoor environments and the health of their
students and staff.
Partnership for High Performance Schools (NHPHPS)
-- Environment. Health. Economics. www.nhphps.org/
whose mission is to maximize the number of high
performance schools built in New Hampshire over
the next decade and is inspired by the success of
other states and communities; provides direct support
to communities involved in planning, renovating,
expanding or upgrading school facilities.
Work Environment Council/Healthy Schools Program
WEC is one of the few non-governmental organizations
in New Jersey addressing health and safety hazards
of schools, and the only organization working with
school employees to prevent hazards associated with
renovation and construction work. Poor indoor air
quality, asbestos, dust and pests are some of the
hazards that can harm the health of school occupants.
New York City
and State - see below
Council at http://www.oeconline.org/
Schools Roundtable Report (June
State Healthy Schools Roundtable Report (September
New York Partners and Resources
Advocates for Children of
New York, Inc. - www.advocatesforchildren.org
a supplementary website designed for New York City
parents and others interested in public schools; profiles
on schools, letter writing tools.
American Academy of Pediatrics
District II- http://www.aapdistrictii.org/
Provides members with the best tools, skills and knowledge
to remain the best qualified health professionals
in the field.
Civil Service Employees Association
Workers who join together for solidarity and share
a common goal; to negotiate with employers from a
position of strength. This site provides career resources,
member benefits, contract administration, legislative
up-dates and health and safety advocacy.
Clean NY - http://www.clean-ny.org/
The Council of School Supervisors
and Administrators- http://www.csa-nyc.org/
Environmental Advocates of
New York - http://www.eany.org/
Provides important information on current legislative
priorities and environmental bills, including a monthly
newsletter covering government initiatives, campaigns,
environmental reports, and health topics, such as
pesticide use in NYS.
For a Better Bronx
Learning Disabilities Association of New York State
- http://www.ldanys.org/ Non-profit organization that
f promotes the education and general welfare of individuals
with learning disabilities.
New York Committee for Occupational
Safety and Health (NYCOSH) - www.nycosh.org
Focuses on the public's right for a safe and healthy
workplace, providing material on asbestos, indoor
air pollution, and potential illnesses. Includes a
resource center, and a technical assistance hotline
to address questions.
New York League
of Conservation Voters- http://www.nylcv.org/
NY LCV works to ensure environmental protection is
a top priority among all elected officials.
New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation -
New York State has adopted a statewide schools and
neighbor prior notification of pesticide use, indoors
and out of doors for public and private schools, and
outdoors for residential neighbors.
New York State Department
of Health - Center for Environmental Health
New York State New York State
Congress of Parents and Teachers (PTA) - http://www.nyspta.org/
New York State United Teachers
Dedicated to improving not only working conditions,
but also professions; united in a common commitment
to improve the quality of education and healthcare
for the people of New York. This site provides current
education legislation, effective teaching programs,
nurse and health professional news, and health and
safety research center.
Sallan Foundation -
This organization works to advance information about
United Federation of Teachers-
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
West Harlem Environmental
education, advocacy and programs to improve environmental
protection, safeguard public health and secure environmental
justice in communities of color.
Wellness in the School -
is a grassroots organization that promotes children's
environmental health, nutrition and fitness within
the New York City public schools.