START A LOCAL
- If your school will not appoint a healthy schools
group, start your own.
- As a group, pick the issues you want to work on.
Your mission: every child and school employee should
have an environmentally safe school.
- Ask others to join. Investigate together and share
- Write letters, keep copies, and track responses.
See change happen.
- Celebrate. Say thank you!
Common starting issues:
Eliminating toxic products; stop bus idling; improve
indoor air quality; reduce dampness and stop mold
growth in the school.
START A STATE GROUP
- See our Internet Resources for examples.
- National Healthy School Training Binder: developed
in 2002-2003 in cooperation with over a dozen national
and state partners to help non-profits work effectively
on school environmental health issues.
Your school has an environmental problem if:
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
- the roof leaks.
- the building is new or newly renovated and still
smells like paint, varnish, or glue.
- the building smells damp or musty.
- your child has health or learning problems ONLY
during the school day.
- the building and grounds are routinely treated
WHAT TO ASK YOUR SCHOOL
- Do you prevent pests without the use of chemicals?
- How do you promote good indoor air quality?
- Do you tell parents and employees in advance of hazards, such
as renovation or pesticide application?
- How do you respond to complaints?
- Are the heating, lighting, ventilation, windows, doors, and
buses energy efficient?