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START A LOCAL GROUP

  • 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 information.
  • 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.


WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Your school has an environmental problem if:
  • 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 with pesticides.

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?

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