WHAT TO THINK ABOUT

Your school has environmental problems 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.


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 COALITION

  • Ask us about the 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.


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