Legislation and Regulation
Currently, most state and federal regulations are based on adults and only within the last few years have new Federal and state laws been passed to take into account the fact that children are more sensitive than adults to environmental contaminants. The National Conference of State Legislators' Children's Environmental Health Legislation database includes state legislation on topics such as asthma, mercury, lead poisoning, pesticides, mold and indoor air quality. Other sites have legislative information related to such school-specific topics as recycling, environmentally preferred purchasing, facility design and construction, and diesel bus emissions.
Featured Legislation and Regulation Resources:
EPA School Siting Guidelines
EPA's voluntary school siting guidelines can help local school districts (local education agencies or LEAs) and community members evaluate environmental factors to make the best possible school siting decisions. This website includes an overview for the guidelines, as well as links to resources and additional information.
Source: EPA - Office of Children's Health Protection
Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEAT)
HealthySEAT is a new software tool from EPA designed to help school districts conduct voluntary, customized self-assessments of their school facilities for environmental, health, and safety hazards.
Source: EPA - Office of Air and Radiation - Indoor Environments Division
Indoor Air Quality Design Tools for Schools
Indoor air quality is a critically important aspect of creating and maintaining healthy school facilities. IAQ Design Tools for Schools will help school districts find the information resources they need to design, construct and renovate school facilities that will support the schools core mission of educating children.
Source: EPA - Office of Air and Radiation - Indoor Environments Division
Lead in Paint, Dust, and Soil
This page provides information on hazards associated with lead, training, brochures, and links to regional sources.
Source: EPA - National Lead Information Center
PCBs in Building Caulk
In recent years, EPA has learned that caulk containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) was used in some buildings, including schools, in the 1950s through the 1970s. Buildings built after 1980 are less likely to contain caulk that contains PCBs.
Caulk is a flexible material used to seal gaps to make windows, masonry and joints in buildings and other structures watertight or airtight. EPA does not have information on the extent of the use of PCB-containing caulk or whether it was primarily used in certain geographic areas. To date it has been found in buildings in the northeastern United States and in joints in concrete water storage basins in the western United States.
Source: EPA - Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
Thomas - Legislative Information on the Internet
The Library of Congress provides this Web site that includes legislation, Congressional Record and Committee information.
Source: Library of Congress
Energy Star Assesment of Building Performance
The assesment of a school's building peformance is a rating system that is used by EPA's national energy performance rating system to see if a school (K-12) may be eligible for ENERGY STAR.
Source: EPA - Energy Star
NCEF- Healthy School Environments Resource List
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities resource list of links, books, and journal articles on environmentally safe and healthy school buildings.
Source: National Institute of Building Sciences - National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
National Compliance Assistance Clearinghouse
The National Compliance Assistance Clearinghouse is your guide to compliance information on the Internet. It provides quick access to compliance tools, contacts, and planned activities from across EPA as well as other compliance assistance providers.
Source: EPA - National Compliance Assistance Clearninghouse
Chromated Copper Arsenate and It's Use as a Wood Preservative
Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) is a chemical mixture consisting of three pesticidal compounds (arsenic, chromium, and copper) registered for wood preservative uses. EPA is currently reassessing CCA as part of its ongoing reregistration program for older pesticides. Federal law directs EPA to periodically reevaluate older pesticides to ensure that they continue to meet current safety standards.
Source: EPA - Office of Pesticide Programs
EPA Guide to Protecting Children's Health in Schools
Software tool developed by EPA Region 5 and Purdue University provides information on hazards found in schools, inlcuding a virtual tour of a school, the potential effects of those hazards on children's health, planning tools, case studies, and lnks to resources to help schools prevent and fix environmental problems.
Source: EPA Region 5 & Purdue University
Green Clean Schools
Healthy Schools Campaign has published the first-ever multimedia how-to guide to help schools adopt cleaning programs that encourage the use of green products, equipment and practices in schools.
Source: Healthy Schools Campaign
Indiana - IDEM E-Newsletter for Indiana Educators
This newletter provides information on a range of environmental topics which schools must address.
Source: Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Massachusetts Children's Protection Act of 2000
The law "An Act to Protect Children and Families From Harmful Pesticides" is implemented by the MA Department of Food and Agriculture. This law requires schools, daycare center and school age child care programs to develop an IPM plan, requires parental notification re: pesticide application, and restricts pesticide applications both indoors and outdoors.
Source: Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture
EPA New England's K-12 Schools Website
This site discusses efforts to improve coordination and integration amongst EPA's many schools related programs, and provides links to Regional topic specific web sites, such as: asbestos, diesel school buses, drinking water, environmental management systems, energy, indoor air quality, lead, mercury and teacher and student resources. Links to national websites are provided as well.
Source: EPA Region 1
EPA New England Asbestos Enforcement Program
This web site provides basic information about the various environmental regulations governing asbestos in schools (AHERA, ASHARA and NESHAP).
Source: EPA Region 1
Florida Department of Education (DoEd) Safety and Environment Information
Florida DoEd's Bureau of Educational Facilities provides basic technical support for facilities on the responsibilities and concerns of public school boards and community colleges throughout Florida. This website includes links to expert staff personnel and a variety of schools-oriented publications, codes, guidelines and resources.
Source: Florida Department of Education - Office of Chief Financial Officer/Division of Support Services/Bureau of Educational Facilities
Inventory of Federal School Environmental Health Activities
This inventory was prepared by the Schools Workgroup of the President's Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children and includes descriptions of major school related programs and activities of EPA and other Federal departments and Agencies.
Source: EPA -- President's Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children
Minnesota -- IPM in Minnesota Schools
Contains a variety of resources on pest management in K-12 schools.
Source: Minnesota Department of Agriculture
New York State Guidelines for Green Cleaning Products
Guidelines and specifications for the procurement and use of environmentally sensitive cleaning and maintenance products for all public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools in New York State.
Source: New York State Office of General Services - Environmental Services Unit
Science and Safety: Making the Connection
Guide for science teachers on laboratory safety issues.
Source: Council of State Science Supervisors
California Diesel Programs
Information about three diesel programs: California's Diesel Risk Reduction Program, Diesel Fuel Program, and Mobile Source Programs Related to Diesel Engines.
Source: California Environmental Protection Agency - California Air Resource Board
California Indoor Air Quality Infosheets and Related Links
This Web page contains a list of information resources, legislation, and links regarding indoor air quality, mold, and asbestos, in addition to other environmental health concerns.
Source: California Indoor Air Quality Program
Connecticut - Asbestos Containing Materials in Connecticut Schools
Information on this Web site applies to all non-profit, public and private, elementary and secondary schools in Connecticut. Gives a brief overview of facility requirements and provides links to corresponding applicable regulations.
Source: Connecticut Department of Public Health - Asbestos Program
Illinois State Board of Education
School construction pages contain information on a range of health, safety, financing and other issues.
Source: Illinois State Board of Education - School Construction and Facility Division
Kansas Asbestos Programs
This web site provides a brief discussion of the various regulations directed towards educational and public facilities.
Source: Kansas Department of Health and Environment - Asbestos Control Section
Massachusetts Healthy Schools Web site
The Massachusetts Healthy Schools Web site is a resource for promoting healthy indoor air environments and environmentally sustainable school buildings in Massachusetts.
Source: Massachusetts Public Health Association - Massachusetts Healthy Schools Network
Children's Environmental Health Legislation Database
The Children's Environmental Health Legislation database includes state legislation on topics such as asthma, mercury, lead poisoning, pesticides and indoor air quality.
Source: National Conference of State Legislatures - Washington Office
EPA Region 2 Schools, Colleges, Universities Pollution Prevention Resources
Resources to assist schools, colleges and universities in gathering the information necessary to achieve, maintain, and go beyond compliance with environmental regulations. The site includes guidance, relevant documents, presentations delivered at several conferences, and a number of links related to environmental auditing, self-disclosure, regulations, pollution prevention, and a wide array of topics geared toward those involved in all aspects of environmental protection at academic institutions.
Source: EPA - Region 2