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Healthy School Environments


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Children's Health Protection wishes to acknowledge those who were instrumental in the development of these voluntary guidelines for states on developing and implementing a school environmental health program. Particular recognition goes to the Federal Steering Committee (the Department of Education, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Defense, the Bureau of Indian Education, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality), established as directed by the Energy Independence and Security Act, and EPA's Program and Regional Offices for their direction, expertise, and support. Sincere appreciation also goes to the states of Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin for providing insight and perspective on their existing school-related environmental health programs, as well as their permission to include case studies that highlight their programs in the guidelines.

Most importantly, EPA would like to acknowledge the stakeholders, state officials, school officials and staff, parents, and interest groups for their continued interest and invaluable input to EPA throughout the process of developing these voluntary guidelines.

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Acronyms and Abbreviations

AGC - Academy for Global Citizenship

CCHS - Colorado Coalition for Healthy Schools

CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CHPS - Collaborative for High Performance Schools

CSIERT - Connecticut School Indoor Environment Resource Team

EPA - Environmental Protection Agency

GEF - Green Education Foundation

HAP - Hazardous air pollutant

HAZMAT - Hazardous material

HealthySEAT - Healthy Schools Environments Assessment Tool

HVAC - Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning

IAQ - Indoor air quality

IgCC - International Green Construction Code

IPM - Integrated pest management

KEEPS - Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools

KGHS - Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools

LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

LHJ - Local health jurisdiction

MCCSC - Monroe County Community School Corporation

NEED - National Energy Education Development project

NGO - Non-governmental organization

NIOSH - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

PCB - Polychlorinated Biphenyl

PEHSU - Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit

PWS - Public water system

RIDE - Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

RRP Rule - Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule

SAVES - School Advanced Ventilation Engineering Software

SchEH&S - (Washington) School Environmental Health and Safety Program

SDS - Safety Data Sheets

SMP - Sustainability management plan

TEAMS - (Carrollton-Farmer's Branch Independent School District, Texas) Tools for Schools, Energy, Asbestos, Moisture Management, Safety and Security

TIMES - (Carrollton-Farmer's Branch Independent School District, Texas) Tools for Schools, Integrated Pest Management, Moisture Management, Energy, Safety and Security

VOC - Volatile organic compound

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