Healthy School Environments
Law, Regulation and Policy Resources
Use the following resources to help your school comply with law, regulation and policy related to environmental health topics.
CampusERC, the Environmental Resource Center for Higher Education, provides resources and addresses laws and regulations on numerous schools topics.
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EPA and Federal Partners
- School Environmental Health Statutes At-a-Glance are provided in EPA's State School Environmental Health Guidelines, offering summaries for lawmakers and decision makers on model state environmental health legislation.
- EPA's Laws and Regulations website offers comprehensive summaries of key environmental laws and regulations as well as policy and guidance materials and information on compliance and enforcement.
- Compliance Assistance by EPA provides quick access to compliance tools, contacts and planned activities from EPA as well as other compliance assistance providers.
- Protecting Health and the Environment at K-12 Schools, Including Art Programs by EPA presents two free manuals - one is a primary environmental compliance guide for K-12 schools, while the other serves the same purpose for art programs at K-12 schools, colleges and art studios. Both manuals also provide best management practices applicable to schools' environmental concerns.
- Summary of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) describes EPA's commitment to developing, implementing and revising regulations and voluntary programs under EISA, including increasing the efficiency of products, buildings and vehicles.
- Topics in School Environmental Health: Overview of State Laws by the Environmental Law Institute provides a snapshot of how state policies have addressed several school indoor environmental quality issues - mold, radon, carbon monoxide, integrated pest management, vehicle idling, green cleaning, IAQ and renovations, and IAQ management plans.
- Environmental Health Legislation Database by the National Conference of State Legislatures includes summaries of state legislation on topics such as air quality, asbestos, lead, mercury, pesticides, radon, water and more. The database is searchable by keyword, year, state, topic and citation.
- Indoor Environments and Green Buildings Policy Resource Center run by the Environmental Law Institute, presents research, policy briefs and profiles of innovative state practices in building management and design.
- Database of State Indoor Air Quality Laws maintained by the Environmental Law Institute, is a compilation of laws that reflect a wide range of policy strategies enacted in the states. You may also download excerpts addressing radon, mold and schools.
Regional, State and Local Resources
- Use the Where You Live map from the Office of Children's Health Protection to find regional and state contacts for information on regulations in your area.