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This collection of webinars provides helpful information to promote and support healthy school environments. This list includes registration links to upcoming webinars and links to previously recorded webinars. The webinars feature experts from the EPA, other federal, and non-federal programs. Upcoming webinar times are Eastern Standard but may change so please check back here regularly.

Many of these webinars are part of the Department of Education's Green Strides Webinar Series. Sign up for their email updates to receive registration information on future webinars.

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Upcoming Webinars

October 15, 2014, 1-2 p.m.: Toxic Chemicals in Schools: Health Hazards to Children and What You Can Do Exit EPA Disclaimer (Collaborative on Health and the Environment)

School-age children spend the majority of their waking hours at school where they may be exposed to a range of toxic chemicals linked to childhood cancer, asthma, and learning disabilities. On this call we will explore with Claire Barnett, Founder and Executive Director for the Healthy Schools Network, Inc., and David Carpenter, Director of the Institute for Health and Environment at the University at Albany, the known health effects and routes of exposure for some of the common sources of chemical contaminants in schools, including pesticides, toxic chemicals in cleaning products, hazardous building materials and-in schools built or renovated between 1950-1979-polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). We will also discuss initiatives across the nation to make schools less toxic environments to protect the health of children, teachers and school staff.

October 21, 2014, 2-3:30 p.m.: Basics of School Integrated Pest Management Exit EPA Disclaimer (EPA)

School experts from around the country have been brought together to explain and demonstrate the Basics of School IPM. The webinar will begin with what school IPM is, why it is important, how to implement IPM and where and when to utilize IPM practices. A discussion of how to monitor for pests and its importance, pest exclusionary practices, and details regarding sanitation and maintenance of waste and recycling areas will ensue. This will be followed by a discussion of the most pest challenges area in schools – the kitchens/cafeterias. Then you will be lead through a virtual walkthrough of a school, pointing out other potential pest prone areas. Q & A will follow.

October 21, 2014, 2-3:15 p.m.: Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR Exit EPA Disclaimer (ENERGY STAR)

Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.

December 2, 2014, 2-3:30 p.m.: ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems Exit EPA Disclaimer (ENERGY STAR)

During this session, attendees will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, and others.

View the Sensible Steps Webinar Series

EPA's comprehensive training program offers 10 functional, one hour, sessions for all school staff. Each session is driven by real-life case studies, providing real solutions to real concerns, as presented by school district personnel. And, it introduces dozens of sensible, low- or no-cost steps staff can use to make any school a healthier school.

Want to start training your district or schools staff today? Make the commitment to these easy steps to a healthier school environment.

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