Healthy School Environments
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.
Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments Webinar Series
Join EPA for their new webinar series based on the Sensible Steps Brochure (PDF) (26pp, 1.75MB) and the State School Environmental Health Guidelines. The webinars share low- and no-cost actions that schools can take to create healthier environments for students and staff. Each webinar features school district staff from across the country presenting real-life examples of successes. The target audience includes facility maintenance staff, school nurses, administrators, teachers, and other school personnel and stakeholders. Look for the webinars highlighted below.
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Previously Recorded Webinars
- Sept. 24, 2013: EPA's Back-to-School Webinar: Managing Asthma in Schools
- Aug. 7, 2013: Mold and Moisture: Double Trouble for Schools
- July 23, 2013:Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Protecting Kids from Pests and Pesticides
- June 18, 2013:The Role of Indoor Air Quality in Creating Healthy Learning Environments
- May 21, 2013:School Environmental Health Assessment and Team Building
- May 21, 2013:Creating Exceptional Learning Environments Through Comprehensive Indoor Air Quality Management
- May 8, 2013:School Siting: Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities for Communities and Decision-Makers
December 9, 2013, 1-2 p.m.: Creating Healthy Indoor Environments in Tribal Communities: Best Practices from Tribal Programs (EPA)
Join us to hear best practices and effective strategies for working with tribal communities to establish and sustain healthy indoor environments in school facilities. In addition to hearing from two tribal programs, this webinar will demonstrate how EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools guidance can play a pivotal role in helping schools establish IAQ programs, and the critical importance of ongoing education, training, and communication in starting, expanding, and maintaining successful IAQ management efforts.
December 11, 2013, 1-2:30 p.m.: The Children Are Where? How Professionals can Ensure Childcare Facilities are Safe from Environmental Hazards (HHS ATSDR)
Nearly 3 million children in the US under the age of 5 spend time in a child care facility. While all states require child care facilities to be licensed, most do not require a property history, environmental site assessment, or environmental audit before obtaining a license. Many states do not even require that child care facilities test for asbestos, radon, lead paint or chemicals in their well water. Connecticut and Pennsylvania have initiated innovative programs to ensure safe siting of child care facilities in their states. This ATSDR-hosted webinar will explore these state programs and will share ideas to help other states implement safe daycare siting programs.
December 11, 2013, 7:30-9 p.m.: ClimateChangeLIVE Education Resources Highlights - Part 2 (USFS)
ClimateChangeLIVE distance learning adventure brings you a wealth of climate change education resources and programs from 17 Federal agencies and non-profit organizations! We offer educators, a source of trusted, science-based materials, which are correlated to science education standards. This webinar highlights climate change education resources from three of our partners. Project Learning Tree and the U.S. Forest Service will introduce their GreenSchools! program and how you can foster student-led efforts to move your school toward sustainability. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will highlight their Student Climate & Conservation Congress. The Forest Service will highlight the Natural Inquirer science education journal’s Climate Collection which takes real-life Forest Service research, and engages students in the science inquiry method, along with activities tied to the research.
December 17, 2013, 3-4 p.m.: Renovate Right: EPA's Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule
Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments Webinar Series
This is the eighth and final session in the webinar series. Federal law requires contractors that disturb painted surfaces in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Join us for this webinar to: 1) Get up to date information about serious health effects of lead on children; 2) Learn how federal law applies to K-12 schools; and 3) Discover sensible steps that administrators, facilities managers, school nurses and early childhood learning professionals can take to protect their students from lead poisoning.
January 29, 2014, 7:30-9 p.m.: Professional Development Programs for Climate Change Education (USFS)
In this webinar, ClimateChangeLIVE partners highlight professional development programs to empower you as a climate change educator! Each program offers training to increase your understanding of essential climate concepts and provide you with tools and resources to implement a science-based climate change curriculum in your classroom and connect with networks of other educators teaching about climate change. Most of these programs offer grants to schools to help them implement climate change solution-related action projects, and include on-site and online training opportunities.
February 19, 2014, 7:30-9 p.m.: GreenWorks! Action Grants for ClimateChangeLIVE Participants (USFS)
School classes that participate in ClimateChangeLIVE will be eligible to apply for GreenWorks! Grants! Join us and learn about these opportunities to help your school accomplish action projects that address climate change solutions. Project Learning Tree and U.S. Forest Service staff will present an overviewof the grant parameters and how you can apply. We’ll also highlight success stories from schools in our GreenSchools! program that have done excitingprojects with these grants.