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.
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Previously Recorded Webinars
- Jan.-June, 2014: USDA Farm to School Webinar Series
- Feb. 27, 2014: CDC Key Findings on School Indoor Environments
- Sept. 24, 2013: EPA's Back-to-School Webinar: Managing Asthma in Schools
- Aug. 7, 2013: Mold and Moisture: Double Trouble for Schools
- May 21, 2013: School Environmental Health Assessment and Team Building
- May 8, 2013: School Siting: Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities for Communities and Decision-Makers
Historical Webinars: 2006 Children's Environmental Health Month
October 8, 2014, 12-1 p.m.: Energy Treasure Hunts: Simple Steps to Finding Energy Savings (ENERGY STAR)
The Energy Treasure Hunt is a dynamic, effective process for identifying savings opportunities, and is a best practice adopted by many ENERGY STAR partners to identify no- and low-cost savings opportunities, and build stronger energy teams. By focusing on energy savings, Energy Treasure Hunts support implementation of an energy management program and key components of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management. Learn how others have used this tool to find savings, and learn how to run your own treasure hunt.
October 21, 2014, 2-3:30 p.m.: Basics of School Integrated Pest Management (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 (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 (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.
- Download the Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments Guide and Quick Assessment Checklist (PDF, 3pp, 461K).
- Watch the webinars and download the guide.
- Add the webinars to your list of recommended or required training.
- Train staff in your district and/or school.