In addition to our many partners who can provide you with resources and useful information, there are many organizations that can help support any healthy air project you are undertaking and help you to engage your teachers and school district.
Promote Green Cleaning in Your District
Some districts have already made the switch to environmentally preferable cleaners, but there are still many districts using more toxic and harmful chemicals to clean the classroom. Using environmentally preferable cleaners is not only better for the environment and student, teacher, and staff health, but it can often cost less than traditional cleaners.
Cleaning for Healthy Schools
: This organization provides a toolkit to help schools and childcare settings adopt healthier cleaning practices.
Environmental Choice (EcoLogo: A listing of certified environmentally preferable cleaners
Green Purchasing Institute: An expert on purchasing and identifying environmentally preferable cleaners. Contact Alicia Culver for more information (email@example.com
Green Schools Buying Guide
: A resource to help schools and districts make decisions about the cleaning products they purchase.
: A listing of certified environmentally preferable cleaners.
Healthy Schools Campaign Green Cleaning Guide
: A free online resource providing information on how to switch to green cleaning practices.
INFORM’s Cleaning for Health
: A project that aims to protect the health of students, custodial workers, and teachers through the identification of toxic substances and promotion of safer products.
INFORM’s Implementing Environmental Preferable Cleaning Practices
: An eight step plan to creating a healthier school environment.
Improving Indoor Air Quality
Minnesota Department of Health
: Information on how to create and implement an indoor air quality management plan at the district level. These resources are valuable for all school districts regardless of location.
Regional Asthma Management and Prevention Initiative
(RAMP): Provides information and technical assistance on how to improve indoor air quality and asthma management programs.
New Building Projects and Renovations
When a district is planning to build new schools or renovate existing ones, there are opportunities to build schools that are healthier for teachers, students, staff, and the environment. As a teacher association, you can be an advocate. Here are some resources to help you district build healthy schools.
Collaborative for High Performing Schools
: An initiative to improve student learning through the creation of high performing school buildings. This organization has many resources and useful information.
: A consulting group that can help make schools more sustainable through solar technology, green curriculum, and much more.
USGBS’s LEED for Schools
: A rating and recognition system for new buildings and renovated buildings incorporating environmental features.
General Information and Resources
These resources can provide you with additional information about environmental health and asthma.
California Asthma Partners
(CAP): This group consists of representatives from governmental and non-governmental organizations who are working to implement the Strategic Plan for Asthma in California.
Children’s Environmental Health Network
(CEHN): Information and resources on protecting the environmental health of children.
Green Schools Initiative
: A California based organization that provides information and resources to schools interested in green cleaning, environmental projects, and other related initiatives.
Healthy Schools Network
: Provides resources and guides to help educate individuals about environmental practices, specifically focused at the school site.
Janitorial Products Pollution Prevention Project
(JP4): A list of some of the most hazardous cleaning products.
National Education Association (NEA) Health Information Network
: Provides educators with new information and news regarding the health and safety of students and school staff.