Pollution Prevention for Academic Institutions

Facility design and maintenance procedures have a significant impact on air, water, and soil health in our schools. It is our responsibility to protect our youngest citizens from toxic exposure to chemicals and to teach them about the alternatives. There are many resources for schools to find less-toxic replacements for frequently used items such as cleaning products, paint, and markers among others.

Resources from the Department of Ecology

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing offers resources for making the greenest purchasing decisions for state agencies. Academic institutions may benefit from these resources.

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing: Project Report

Focus on Auditors and Contractors for Management of School-lab Waste  is an Ecology publication about proper tracking and management of waste from educational laboratories.

Property Managers Problem Waste Fact Sheets Facilities Managers may find these tips useful.

P2 Top Tips for Academic Institutions offers tips from Ecology's Toxics Reduction staff.

P2 Top Tips for Stormwater Management offers tips from Ecology's Toxics Reduction staff.

Pollution Prevention Resource Center Topic Hubs™

The following are applicable Topic Hubs™ at the Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) website. The site includes background information, pollution prevention opportunities, reasons for change, where to go for help, and links to more information for and about this sector.

Arts Education Agricultural Teaching Labs Biotechnology Labs Electronic Waste
Energy Efficient Schools and Students  Environmental Management Systems in Government Environmental Mentoring Food Service
Green Procurement Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Schools Residential Construction Mercury—Schools
Mercury—Thermometers Sustainable School Design  Pollution Prevention (P2) Internships Youth Education

US Environmental Protection Agency Resources

Healthy School Environment Resources

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

Related information

The Green Schools Alliance (GSA) a program of GEO: Global Environmental Options, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1994 is a group of concerned schools and other partners dedicated to the greening of the schools.