Use these tips to green your school.
- Identify an Environmental Manager for the whole campus.
- Provide training to instructors and employees on pollution prevention and waste reduction, and what their responsibilities are.
- Institute a central purchasing program to screen product purchases, review MSDSs, combine product purchases from different departments, and suggest alternative products.
- Use Integrated Pest Management methods for pest control.
- Use native plants in landscaping.
- Coordinate reclamation of silver-bearing waste streams campus-wide.
- Reduce number of solvent change-outs in shop classes.
- Recycle printed circuit boards for metal recovery.
- Use cloth towels from a laundry service rather than paper.
- Make left over paints, solvents, and chemicals available to other departments.
- Do not allow students to bring products from home, unless approved first.
- Remove excess chemicals and unusable chemicals in labs.
- Use micro scale or small scale lab experiments.
- Identify safer substitutes for common lab chemicals:
- Ethanol instead of Formaldehyde (specimen storage).
- Sodium Hypochloride instead of Sodium Dichromate (some oxidation reactions).
- Stearic Acid instead of Acetamide (freezing point depression).
- Non-halogenated solvents instead of Halogenated solvents (extractions, other solvent uses).
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