National Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics -
This medical site covers many child health issues, as well as providing resources on education, advocacy, research and publications.

American Association of School Administrators (AASA) -
AASA began its work on healthy school environments and indoor air quality in 1992 and continues to work with school districts across the nation to elevate the importance of a healthy school environment. Poor indoor air quality is a serious risk to children’s health and academic performance. To prepare schools for children, this program promotes holistic improvements to the school environment, while educating students and staff.

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) -
This site contains abundant information on school environments, including fact sheets on indoor air quality, asbestos, and mold, as well as a "Healthy Schools" newsletter offering guidelines to parents and staff about environmental problems in schools, providing the latest research and school success stories.

American Public Health Association -
brings together researchers, health service providers, administrators, teachers, and other health workers in a unique, multidisciplinary environment of professional exchange, study, and action. See policy on healthier schools #200010

Beyond Pesticides/Nat’l. Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides -
Advocacy, information, and resources on a wide range of pesticide issues, including sample School IPM policies.

Center For Disease Control And Prevention - WWW.CDC.GOV
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. Look for links to specific diseases, environmental health, and occupational health.

CDC/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry - ATSDR has placed special emphasis on children in conducting its health studies and other activities. The agency has conducted or funded large studies to assess whether the infants of mothers who live near hazardous waste sites are at higher risk for various birth defects or other adverse health outcomes (e.g., small for gestational age). Some of these studies found an increased risk for neural tube defects. Several studies also showed an increased risk for musculoskeletal and heart defects. ATSDR is using geographic information systems (GIS), a spatial analysis approach, to estimate the number and sociodemographic characteristics of public and private elementary and secondary schools located on or near the approximately 1,550 National Priorities List (NPL) or Superfund hazardous waste sites in the United States.

CDC/Division for Adolescent and School Health - Healthy Youth
CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) seeks to prevent the most serious health risk behaviors among children, adolescents and young adults. To accomplish this mission DASH implements four strategies-identify; synthesize and apply research; enable constituents; and evaluate. DASH funds state agencies and national organizations to develop and administer selected school health programs.

CDC/National Center for Environmental Health - CDC's National Center for Environmental Health strives to promote health and quality of life by preventing or controlling those diseases or deaths that result from interactions between people and their environment.

CDC/National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) - NIOSH Safety Checklist Program for Schools
Administrators, coordinators, and teachers know that their schools should comply with Federal or State Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations.... This Safety Checklist Program can help … bring schools into compliance.... In one easy-to-read source, the Safety Checklist Program provides information needed by schools to maintain safe classrooms, shops, and labs for teachers and students in career-technical education. HSN note: NIOSH does not protect children/students, but may afford some protection for adult employees.

Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN) -
This site provides much useful material on children's health including national reports on policy and research issues, educational programs, publications, and other links.

Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) -
provides resources – in many cases, free resources – to schools, school districts and professionals about all aspects of high performance school design, construction and operation. CHPS develops tools that help make schools energy, water and material efficient, well-lit, thermally comfortable, acoustically sound, safe, healthy and easy to operate. These resources include a well-respected six-volume best practices manual, training and conferences, a high performance building rating and recognition program and other tools for creating healthy, green schools.

Education Facilities 
The Education Facilities Clearinghouse (EFC) provides a website of best practices and provides technical assistance and training to school divisions on a range of facility topics.  The EFC is a program of the George Washington University and the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Environmental Health News -

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - -
Healthy School Environments -
EPA Children's Health Protection -
EPA Healthy SEAT-
EPA Tools for Schools Program -
EPA Indoor Air Quality- -
Espanol -
EPA School Chemical Cleanout Campaign-
Provides the latest information on children's health and environmental hazards, including research, publications, health programs, news items, and links to over 50 other organizations. Go to Children, IAQ, Asthma, Molds, Radon, or Schools for more detailed information.

Healthy Kids: The Key to Basics -
Provides information designed to promote health and educational equity for students with asthma and other chronic health conditions.

Kids for Saving Earth
A website to help students and teachers learn about toxics that harm children and the environment.

Institute for Health and Environment –
Promotes interdisciplinary research among faculty of the University at Albany and other local academic and research institutions who have interest in the broad area of environmental science, ecology, environmental policy, environmental health, environmental law, geographic information systems, hazardous waste management, occupational health, risk assessment, management and communication, urban environmental health and the social and psychological aspects of environmental pollution in regard to human behavior.

National Education Association (NEA) -
This site provides the latest information on issues pertaining to public education and children, from classroom sizes to environmental conditions, focusing on issues such as how the conditions of schools affect teaching and learning. Ask your state NEA office about NEA's grassroots Healthy Schools Caucus.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) -
The federal NIEHS, part of the National Institutes of Health, achieves its mission through multidisciplinary biomedical research programs, prevention and intervention efforts, and communication strategies that encompass training, education, technology transfer, and community outreach. Provides fact sheets and pamphlets on environmental hazards, such as lead and air quality, and illnesses, such as asthma, facing children in schools. Includes scientific research and studies on children's health, as well as the latest news and events.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) -
uses law, science, and the support of members nationwide to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things, safeguarding the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends.

Office of Safe and Healthy Students -

Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units -
Agency for Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are supporting a network of units linked through the American Occupational and Environmental Clinics to provide education and consultation for health professionals, public health professionals and others about the topic of children's environmental health. Services are often initiated regionally or can be coordinated across the network.

Pesticide Database of the Pesticide Action Network–
Includes current toxicity and regulatory information for about 5,400 pesticide active ingredients and their transformation products.

Physicians for Social Responsibility -
Includes "Healthy Children - Toxic Environments" report. Provides abundant information and resources on school environments and its effects on children's health, emphasizing children's vulnerability to environmental threats, results from exposures, and roles of other agencies and organizations.

US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights -
Provides information on civil and educational rights of children and adults with disabilities, which can include health impairments such as Asthma, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Chemical Sensitivities, and other disorders.

State-Based Healthy Schools Advocates

California - Center for Cities and Schools -


Connecticut -|#47468

Connecticut Foundation for Environmentally Safe Schools
In July 2002, a group of concerned citizens, parents, educators environmentalists and health professionals from across Connecticut formed a grassroots organization called "The Canary Committee". They referred to themselves as the "The Canary Committee" because their core members had suffered from the debilitating health effects caused by sick schools. Among their ranks were parents of sick children whose illness had been directly linked to environmental conditions in their schools. The Canary Committee was founded on the belief that far too often the discovery and remediation of indoor pollution was not occurring until after the health of school occupants was already harmed.

Illinois Healthy Schools Campaign The Illinois Healthy Schools Campaign is a not-for profit organization with over 90 endorsing organizations whose mission is to advocate for policies and model programs that allow students and staff members to learn and work in a healthy school environment. Programs in food quality, green cleaning, air quality, and more.

Indiana – Improving Kids Environments -

Maine -

The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health- and the Massachusetts HEALTHY SCHOOLS NETWORK c/o
Serving eastern and central Massachusetts and dedicated to improving health and safety conditions in the workplace through technical assistance, training and education.

Minnesota -

New Hampshire Partnership for High Performance Schools (NHPHPS) -- Environment. Health. Economics. whose mission is to maximize the number of high performance schools built in New Hampshire over the next decade and is inspired by the success of other states and communities; provides direct support to communities involved in planning, renovating, expanding or upgrading school facilities.

New Jersey Work Environment Council/Healthy Schools Program
WEC is one of the few non-governmental organizations in New Jersey addressing health and safety hazards of schools, and the only organization working with school employees to prevent hazards associated with renovation and construction work. Poor indoor air quality, asbestos, dust and pests are some of the hazards that can harm the health of school occupants.

New York City and State - see below

Ohio -

Oregon Environmental Council at

Oregon Healthy Schools Roundtable Report (June 28th 2001)

Vermont -

Virginia -

Washington State Healthy Schools Roundtable Report (September 2002)


New York Partners and Resources

Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. - &
a supplementary website designed for New York City parents and others interested in public schools; profiles on schools, letter writing tools.

American Academy of Pediatrics District II- Provides members with the best tools, skills and knowledge to remain the best qualified health professionals in the field.

Clean NY -

The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators-

Environmental Advocates of New York -
Provides important information on current legislative priorities and environmental bills, including a monthly newsletter covering government initiatives, campaigns, environmental reports, and health topics, such as pesticide use in NYS.

New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) -
Focuses on the public's right for a safe and healthy workplace, providing material on asbestos, indoor air pollution, and potential illnesses. Includes a resource center, and a technical assistance hotline to address questions.

New York League of Conservation Voters- NY LCV works to ensure environmental protection is a top priority among all elected officials.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation -
New York State has adopted a statewide schools and neighbor prior notification of pesticide use, indoors and out of doors for public and private schools, and outdoors for residential neighbors.

New York State Department of Health - Center for Environmental Health -

New York State New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers (PTA) -

New York State United Teachers -
Dedicated to improving not only working conditions, but also professions; united in a common commitment to improve the quality of education and healthcare for the people of New York. This site provides current education legislation, effective teaching programs, nurse and health professional news, and health and safety research center.

Sallan Foundation - This organization works to advance information about greener cities.

United Federation of Teachers-

West Harlem Environmental Action – -
education, advocacy and programs to improve environmental protection, safeguard public health and secure environmental justice in communities of color.

Learning Disabilities of America’s Healthy Children Project -

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families – A national effort to protect families from toxic chemicals -

Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU) - 

CDC – National Center for Environmental Health -

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health -
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