| New York is a special
focus of our work. It is the country's third-largest K-12 public education system.
With support from a broad-based coalition led by
Healthy Schools Network, New York State has adopted
environmental reform policies embodied in a five-point,
child-centered set of "Guiding Principles for
School Environmental Quality". Healthy Schools
Network has since worked to secure new laws, funding,
and regulations to promote healthier school environments,
including the measures for occupant health in schools
under renovation, notice of pesticide use, bans on
arsenic and elemental mercury, and an executive order
on "green" cleaning products.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a proclamation declaring April 30, 2013 as Healthy Schools Day in the State of New York.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a proclamation declaring April 24, 2012 as Healthy Schools Day in the State of New York.
Governor Patersons Assistant
Secretary of Education Mark Leinung presents
National Healthy Schools Day Proclamation
to Healthy Schools Network at first Advisory
Symposium and Benefit Reception
New York State First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson
delivers opening remarks at Healthy Schools
Network's benefit reception at the New York
Times Building in New York City.
Symposium and Benefit Reception
Richard Iannuzi (President,
New York State United Teachers) presents Healthy
Schools Hero award to Dr. Phil Landrigan (Mount
Sinai School of Medicine) at Healthy Schools
Network benefit reception in New York City.
Symposium attendees listen to
panelists discuss toxic chemicals in children's
toys and jewelry (Albany, NY).
Queens Press Conference
New York City Councilman James
F. Gennaro, New York State Assemblyman Rory
Lancman and Stephen Boese, New York Director
of Healthy Schools Network gathered at a school
construction site in Jamaica, Queens to call
on the NYS Legislature to approve Legislation
to protect children from schools built on hazardous
sites and to allow environmental and community
reviews for leased NYC school properties.
Greening Schools for Healthy
North Babylon, NY: New York
State Assemblyman Robert Sweeney accepts a 2007
Healthy Schools Hero Award from Assemblyman
Englebright, a former honoree, and from two
HSN Board Members Jeff Jones and Neal Tepel.
OUR NY CAMPAIGNS
High Performance School Design
Our goal is to help shape initiatives that will transform
the built environment to include health and learning
benefits for all children. Healthy and High Performance
schools improve childrens health, energy efficiency,
and teacher and school staff job satisfaction, enhance
student performance, and provide a healthier environment
for building occupants.
In 2006, NYSERDA (The NYS Energy Research and Development
Authority) and the NYS Education Department released
NY-CHPS, comprehensive healthy and high performance
school design guidelines for NYS schools. Healthy
Schools Network worked to bring the NYS Education
Department and NYSERDA together to create these guidelines
and then served as an advisor to the project during
These guidelines were adopted in 2007 and are now
Since 2011, Healthy Schools Network has sat on the Green Ribbon Schools Committee within the New York State Department of Education. The committee configures the application for this award that NY schools apply for. The schools are judged on three pillars; Environmental Impact & Energy Efficiency, Environmental Health & Wellness, and Environmental Education. Pictured here are members of the committee including the NYS Director of Facilities Planning, Carl Thurnau and Healthy Schools Network Program Manager, Adam Pisarkiewicz.
For more information on the New York State Green Ribbon Schools visit:
Healthy and High Performance School Design in New York
City- We participated in the citywide campaign for green
construction, winning Local Law 86 in 2005. As a result,
the New York City School Construction Authority researched
and produced a Green Schools Guide, now linked to the
City's $13.2 billion five-year school capital plan.
For the Green Schools Guide requirements and how to
apply, visit http://source.nycsca.org/GreenSchools/nycgsg-031507.pdf.
Green Cleaning/Green Purchasing
Cleaning products that are used at school can contain
harmful and toxic chemicals that can affect the health
of children, as well as janitorial staff and school
employees. Children are more vulnerable to these toxins
because they eat, breathe, and drink more per pound
of body weight than adults and when exposed to these
harmful chemicals, children can have long term health
In 2005, HSN helped secure the country's first executive
order and the first state-wide law requiring the use
of "green" cleaning and maintenance products
in state agencies and all public and private schools.
This law went into effect for all New York State schools
in September 2006.
In 2008 the Governors office signed Executive Order No. 4, which directed all state agencies to begin state green purchasing in an effort to make the agencies healthier, more sustainable, and more energy efficient. Their efforts were successful in creating healthier work environments, saving energy, reducing waste, and saving money. For more information on Executive Order No. 4, read the first annual progress report. In May of 2014, the second progress report on state green procurement and agency sustainability for fiscal years 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 was released. The report shows more savings for New York State and a healthier workforce. Click here to read the report. On Earth Day 2015, the third progress report for fiscal years 2012-13 and 2013-14 was released. The findings showed cost savings of $13 million. Read the full report here.
Healthy Schools Network has always had a strong focus on Green Cleaning and Green Purchasing. Specifically we have to great resources for these topics. For everything on green cleaning please visit our stand-alone website on the subject at www.cleaningforhealthyschools.org. We recently released a new guide all about Green Purchasing, which goes beyond cleaning to include office equipment, interior wall and ceiling paints, office supplies, art supplies, and furniture. Click here to read the guide: Healthy Purchasing for Healthy Schools
- We ask NYS elected officials
- Healthy and High Performance
School Design Standards for all school construction;
- School Siting Requirements;
- Parent Right-to-Know;
- Minor Maintenance and
Repair Funds; and
- Legislation that: promotes
indoor air quality at school; provides for annual
water testing at school taps; and protects students
from exposure to pesticides at school.
Environmental Health Services in New York
Executive Summary: NYS Department of Health recieves EPA grant on children's health in schools (2013)
New York State Sustainable School Environmental
Health Program Steering Committee Meeting
Healthy Schools Network staff attends the New York State Department of Health's 'New York State Sustainable School Environmental Health Program' Steering Committee Meeting along with Board President, John Shaw.
We are thrilled that our advocacy has resulted in
securing over $2.5 million to expand the provision
of pediatric environmental health services statewide
in New York, thank to the generosity of State Senator
Carl Marcellino and Assemblyman Robert Sweeney, both
of Long Island, and thanks to the collaborative work
of our colleagues at LDA-NY and Mount Sinai School