Water quality emergencies can create environmental and health hazards for students and staff in addition to disrupting operations for days or even weeks at a time. Proper planning can help schools contain the scope of a water quality emergency, reduce the potential for exposures to students and staff, and minimize the disruption to operations.
Five Types of School Water Quality Emergencies and How to Address Them
Regularly monitoring indoor air quality can help identify problem areas and opportunities for improvement. Ongoing monitoring of contaminants requires an investment of staff time and financial resources. So, it’s important to carefully consider the unique needs and challenges of your school facilities when selecting technical devices to perform air testing and determine contaminant levels.
We’re excited to announce Healthy Green Schools & Colleges’ Fall Virtual Summit, an event designed to connect facilities professionals in the HGSC program, sponsors, and partners to share insights and foster collaborative problem-solving in the effort to integrate health and sustainability into day-to-day facilities operations and management in K-12 and higher education institutions.
The 2023 Healthy Green Schools & Colleges Summer Summit brought together HGSC program sponsors, partners, and school facility directors from across the country who are committed to improving the indoor air quality and sustainability of their K12 districts and higher education institutions.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics announced a new funding opportunity for providing technical assistance to businesses (e.g., information, training, expert advice) on source reduction, also known as pollution prevention (P2) to improve human health and the environment in disadvantaged communities.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics announced a new funding opportunity for providing technical assistance to businesses seeking to develop and adopt pollution prevention (P2) practices that advance environmental justice in underserved communities. The EPA anticipates awarding $8 million in 2023, with individual grant awards ranging from $100,000 to $800,000 for the funding period.
Mark your calendars: The U.S. EPA is holding a listening session next week to get input on the design of a new grant and technical assistance program funded by the Inflation Reduction Act.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights announced a new funding opportunity to assist nonprofit organizations working to address environmental or public health issues in their communities.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights announced a new funding opportunity to support activities that lead to measurable environmental or public health impacts in communities disproportionately affected by climate, environmental, and human health harms and risks.
The Healthy Green Schools & Colleges self-assessment is a no-cost tool that lets you measure your facilities’ indoor air quality and sustainability performance against a national standard. Taking the test will identify specific opportunities for improvement and low- or no-cost steps you can take to raise your score in procurement, facility operations, and building systems maintenance. Here are a few additional ways the self-assessment results can be used to improve your facilities.