Funding Opportunity: Pollution Prevention Grants — Environmental Justice Through Safer and More Sustainable Products

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.

Cleaning Self-Assessment Identifies Key Areas of Improvement

When the Wisconsin-based West Allis-West Milwaukee School District first learned about the Healthy Green Schools & Colleges (HGSC) initiative, it was easy to wonder if this was just another idea that sounded good in theory, but would be too costly or take too much time to implement. After some careful research — various emails and utilizing some online resources — it became clear that this approach might be realistic.

Five Ways the HGSC Self-Assessment will Help Advance Your Institution’s Health and Sustainability Goals

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.

3 Keys to Training, Sustaining, and Retaining Workers

There is a strong belief in the Salt Lake City School District that when it comes to creating a safe and healthy environment, the most important and sustainable asset is a well-trained, appreciated, and valued group of employees. To accomplish this, the leadership team focuses on three main programs that are designed to result in a happy and sustainable work force: training; collaborative problem-solving; and professional development and employee appreciation.

How to Prepare for the Healthy Green Schools & Colleges Self-Assessment

Anyone interested in learning more about or joining the Healthy Green Schools & Colleges program will benefit from taking the HGSC self-assessment. School districts and universities that complete the assessment will receive key information on which HGSC standard criteria their institution already complies with as well as areas in which the institution needs to improve in order to meet certification thresholds.