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AMACO America Clay Company Product Information
Type: Checklist - Fact sheet - Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) - Web site
Summary: "Since 1940, the Art and Creative Materials Institute, Inc. has been certifying art material labeling through a program of toxicological evaluation by a medical expert. American Art Clay Co., Inc. is a charter member of that program and has the distinction of...
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Choose to Reuse: An Encyclopedia of Services, Products, Programs & Charitable Organizations that Foster Reuse
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Recycled Products
Summary: Non-fiction

AuthorsNikki and David Goldbeck


Opportunities that address reuse are provided in this encyclopedia. Each resource or service lists suggestions for maintenace or repair where appropriate, rental op...

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CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools)
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Fact sheet - List - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: CHPS (the Collaborative for High Performance Schools) provides case studies, training, publications and resources. While CHPS focuses on California schools, their fact sheets and school planning kits are proven valuable for everyone exploring redesign or retr...
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Eco Schools: School and Community Participation in the Design, Construction and Stewardship of Green School Grounds
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Web site
Summary: This list of resources provides information about increasing participation on green school ground projects. Many schools successfully involve students, teachers, school administrators, community members, design professionals, and other interested individuals a...
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Energy Savers: A consumer guide to energy efficiency Glossary
Type: Glossary
Summary: This is a glossary of vocabulary frequently used when planning and discussing energy efficient resources.
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Energy Star for K-12 School Districts
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - Holiday - List - Web site
Summary: ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program(EPA and DOE) helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR provides tools and guidelines for energy management appropriate for school administrators; it pro...
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Ensuring the Health of Schools and Playgrounds
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Schools need to be environmentally healthy places for children to learn and where teachers and other school employees can work. This sit address toxic metals used in school and playground structures, school pesticides and playground toxins as well as schoolsi...
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Environmental Virtual Campus
Type: Web site
Summary: Developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), this virtual campus uses an engaging, intuitive format to highlight potential environmental issues at nine campus areas, and provides compliance information and good management practices on a number...
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Federal Energy Management Program
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: FEMP provides recommendations on efficient equipment, new construction and retrofits, energy efficient operations and how to manage your utilities. It offers links for conferences, events, and a portal to EERE (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) for cons...
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Green Schools Checklist: Environmental Actions for Schools to Consider (PDF)
Type: Checklist
Summary: This checklist offers tips and resources to help schools identify opportunities to “green” their buildings and operations, ranging from the solid waste they generate, to the indoor environment they provide, to the energy and supplies they consume. Emphasis has...
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Greening Schools Overview
Type: Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: This is an overview of the benefits and services provided by the Illinois WMRC and EPA Greening Schools program.
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IAQ Tools for Schools Kit - Ventilation Checklist
Type: Checklist
Summary: Checklists for administration, building maintenance, food service, health officer, integrated pest managmenet, renovation and repairs, school officials, teacher's classroom, ventilation, walk though inspection, and waste management are all available from this...
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Identification of Mercury Devices in Schools Checklists
Type: Checklist
Summary: These tables assist school staff and/or state and local technical assistance providers in identifying mercury materials commonly found in schools. Specific tables are available for science rooms, medical offices, and school facilities. Non-mercury alternativ...
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Integrated Pest Management for Schools and Child Care Facilities
Type: Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: Purdue's IPM for Schools and Child Care Facilities concentrates on the issues and needs of school and childcare facility administrators and provides a variety of resources. These are designed to help meet the needs of the school with special consideration to...
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ISETSA Hazards and Lists of Hazards
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - List - Web site
Summary: ISETSA has provided a select number of typical hazards and hazardous exposures that have been identified in the Entertainment Industry and have been observed over the last forty-five years in the secondary educational theaters. Topics for hazards include che...
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Journey to Forever
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: Journey to Forever is a pioneering expedition by a small mobile NGO involved in environment and rural development work, starting from Hong Kong and travelling 40,000 km through 26 countries in Asia and Africa to Cape Town, South Africa. Available in Spanish,...
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Mercury in Schools and Communities
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: NEWMOA provides a list of fact sheets, case studies, administrator and teacher information, list of mercury devices frequently found in science labs, and mercury-exchange suggestions.
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National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities: Safe, Healthy, High Performance Schools
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Fact sheet - List - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: NCEF provides a general resource for all aspects of providing the high performance, safe, healthy schools. Resources include healthy school enviromenets, classroom design, high performance schools, and much more.
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Poisoned Schools, Invisible Threats, Visible Actions
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This 83-page report is a joint effort of organizations of the Child Proofing Our Communities Poisoned School Campaign. It identifies existing conditions (2001), harms created by improper school siting, pesticides and lack of information. It provides early eff...
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Public Schools: A Toolkit for Realtors
Type: Fact sheet - Glossary - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: Schools are important factors in communities quality of life, according to The National Association of Realtors (NAR). NAR has prepared a Public Schools Toolkit that helps realtors understand concerns and place themselves in positions to influence the debate...
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Recycle-Content Product Directory
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Database - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: This content product directory lists thousands of recycled products and provides information on the companies that reprocess, manufacture and/or distribute these products. From the home page you can conduct a product search, business/company search, product t...
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School Operations and Maintenance: Best Practices for Controlling Energy Costs
Type: Case Study - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Prepared by Princeton Energy Resource International, HPowell Energy Associates and the Alliance to Save Energy, this guidebook is designed for K-12 school system business officials and facilities managers. It is designed to meet the specific needs of school...
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Type: Checklist - Recycled Products - School Projects - Web site
Summary: SWANCC provides programs, educational resources, household hazardous waste recycling information on their website. This is information directly applicable to residents of Northern Cook County, but also valuable as an information resource for other parts on Il...
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US Green Building Council
Type: Case Study - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: US Green Building Council is a coalition of building industry leaders who are working to promote environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy buildings for working in and for living is, as well as for learning. They provide workshops and training, reso...
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WIMA Safety Information on Pencils
Type: Checklist - List
Summary: WIMA provides lists of manufacturers who comply with safety certification programs for classroom suppliers of pencils, erasers and ink.
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Help Desk Questions

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