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Schools face a number of issues related to toxics such as chemical use in laboratories and art rooms, building materials and indoor air quality, pesticide use and janitorial cleaning. Schools also have a tremendous opportunity to improve the learning environment and incorporate pollution prevention concepts into their curriculum. Beginning with their own practices, they can identify environmentally preferable cleaning products from the State's procurement contract, promote alternatives to pesticides by developing an integrated pest management policy and plan, centralize chemical purchasing and use less toxic art supplies and building materials during construction and renovation projects.

The TURI projects on this site show how many Massachusetts school systems are creatively incorporating toxics use reduction into their policies and daily operations.