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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.

Worcester Public Schools: Toxic Use Reduction Strategies for Pathogen and Asthma Reduction in Schools

Worcester Public Schools undertook a significant new initiative to minimize the use of products containing asthmagens and hazardous chemicals in school buses and kitchens. Read more...

Combating Everyday Chemical Exposures through Hands-on Environmental Health Curriculum, a Mobile App, and Peer to Peer Mentoring

Silent Spring Institute and the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition partnered on a project to reduce high school students’ exposures to common carcinogens, endocrine‐disrupting chemicals, and asthmagens. Read more...

Early Education and Care - Green Cleaning and Asthma Home Visiting

The Springfield Childcare and Healthy Homes Pilot Project and Square One trained staff and parents on how to decrease the use of toxic cleaning and pest control materials in homes and at Square One facilities. Read more...

Safe, Healthy, Affordable, Responsible Environments (SHARE) for Early Childhood Education in Greater Boston

Many environmental toxins are introduced to childcare facilities through the products care providers purchase. Read more...

MassCOSH Cleaning For a Healthy Start

The project team’s goal was to eliminate toxic chemical use in Head Start child-care facilities in underserved Boston neighborhoods Read more...

Pelham Public Library and School Organic Landscape Demonstration Project

Project team members installed an organic lawn at the Pelham Public Library demonstrating to residents that beautiful lawns are possible without pesticides. Read more...

Cleaning for Healthier Schools and Infection Control Workgroup Statewide

The National Cleaning for Healthier Schools and Infection Control Workgroup completed a project to generate information on disinfection, sanitization, and hand hygiene options and product selection to help reduce the use of unnecessary disinfectants in schools. Read more...

Healthy Boston Schools Janitorial Project

A project of the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health Read more...

Dracut Environmental Science Toxics Use Reduction Program

The primary goal of this project was to educate students, custodial staff, and business employees about specific methodologies to replace and /or reduce toxic substances used in cleaning procedures with less toxic or non-toxic substances. Read more...

Toxics Action Center: Pesticide Free MA Schools Initiative

A Project of the Toxics Action Center, 2002 Read more...

Barnstable's School TUR Approach

A Project of the Barnstable County Department of Health and the Environment 1999 Read more...
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