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.
|Project team members installed an organic lawn at the Pelham Public Library demonstrating to residents that beautiful lawns are possible without pesticides. Read more...|
|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...|
|Learn about issues associated with artificial turf playing fields Read more...|
|A project of the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health Read more...|
|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...|
|A Project of the Lexington Health Department, 2002 Read more...|
|A Project of Northampton Board of Health Read more...|
|A Project of the Toxics Action Center, 2002 Read more...|
|A Project of the Barnstable County Department of Health and the Environment 1999 Read more...|