Purchasing Green & Sustainable Products for Schools
Did you know that the primary sources of indoor exposure to airborne chemicals are furnishings, building materials and other products found in schools that can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particles into the air? These chemical emissions can contribute to a wide range of adverse health effects including asthma, upper respiratory irritation, fatigue, nasal congestion, nausea, dizziness and more. Furthermore, chemicals found in many common cleaning products can cause similar health problems.
Creating a sustainable purchasing policy helps meet facility needs while reducing chemical exposure in the school environment. Sustainable purchasing can also help slow the depletion of natural non-renewable resources, and materials purchased regionally help the local economy and reduce both the energy required for transportation and the associated greenhouse gas emissions. There is now a wide range of certified, effective, “green” products available. Learn more about establishing a sustainable purchasing policy and finding green certified products for your school.
Tip: Also visit our National & State Green School Programs page to learn more about local and national Green School programs and resources to help you improve the health & sustainability of your school!
Before You Start
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Resource CenterProject Resource Library: Learn More!
National & State Green School Programs
Eco Schools USA Handbook
Bay Backpack Teaching Resources Search Engine
EPA: Healthy Schools, Healthy Kids!
Healthy Schools Campaign: Green Clean Schools
EPA Learning & Teaching About the Environment (awards, resources, more)