Projects for a Healthy School Environment
Did you know that out of the nearly 3,800 schools in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the average school building is over 45 years old? Many are in poor condition due to deferred maintenance (or outdated methods) and resulting conditions can have a serious impact on student and staff health and performance. States may have regulations or guidance documents on “healthy school environments”, but they are developed by a variety of agencies outside of the State Department of Education and there are no national regulations designating parameters.
The good news is that there are now excellent guidelines for no-cost, low-cost, logical and affordable measures to help improve the health of schools! The project resources in this section (and others) align with the Eco-School USA Sustainability Pathways and The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools “pillars” of healthy schools: 1) reducing environmental impact and costs; 2) improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and 3) providing effective sustainability education. Learn more about how to pursue initiatives to improve school health indoors and out and help students and staff utilize the school and school grounds as a learning tool to connect to the environment, improve health and performance, and develop the knowledge and skills to address sustainability and environmental issues in their community.
Tip: Don’t miss out on the Healthy Schools Project Resources page! Find incredible state & local project-specific resources for all six Bay watershed states and D.C.