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Pillar Two: Positive Impact on Student and Staff Health

Pillar Two focuses on high standards of coordinated school health, which includes:

  • Integrated school/district environmental health program
  • High standards of nutrition, fitness and outdoor time

Environmental Health Program

Classroom Acoustics Coalition - Provides important background on the nature and scope of the problems caused by bad acoustics in classrooms, and offers practical planning strategies and methods to avoid or correct bad acoustics in existing or planned educational facilities.

EPA Radon Zone Map for Pennsylvania – EPA Bureau of Radiation Protection.

EPA Website for Healthy Schools - EPA's comprehensive schools website offers all the resources you need to establish, maintain or enhance a school environmental health program.

EPA website for Indoor Air Quality - Air quality and indoor environmental quality are critical to providing a healthy and productive learning environment. This includes IAQ Tools for Schools as well as managing asthma. Multiple resources are available including information on air quality and student performance.

GREENGUARD Certification for air quality.

iSustain - The iSUSTAIN™ Green Chemistry Index is a tool which provides a methodology to generate a sustainability-based score for chemical products and processes. It contains a set of sustainability metrics based on the Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry* and takes into account such factors as waste generation, energy usage, health and environmental impact of raw materials and products, safety of processing steps, and others.

Mom's Clean Air Force - Moms Clean Air Force is a community of moms and dads united against air pollution – including the urgent crisis of our changing climate – to protect our children's health.

PA DEP Website with Radon Testing Information – Pennsylvania DEP Radiation Protection Programs.

PA integrated Pest Management - The PA IPM Program, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and The Pennsylvania State University Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Education, developed a comprehensive school IPM manual.

US Environmental Protection Agency – Resources focusing on air quality, water quality, pesticides, cleaning products, and chemicals in schools.

Nutrition, Fitness and Outdoor Time

Buy Local PA – Buy Local PA's goal is to make it easier for you to find, choose, and appreciate great local foods while supporting the farmers and lands that produce them.

Explore PA Trails – DCNR website to locate hiking trails in Pennsylvania.

eXtension's Garden Maintenance Plans - eXtension is an interactive learning environment delivering the best, most researched knowledge from the best land-grant university minds across America. eXtension connects knowledge consumers with knowledge providers - experts who know their subject matter inside out.

Inside Urban Green - Modern methods of growing food, foliage or flowers for the millions of us who are not green thumbs.

Local Harvest - For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.

National Organic Program - Ensuring the integrity of USDA organic products in the U.S. and throughout the world.

SunWise - Sun safety for kids and educators.

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