Healthy schools use nontoxic products and educate students about health and wellness. The Best Practices Guide for Schools includes actions related to school gardens, green cleaning, indoor air quality, and more.
Hazardous chemicals and other toxic materials can be found in many areas of a school, including science labs and shop classes, and art and maintenance areas. To protect human health and the environment, it is critical for hazardous materials to be properly handled, stored, and disposed. Safer, less toxic materials should be purchased whenever possible.
If your school is working on the Sustaining Green School level of the King County Green Schools Program, see Sustaining Green School for the steps to recognition. One requirement for Sustaining Green School recognition is to complete an additional action or educational strategy each year – and to fulfill that requirement, your school may select and complete any action from any of the program’s Best Practices Guide, including the Healthy Schools Best Practices Guide.