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Healthy schools

Our healthy schools resources help teach how to use nontoxic products and educate students about health and wellness. Topics include healthy practices related to green cleaning, indoor air quality, school gardens, art and science classes, and more.

Hazardous chemicals and other toxic materials can be found in several areas of school facilities, including science labs, art and shop classes, and maintenance areas. To protect human health and the environment, it is critical for hazardous materials to be properly handled, stored, and disposed of. Safer, less toxic materials should be purchased whenever possible.

Best practices guide

Download the Healthy Schools Best Practices Guide for schools


Schools working on the Sustainable Green School level can check the Sustaining Green School for the steps to recognition. One requirement is to complete an additional action or educational strategy each year. Your school may select any action from any of the program's Best Practices Guides, including the Healthy Schools Best Practices Guide.


Gardening in schools

Hazardous waste

Indoor air quality (IAQ)

A free resource that shows schools how to carry out a practical plan to improve indoor air problems at little or no cost using straightforward activities and in-house staff. Order from the website above or view most sections online.