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Our Reports

The following reports are available for free download.

Building Safe Schools: Invisible Threats, Visible Actions
See also: Building Safe Schools, Executive Summary
The third installment in a series of reports addressing potential environmental health threats in schools, and the update to Creating Safe Learning Zones:  Invisible Threats, Visible Actions, this report provides a state-by-state summary and analysis of rules and regulations that apply to school siting decisions, further refines the model school siting guidelines to include guidance for school districts that have no available options other than to build a school on a highly contaminated site, and provides guidance to evaluate and remediate contaminated land to the most protective standards possible.  Also included are several case studies highlighting school siting disasters and triumphs. (46 pages).

Creating Safe Learning Zones: Invisible Threats, Visible Actions
The follow-up publication to Poisoned Schools:  Invisible Threats, Visible Actions, and the second installment in a series of reports addressing potential environmental health threats in schools, Creating Safe Learning Zones:  Invisible Threats, Visible Actions focuses on the need for protective laws concerning the site selection and construction of new school buildings.  The report presents data from five states (California, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, and New York) on the number of schools located on or near hazardous chemical waste sites or other contaminated sites, such as landfill, waste treatment plants, military sites, and others that may pose environmental and health risks.  It describes children’s special vulnerabilities, the school siting process, and examples of schools built on or near contaminated land.  It provides model school siting legislation to help local communities promote local and state laws and policies that protect children’s health, and outlines action steps that parents can take to ensure that their children are not placed in harm’s way. (34 pages)

ABC’s of Healthy Schools
Creating Safe Learning Zones:  The ABC’s of Healthy Schools is a comprehensive primer of children’s special vulnerabilities and the toxic threats to their health in the school environment.  The report examines toxins commonly found in schools and building materials, and provides action steps school communities can take to reduce toxic chemical exposures and switch to safer alternatives.  The report contains detailed descriptions of how to design a healthy school and get your community involved in the decision making process, as highlighted in over a dozen case studies.  (58 pages)

Poisoned Schools:  Invisible Threats, Visible Actions
The first publication of the Children’s Environmental Health Program (formerly CPOC) and the first installment in a series of reports addressing potential environmental health threats in schools, Poisoned Schools:  Invisible Threats, Visible Actions examines factors that pose risks to children’s environmental health in schools, including the aging and deteriorating condition of school buildings, the trend of proposing new schools on contaminated land and the lack of school siting guidelines to ensure site safety, and the use of toxic pesticides on school grounds.  The report offers specific recommendations to protect children from chemical contamination in air and soil surrounding schools and exposure from toxic pesticides on school grounds.  Featured in the report are case studies, recommendations for school site selection and for developing integrated pest management programs, sample school siting and pest management surveys, and resources for reducing chemical exposures in the school environment.  (79 pages)


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