Green Flag Resources

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle  |  Integrated Pest Management  |  Indoor Air Quality  |  Non-Toxic Products


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Resources

General Information

Gateway to Recycling Resources in Your Community. http://earth911.com/recycling-center-search-guides/

Real Estate Resources: A Guide to Recycling. http://sanibelrealestateguide.com/recycling/

Recycling & Composting: Paper, Plastic, Glass & More. http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/environmental-home-remodeling/#.V87sQmVlz0c

How-To Reduce Plastic Waste in Schools. http://www.aaastateofplay.com/how-to-reduce-plastic-waste/

A List of RRR Curriculum Links, Activities and Lesson Plans

California Integrated Waste Management Board Curricula. http://www.californiaeei.org/Curriculum

Grass Roots Recycling Network: Teachers’ Recycle: Tools for Zero Waste Schools Waste Reduction for K – 12. http://www.kidsrecycle.org/overview.php

EPA K-12 curriculum. http://www.epa.gov/students

Composting Resources

Vermicomposting – The Worm Café: Mary Appelhof’s website has links, articles, and other resources- you can buy her books (which are highly recommended) on the site as well (The books include: Worms Eat Our Garbage (a classroom workbook). http://www.wormwoman.com/acatalog/cafe_more.html

California Integrated Waste Management Board: website describing the process of Grasscycling, the natural recycling of grass. http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/organics/grasscycling

Composter’s Forum: The Compost Resource Page: www.oldgrowth.org/compost

How Stuff Works: Learn how composting works. www.howstuffworks.com/composting

Envirocycle Systems: http://www.envirocycle.com

Happy D Ranch: Offers a lot of information as well as a variety of worm bins,worms, and books on worm composting.Their staff is very helpful. www.happydranch.com

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s compost fact sheet: Basic information on composting. http://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/RecyclingDisposal/composting/Pages/default.aspx

Compost Bin Resources (recycled content) – Urban Garden Center: D&P Industries offer the award winning “Urban Compost Tumbler” an efficient and attractive tumbler that is pest proof and almost completely made with recycled items. www.urbangardencenter.com

Paper Recycling Programs:

Ollie Recycles: Great kid friendly website with questions, facts, explanations and processes of recycling paper. http://www.olliesworld.com/recycle/index.html

EPA: Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines: page that can help find recycled paper. https://www.epa.gov/smm/comprehensive-procurement-guideline-cpg-program

The Chlorine Free Products Association: Can help school officials find chlorine-free paper. http://www.chlorinefreeproducts.org/

Other School Recycling Programs 

The Earth Flag Programs: http://www.swalco.org/256/Earth-Flag-Program

Pedals for Progress: Works with school groups and others to recycle bicycles and send them to developing countries. http://www.p4p.org

Recycling Refund Resources

Charitable Recycling Program: A national program that allows schools and other institutions to donate cell phones to a charity of choice including your school. http://www.charitablerecycling.com

Recycle & Raise Funds: Will pay you a refund for empty inkjet cartridges. http://www.empties4cash.com

Recycling Product Resources

Boulder County Recycling at School site. http://www.ecocycle.org/schools/overview

Websites containing information on Recycled Products

Access Eco: Functional, high quality promotional items made the earth-friendly way. http://www.accesseco.com

Adapt Ad Specialty: Over 5,000 recycled products distributed. http://www.adaptadspecialty.com

Amazing Recycled Products: Shop on-line for recycled products, (800) 241-2174. http://www.amazingrecycled.com

Dolphin Blue: Enviro-friendly office products. Schools can order discounted recycled paper. http://www.dolphinblue.com

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program’s database of environmental information on products and services. http://www.epa.gov/epp/

Grass Roots Recycling Network: http://www.grrn.org/

Green Home: Distributor on environmentally-friendly products. www.greenhome.com

National Recycling Coalition’s (NRC’s) Buy Recycled Business Alliance (BRBA): Includes a Buy Recycled Guidebook, online library, 18 case studies on how to use recycled-content construction materials. The NRC also holds discussion forum’s, and has links to state and regional recycling organizations, and has an events calendar. http://brba.nrc-recycle.org

Rainbow Eco Specialties: Environmentally-friendly promotional products. http://www.ecospec.com

Recycled Products Purchasing Cooperative:Offers assistance for purchasing high quality recycled office copy paper at good prices. http://www.recycledproducts.org

Recycler’s World: A global trading site for recyclable commodities, by-products, used and surplus items or materials. http://www.recycle.net/index.html

Student Focused Sites

EPA resources for kids: http://www.epa.gov/students

Environmental Education for Kids: Wisconsin DNR. http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/caer/ce/eek/earth/recycle/index.htm

Grassroots Recycling Network Kids Recycle: http://www.kidsrecycle.org/kids_links.php

Make your own recycled paper. Try this guide from the Exploratorium. http://www.exploratorium.edu/exploring/paper/handmade.html


Integrated Pest Management Resources

IPM Curriculum Links, Activities and Lesson Plans

Pennsylvania IPM Program: School IPM. Offers ways in which IPM can be used in teaching and educational opportunities for educators. http://extension.psu.edu/pests/ipm/schools-childcare

Michigan State University: Pesticide Education. IPM curriculum developed for an urban elementary school this guide containing an for k-6 graders. http://www.pested.msu.edu/CommunitySchoolIpm/curriculum.htm

The IPM Institute of North America. Check this site for a comprehensive list of school-related IPM resources. https://ipminstitute.org/projects/school-ipm-2020/

IPM in Schools

Beyond Pesticides: Alternatives to Using Pesticides in Schools. What is School IPM? http://www.beyondpesticides.org/programs/children-and-schools/alternatives-at-schools

EPA: IPM for Schools. https://www.epa.gov/managing-pests-schools/introduction-integrated-pest-management

EPA: Strategic Plan for School Integrated Pest Management. (link tp PDF at bottom of page) https://www.epa.gov/managing-pests-schools/epas-approach-integrated-pest-management-schools

IPM Institute of North America: IPM Standards for Schools. http://www.ipminstitute.org/school.htm

Model School IPM Policy

School Pesticide Reform Coalition: Safer Schools. 2003 report documents 27 school districts and schools in 19 states successfully implementing an IPM program.  It also contains a model school IPM policy. http://www.beyondpesticides.org/schools/publications/IPMSuccessStories.pdf

Identifying Toxic Chemicals in Pesticides

Pesticide Action Network of North America: Pesticide database. http://www.pesticideinfo.org/Index.html

School IPM and Cost

Beyond Pesticides: Schools Save Money with IPM. Fact sheet. http://www.beyondpesticides.org/schools/publications/IPM_cost%20_FS.pdf

Implementing IPM in your School District

EPA: Writing an IPM Policy for your School District. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-11/documents/ipm-policy.pdf

University of Arizona: School IPM: Children’s Environmental Health Program. https://cals.arizona.edu/impacts/2005/5_3.html

EPA: Monroe County Community School Corporation Success Story. https://www3.epa.gov/pestwise/htmlpublications/mccsc_sucess_story.html

University of Florida’s school IPM site. http://schoolipm.ifas.ufl.edu/index.html

School IPM Certification and Recognition Programs

IPM Institute of North America: IPM STAR Program. https://ipminstitute.org/projects/ipm-star/

Student Focused Sites

State of Pennsylvania IPM. http://paipm.cas.psu.edu/pestpatrol.html

Safter Pest Control – A Kid’s Guide to Pesticides. http://www.spcpweb.org/factsheets/KidsGuidetoPesticidesBW.pdf

EPA: Roach Prevention Activity. Interactive EPA website for kids. http://www.epa.gov/opp00001/kids/roaches/english/


Indoor Air Quality Resources

General Information

EPA: Info on Indoor Air Pollution. https://www.epa.gov/learn-issues/air-resources#indoor

Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility: In Harm’s Way. Addresses toxic chemical influences on developmental disabilities and children. http://www.psr.org/chapters/boston/resources/in-harms-way.html

Environmental Law Institute: Healthier Schools: A Review of State Policies for Improving Indoor Air Quality. http://www.eli.org/research-report/healthier-schools-review-state-policies-improving-indoor-air-quality

American Lung Association: Healthy Air. Website with access to information on air quality, related diseases, and policies related to clean airhttp://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/

The Healthy Schools Network. A state-based advocate for the protection of children’s environmental health in schools. www.healthyschools.org

California Environmental Protection Agency. Website with information on how to better understand air pollution. http://www.arb.ca.gov/ch/educational/understanding_air_pollution.htm

Air & Water, Inc. Website with links to other sites on various topics on air pollution. http://www.air-n-water.com/air-pollution.htm

UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Website contains informtion about air pollution and its impact on infants and children. http://www.environment.ucla.edu/reportcard/article.asp?parentid=1700

A list of curriculum links, activities and lesson plans

EPA Tools for School: Resource, Curricula and Tools. Teacher’s resources for IAQ. http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/curricula.html

National Safety Council: Teacher’s Guide to Indoor Air Quality. The National Safety Council’s Environmental Health Center has developed the Teacher’s Guide to Indoor Air Quality. This is recommended for use with Tools for Schools. http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/environmental_health/eoha/pdf/teachgde.pdf

National Park Service: Air Quality Curriculum, Lesson Plans, and Resource Guides. http://www.nature.nps.gov/air/edu/docs/Curriculum_Info_Guide.pdf

Kids 4 Clean Air. Website contains information sheets for ages 5 to 11, to help learn about our planet’s air and mankind’s impact upon it. There are also a series of games and puzzles to help you learn and have some fun. http://www.clean-air-kids.org.uk/index.html

Information on Asthma

EPA: Asthma and Indoor Environments. Website for the Environmental Protection Agency with information about asthma and the environment and links to a variety of other asthma info. https://www.epa.gov/asthma/what-asthma

Pew Environmental Health Commission. Report called “Attack Asthma: Why America Needs a Public Health Defense System to Battle Environmental Threats.” To find, click on reports on the left side of screen. http://healthyamericans.org/reports/files/asthma.pdf

The American Lung Association. Contains more information on IAQ and how it relates to asthma. www.lungusa.org

Information about lead in schools

EPA: Testing Schools and Child Care Centers for Lead in the Drinking Water. https://www.epa.gov/dwreginfo/testing-schools-and-child-care-centers-lead-drinking-water

Information about mold in schools

Center for Disease Control. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/indoorenv/mold.html

EPA. https://www.epa.gov/mold

Information about diesel fumes and schools /Anti-Diesel idling policies

Natural Resources Defense Council: No Breathing in the Aisles. Information about diesel exhaust inside school buses. http://www.nrdc.org/air/transportation/schoolbus/sbusinx.asp 

EPA: Clean School Bus USA.  Sample anti-idling guidelines. https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-school-bus

EPA: Air Pollution and Kids. Fact sheet on diesel exhaust and idling. https://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyPURL.cgi?Dockey=9101NXMX.txt

EPA: Anti-idling efforts of New England states. https://www3.epa.gov/region1/eco/diesel/school_buses.html

Alternative fuel sources

EPA fact sheet on Clean Fuels: An Overview. https://www3.epa.gov/otaq/consumer/06-clean.pdf


Non-Toxic Products Resources

Environmentally Preferable Products Resources

GreenSeal.org. Website listing products that have met the Green Seal-37 standard and/or appear to meet the environmentally preferable cleaning product criteria developed by the Center for New American Dream’s cleaning product work group. http://www.greenseal.org/FindGreenSealProductsandServices/Products.aspx

Background Information on Toxics in Cleaning Products

Cleaning for Health: Products and Practices for a Safer Indoor Environment. Published http://www.healthyschools.org/ by Inform. http://www.informinc.org/pages/research/chemical-hazards-prevention/reports/104.html

Healthy Schools Network. Contact HSN to find out how to receive a copy of the Sanitzers and Disinfectants Guide.  http://www.healthyschools.org

Material Safety Data Sheet Resources

MSDS. A site produced by the Interactive Learning Paradigms, incorporated. http://www.ilpi.com/msds/faq/parta.html#whatis

University of Vermont Safety Information Resources. Website that allows you to search for MSDS’s by manufacturer. http://www.hazard.com/msds/index.php

Cleaning and Maintenance Practices and Health Impacts

Healthy School Environment and Enhanced Educational Performance. A case study of the renovation of Charles Young Elementary School in Washington, DC, that shows how improved environmental conditions led to improved health and academic performance. http://www.buildingwellness.com/assets/documents/020112_Charles_Young.pdf

Student Focused Sites

The Green Squad website has fact sheets for middle school students [See Green Flag Start up Kit]. http://www.laondaverde.org/greensquad/default.htm


Miscellaneous

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