Make It Happen
1.2 million students spend their days in K-12 schools across Washington State. You can ensure they gain the skills and hands-on learning opportunities needed to be successful leaders. Our state depends upon the next generation… And Washington Green Schools is working with you to give them the tools they need to succeed.
Exposure to certain chemicals and allergens in school can cause or worsen asthma in children. It’s therefore critical that schools control indoor air pollution and use safe, environmentally-friendly alternatives to school supplies, soaps, and cleaners that contain toxic chemicals.
Ideas for a Lasting Change
Establish a hand-washing program. Improve hand-washing procedures through an educational campaign. Replace antibacterial spray with an all-natural, environmentally-friendly alternative.
Improve air circulation in classrooms. Remove objects blocking vents and inform teachers. Develop and use a tracking method to solve air quality and health complaints.
Purchase food from local vendors or grow your own. Ensure that vendors provide pesticide-free produce and locally grown fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Use a school garden to grow produce and teach students about healthy food choices.
- EPA lesson plans for health and indoor pollutants
- Resources for creating safer science labs
- School Indoor Air Quality Best Management Practices Manual
- EPA tools for improving indoor air quality in schools
- Grant opportunities to create healthier school environments
- Facts on pesticide use in schools
- Tour the Bullitt Center to see a green building in action
- Play Airway Invaders to learn about indoor air pollutants
- Meet the Scrub Club and learn about germs and washing your hands
- Play Zombie College to learn about safety in the science lab
- Find interesting facts about indoor air pollution
- Tour a house to find and learn about household chemicals