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Creating a Healthy School Environment Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3). AASA Urban and Rural Healthy Schools Coalition 19 May 2010. The Next 60 Minutes. Overview of SC3 program Key elements of SC3 program Moving toward Action Sharing insights and ideas Putting it all together.

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Creating a healthy school environment schools chemical cleanout campaign sc3

Creating a Healthy School EnvironmentSchools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3)

AASA Urban and Rural Healthy Schools Coalition

19 May 2010


The next 60 minutes
The Next 60 Minutes

  • Overview of SC3 program

  • Key elements of SC3 program

  • Moving toward Action

  • Sharing insights and ideas

  • Putting it all together


Sc3 goals
SC3 Goals

  • Remove outdated, unknown and unneeded chemicals from K-12 schools.

  • Raise awareness of chemical issues in schools and promote sustainable solutions.

  • Prevent future mismanagement through training, curriculum change, and long-term solutions.


Creating a healthy school environment schools chemical cleanout campaign sc3

Imminent Risk

Nitric Acid + Cyanide

Unknown, Unintended Chemical Reactions

Potential

Incidents

Imminent Risk

if water level drops ½ inch spontaneously ignites



It s all about teamwork
It’s All About Teamwork!

Administrators, teachers, community members, facilities personnel, industry partners

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School benefits
School Benefits

Are many!


Partner benefits
Partner Benefits

  • Pride and satisfaction from improving school health and safety;

  • Enhanced image as community leader;

  • Local and federal recognition;

  • Organizational visibility.



Remember
Remember:

  • Every school is unique!

  • Build on existing healthy school environments programs.

  • Find the solutions that fit your needs.


Getting started helpful tools and resources
Getting Started: Helpful Tools and Resources

  • www.epa.gov/SC3

    • SC3 Video: Safe Chemical Management in Your School

    • SC3 Workbook: Building Successful Programs to Address Chemical Risks in Schools

    • Green Cleaning Fact Sheet

    • Building Successful Programs to Address Chemicals in Schools: State Summaries

    • Success Stories

    • Comprehensive Partner Page


For more information
For More Information

Kristina Meson

US EPA

Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery

(703) 308-8848

Meson.kristina@epa.gov


Creating a healthy school environment schools chemical cleanout campaign sc3

  • What do you have in place now through your TfS program (or otherwise) that will allow you to take steps toward a responsible chemical management program in your school/school district?  

  • (2)  What do you still need and challenges you will face in designing and implementing an SC3 component into your TfS program?

  • (3)  What steps can you take when you return home to move toward incorporating SC3 activities into your TfS program?


The power of partnerships

The Power of Partnerships otherwise) that will allow you to take steps toward a responsible chemical management program in your school/school district?  

Grandview School District

Grandview, MO

2009


Case study grandview sc3 project
Case Study: Grandview SC3 Project otherwise) that will allow you to take steps toward a responsible chemical management program in your school/school district?  

  • Grandview C-4 School District in Grandview, MO

    • Middle School

      • 576 students (2009)

      • 67% Free/Reduced Lunch

    • High School

      • 1, 201 students (2009)

      • 57% Free/Reduced Lunch

  • Project implemented under the President’s United We Serve (UWS) Summer Service Initiative

  • Project focused on the SC3 Workbook’s 5 Steps to a Safer Schools through Responsible Chemical Management.


Case study grandview sc3 project1
Case Study: Grandview SC3 Project otherwise) that will allow you to take steps toward a responsible chemical management program in your school/school district?  

The project satisfied three goals:

Encourage Volunteerism

Create a Healthier Learning Environment

Encourage New Partnerships


Case study grandview sc3 project2
Case Study: Grandview SC3 Project otherwise) that will allow you to take steps toward a responsible chemical management program in your school/school district?  

  • Encourage Volunteerism

    • The project team consisted of industry, higher education, trade associations, student, teacher, and school administration volunteers.


Case study grandview sc3 project3
Case Study: Grandview SC3 Project otherwise) that will allow you to take steps toward a responsible chemical management program in your school/school district?  

  • Create a Healthier Learning Environment

    • Volunteers removed close to 500 pounds of chemicals from the middle and high school, including:

      • Toxics

      • Flammables

      • Explosives

      • Caustics

        (High hazard chemical ethyl ether was removed from one school)

    • Schools committed to begin implementing sustainable practices in the classroom and throughout the district, including training teachers and staff


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Case Study: Grandview SC3 Project otherwise) that will allow you to take steps toward a responsible chemical management program in your school/school district?  

  • Encourage New Partnerships

    • Two new SC3 partnerships resulted from the Grandview project:

      • Ash Grove Cement Company

      • Cadence Environmental Energy

    • The project’s success inspired several partners to encourage their other sites to get involved in their local schools