Clean, Green, & Healthy Schools

Introduction

What is a School Environmental Health Program?

School environmental health is the way the physical environment of school buildings and school grounds influence the overall health and safety of occupants. School environments can impact occupant health, absenteeism, employee/student retention and satisfaction, academic performance, and operation costs for the school. Children are more vulnerable to environmental exposures because they eat and drink more, relative to their body weight, than adults, their body systems are still developing, and their behaviors put them at greater risk, such as hand-to-mouth action and playing on the ground.

The New York State Clean, Green, and Healthy Schools Program is designed to help all school employees, volunteers, students, parents, and guardians contribute to improving their school's environmental health. The program has been developed by a multi-disciplinary Steering Committee to help schools improve their environmental health through voluntary guidelines. Schools that participate in this program gain the opportunity and knowledge to create schools with better environmental health. The program provides information for all school occupants on policies, best practices, tools, knowledge, and resources in nine main areas:

  1. Indoor Air Quality;
  2. Energy and Resource Conservation;
  3. Integrated Pest Management;
  4. Mold and Moisture;
  5. Chemical and Environmental Hazards;
  6. Cleaning and Maintenance;
  7. Transportation;
  8. Construction/Renovation;
  9. Water Quality.

Materials and information throughout this website will assist you in taking appropriate action. You may access the resources on this website through a topic list or by specific audience interest. Much of the information is cross-linked between these two sections.

Hot Topics: Free Pilot Program for Schools

The New York State Clean, Green, and Healthy Schools Program is enrolling schools in a free pilot program to create safer and healthier learning and working environments for all students and staff across New York State. We are looking for schools that would like to be a part of this pilot program and improve the environmental health of their school through low or no cost actions.

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If you have questions, please email CGHSchools@health.ny.gov.

Steering Committee

The role of the Steering Committee is to help shape and guide the Clean, Green, and Healthy Schools Program. This is a collaborative effort among state and federal agencies, as well as a number of non-government organizations representing a variety of interests related to New York State schools.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments regarding the New York State Clean, Green, and Healthy Schools Program, feel free to email us at CGHSchools@health.ny.gov.