Tag : Environmental Issues

Towards Healthy Schools: Reducing Risks to Children

Coalition for Healthier Schools, 2016. Healthy schools help children grow and learn. But providing children with healthy places to learn is too often an afterthought—or not thought of at all. School facilities have been neglected for decades. Towards Healthy Schools: Reducing Risks to Children is the fourth in a series…

The Many Shades of Green

By: Dr. G. Victor Hellman, Jr. Green buildings, green cleaning, school gardens, and green playgrounds are just a few of the prevalent concepts on the mind of education facility planners and many educational administrators. Just what is this green movement all about? How does a school or a district go…

The Smart School Siting Tool User Guide

Environmental Protection Agency (2015) School locations and community development are inextricably linked. School locations affect community land use patterns and infrastructure needs. Local land use, the location and capacity of road and utility networks, and community investments in economic development, housing, and other social programs affect school surroundings and learning…

Flint Is Not Alone: It’s Everyone’s Problem

By Dr. Linda Lemasters On December 2, 2015, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued a summary report on safe and unsafe blood lead levels in the children of Flint, Michigan.  Children with elevated lead levels more than doubled after a change in water sources.  At some point…

Framework for the analysis of the low-carbon scenario 2020 to achieve the national carbon Emissions reduction target: Focused on educational facilities

Koo, Kim, and Hong, 2014 Since the increase in greenhouse gas emissions has increased the global warming potential, an international agreement on carbon emissions reduction target (CERT) has been formulated in Kyoto Protocol (1997). This study aimed to develop a framework for the analysis of the low-carbon scenario 2020 to…

Beyond buildings: holistic sustainable outcomes for university buildings

Iyer-Raniga et al., 2015 The impact of climate change and adaptation pose huge challenges to the built environment. Educational institutions in particular, are faced with not just management of their built assets, but also future proofing their assets from a climate change and adaptation perspective as well as a learning…

Are Building Occupants Satisfied with Indoor Environmental Quality of Higher Education Facilities?

Asmar, Chokor, and Sroui, 2014 Balancing energy performance and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) performance has become a conventional tradeoff in sustainable building design. In recognition of the impact IEQ performance has on the occupants of educational facilities, universities are increasingly interested in tracking the performance of their buildings. This paper…

Biomonitoring – Lead

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2015 Lead is a naturally occurring metal used in the production of fuels, paints, ceramic products, batteries, solder, and a variety of consumer products. The use of leaded gasoline and lead based paint was eliminated or restricted in the United States beginning in the 1970s, resulting…

Biomonitoring Summary – Lead

CDC, 2013 Elemental lead is a soft, malleable, dense, blue-gray metal that occurs naturally in soils and rocks. Lead is most often mined from ores or recycled from scrap metal or batteries. Elemental lead can be combined with other elements to form inorganic and organic compounds, such as lead phosphate…

Is There Lead in Your Kid’s School Water? NBC Surveys 20 Big Cities

NBC News, 2016 The expert who blew the whistle on the Flint water crisis says the only way to protect the nation’s school children against lead in drinking water is regular testing of virtually every fountain or sink they might use during the day. But an NBC News survey of…