Protecting Public Health and the Environment.

How Your School Can Prevent Pollution

Many pollution prevention opportunities are available to schools.  Below is a list of some things schools can do:

  • Purchase less toxic cleaning supplies.
  • Use double-sided copies.  Set all computers to print double sided.
  • Join the Clean Air Zone Program and actively encourage parents to adhere to the signs by no idling.
  • Use energy-efficient fluorescent lights and properly recycle them when they are spent.
  • Start an alternative transportation program at school to encourage biking, walking, or carpooling. 
  • Turn off lights when not in use.
  • Use recycled products and other environmentally friendly products.
  • Plug holes and caulk windows to stop heat loss.
  • Lower the thermostat during unoccupied hours.
  • Turn off all machines when not in use.
  • Fix leaks in faucets and pipes.
  • Only run the dishwasher when it is full.
  • Use water-efficient and native landscaping.
  • Water school grounds in the morning or in the evening to prevent evaporation.  Do not over water.
  • Use a minimal amount of fertilizers and pesticides and follow directions.  Find natural alternatives if possible.
  • Use non-chemical pest control methods such as swatters for insects and mechanical traps for mice.
  • Use integrated pest management
  • Start a Chemical Roundup Program to properly dispose of old and potentially hazardous materials and prevent the accumulation of chemicals in the future.