The majority of US schools expose students to pesticides, cleaners, and building materials that contain hazardous chemicals. These chemicals can pose serious risks to the health of students, teachers, and staff. Half of schools in the US have poor indoor air quality, according to the US EPA. Schools use tons and tons of paper and loads of energy, often with considerable waste of resources.
The Green Schools Buying Guide can help school administrators, teachers, parents, students, and school board members make their schools healthier and reduce their overall environmental impact. The Guide pulls together information from a variety of sources to serve as a starting point for helping people navigate information about environmentally preferable products, brands, and sources.
You can click on the "Find Green Products" button at left to peruse the Guide and start buying green. And take a look at the articles below for more green purchasing ideas.