Resources on environmental health for the new school year
Will Maryland's Children Receive Environmental Health Protections This School Year?
This month, we offer you updates and resources on environmental health for the new school year.
Since the passage of Maryland’s green cleaning in public schools law in 2012, we have worked to implement this environmental health protection. Today we are pleased to share that all of Maryland's 24 school districts have access to green cleaning products, and 22 school districts have implemented or are reviewing local green cleaning policies.
Below, we offer resources to support healthier schools in Maryland. For resources on healthier child care, be sure to check out The Children's Environmental Health Network's Eco Healthy Child Care program. Maryland will receive a second training on the EHCC program this month.
Whether you're a parent, a pediatrician, a healthcare advocate or any other advocate on behalf of students, we hope this school year is full of learning opportunities and increased environmental health protections.
We are excited to announce that 22 of Maryland's 24 school districts have implemented a green cleaning policy! This news comes less than a year after launching a peer learning network, in partnership with the Maryland State Dept. of Education, for public schools on implementing toxics protections.
Prior to launching the peer learning network, only 2 school districts in the state had fully implemented Maryland's green cleaning law that went into effect in July 2014. We applaud the tremendous work of school districts across the state as they work to continue to expand EH protections for all students and staff.
Maryland Schools Well Represented at National Green Clean Schools Summit
Marylanders represented 30% of the total attendees at this year's National Green Clean Schools Leadership Summit, hosted by the Healthy Schools Campaign with partners including MdEHN.
The Healthy Schools Campaign offers resources like tip sheets and model policies to support schools.
The Summit featured one of the MdEHN School District Environmental Health Champions: Howard County Public Schools. Our other Champion, Montgomery County Public Schools, will be featured on a webinar in partnership with EPA (Region 3) on Sep. 20th at 12:30 PM.
The report reviews the status of environmental health protections in every state's schools and provides updated data on children at risk from lead in school drinking water, from proximity to hazardous facilities, and identifies states that failed to respond to federal requests for how they are handling asbestos management in schools.