Presentation on theme: "Illinois Waste Management and Research Center. WMRC’s Mission Our mission is to conserve natural resources, reduce waste and increase economic viability."— Presentation transcript:
WMRC’s Mission Our mission is to conserve natural resources, reduce waste and increase economic viability by providing Illinois businesses, institutions and citizens with information, research, innovative technologies and technical assistance.
Greening Schools’ Mission Greening Schools project is a state governmental effort designed to assist schools with: Improving physical environmental conditions Providing standards-based tools to introduce concepts of waste reduction and pollution prevention.
Greening Schools Students Teachers Facility Managers Other Staff Parents Administrators
Greening School Resources Outreach On-site workshops and reviews Green Chemistry & Art Health and Safety Educator Workshops & Demonstrations Mercury When Fun Turns into Danger Greening Your Lessons assistance Biblioresources
Greening School Benefits Include Lowered operating costs Increased safety and environmental health at school for students and staff Professional development credits and administrator credits Improved learning conditions Set an example of environmental responsibility and sustainable behavior
Why does Greening Schools exist? Every school faces different environmental challenges but many of the same constraints
Constraints include: Limited funding Rising energy and maintenance costs Lack of resources and technical assistance Lack of time to research resources
Indoor Air Quality Indoor air quality continues to be a growing concern. Strategies that can minimize indoor air quality problems include:
Indoor Air Quality Simple Improvement Techniques Using low-emission maintenance and cleaning supplies Adopting anti-idling policies for buses Cleaning spills immediately
Pest Control & IPM Encourage IPM strategies Monitoring Identification IPM Plan
Greening Schools also provides : Workshops for the arts instructors Fact sheets Access to grants and funding opportunities Checklists Standards-based lesson plans Curricula and activities All related to waste reduction, pollution prevention and energy efficiency.
Greening Schools Grants Semi-competitive – Two grants for each type of project – First come, first served basis Up to $2,500 available Public and Private K-12 schools
On-site workshops and reviews Safe Chemicals in Education for teachers Workshop with Illinois EPA and Illinois WMRC Keeping Schools Healthy and Safe with IEPA for custodians Energy audits and assessments Safe Art Classroom Workshops
Greening Your Lessons www.greeningschools.org Resources for teachers……..
Art America Recycles Day Awards Biology Green Roofs Rain Gardens Chemistry Green Chemistry Composting Consumer Education Earth Day Elementary Middle School High School Educator Resources Chemistry Environmental Language Arts Energy Bio Mass Energy Conservation Efficiency Electricity Geo Thermal Energy Hydro Energy Nuclear Ocean Renewable Solar Energy Wind Energy Health Education History and Social Studies Industrial Arts/Vocational Classes Integrated Pest Management Life Cycle Analysis Map Resources Math Physics Pollution Prevention (General) Air Quality Mercury Fund Raising Opportunities Recycling and Reuse Schoolyard Projects Special Education Theater and Performing Arts Waste Reduction Water Water Conservation Issues Rain Gardens From GreeningSchools.org (Greening your Lessons)
Green Your Building www.greeningschools.org Resources for administrators……..
Alternative Energy Sources Awards for Achievement Athletic Facilities Cafeteria/Food Service Chemical Management Consumer Information Daylighting Energy Efficiency Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Green Building/High Performance Schools Case Studies Green Roofs Groundskeeping/Landscaping Health Education Indoor Air Quality Integrated Pest Management Janitorial Supplies Laboratories Mercury Mold Pest Management Pollution Prevention Product Life Cycle Analysis Recycling Theater and Performing Arts Transportation Waste Reduction Water Conservation Water Quality From GreeningSchools.org (Green Your Building)
Biblioresources www.greeningschools.org --Reference, text, handbook, non- fiction & fiction --Videos & virtual tours --Reviews of new releases
WMRC’s Library Contributes to the Biblioresources Is a Clearinghouse for Pollution Prevention and Waste Management Resources Can be reached at 217-333-8957 or email@example.com