Nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese, while only one-third of high school students get the recommended levels of physical activity. Obesity in children and teens may lead to: Heart disease Type 2 diabetes Asthma Schools that are safe and easy for children to reach on foot or by bicycle can help students: Reach the recommended goal of 60 minutes of physical activity every day Arrive at school energized & ready to learn Leave the car behind & reduce dependence on fossil fuels Take an active role in their well-being 3
8 Percentage of Secondary Schools that Implemented School-based Asthma Management Activities 47 States, 2008 ActivityRange %Median % Had adopted a policy stating that students are permitted to carry and self-administer asthma medications 46.3% to 88.6%76.5% Had a full-time registered nurse who provided health services to students 3.8% to 99.1%40.2% Had an asthma action plan for all students with known asthma 27.0% to 77.3%46.1% Tried to increase student knowledge on asthma awareness as part of a required course 25.8% to 76.4%47.0% Lead health education teacher received staff development on asthma awareness 8.8% to 48.8%17.3% Source: CDC (http:// www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/asthma /). 8
9 An average of one out of every 10 school-age child has asthma. Asthma is a leading cause of school absenteeism. Each year, 10.5 million school days are missed due to asthma. In addition to medical treatment, asthma can be controlled by managing environmental triggers in schools including: Pest Mold and moisture Chemical exposures Dust mites School bus diesel exhaust Childhood Asthma 9
11 Childrens Exposures are Different Mean Intake mg/day-kg Source: U.S. EPA. Child-Specific Exposures Factor Handbook 2008. Children Eat More Food – Different Varieties 11
12 Childrens Exposures are Different U.S. EPA. Child-Specific Exposures Factor Handbook 2008. 12
13 Source: NRC (National Research Council). Green Schools: Attributes for Health and Learning (2006).
14 Healthy School Environments While no two schools are identical, the following are broad categories of environmental health issues that all schools need to address to ensure that school environments are healthy and promote high achievement by students and staff: Implement Clean Smart Practices; Maintain Dry Facilities; Properly Manage Chemicals and Contaminants; Maintain Good Indoor Air Quality; and Implement an Integrated Pest Management Program 14
15 Academic Achievement In addition to costs and energy savings, the benefits of establishing clean, green and healthy school environments include: Healthy Students & Increased Academic Performance Improved health and decreased absenteeism of both students and teachers Positive impact on the students' ability to perform mental tasks requiring concentration (e.g., addition, multiplication, and sentence comprehension) Higher scores on standardized tests 15
16 Academic Achievement Source: Shaughnessy et al. (2005).
18 Energy Efficiency 18 School Energy Team Activity Marion County Schools 2010-2011 Energy Savings
19 Cost Savings Small investments made towards making classrooms more conducive to learning through lighting, climate control, ventilation, and acoustic upgrades can yield even greater cost savings. The benefits of building green, healthy, and sustainable schools include: Cost Savings Decreased school spending in areas such as electricity, gas, water, and facility maintenance – Energy Star buildings typically save 35% or more as compared to average similar buildings – Energy star leaders are saving between 10-60% on their energy use district wide Helps schools avoid costly cleanups and remediation that result from chemical spills or mold and mildew damage – Individual school districts have incurred costs from $200,000 to $13 million for remediating mold and mildew damage 19
20 Best Practices Many measures, such as establishing protocols and best practices for school facility managers and occupants, can be implemented with little to no upfront costs, yet, can significantly improve the environmental health of students and staff. For example, Increasing ventilation rates to meet ASHRAE standards can improve student performance and reduce the transmission of airborne infections Modest changes in room temperature (e.g., 77ºF to 68ºF) can have a positive impact on the students' ability to perform mental tasks requiring concentration Existing schools can become greener by targeting energy efficiency in school operations and maintenance, reducing energy bills by 5% to 20% 20
21 EPA Guidance EPA has been mandated to issue two sets of voluntary guidelines to help states, tribes and territories address school environmental health issues. 1.Siting Guidelines(Scheduled to be finalized Fall 2011) – Guidance to help school districts and community members in evaluating environmental factors to make the best possible school siting/location decisions 2.School Environmental Health Program Guidelines (Will post for public comment late 2011 and finalized Spring 2012) – Guidance to help states, tribes, and territories establish and sustain K-12 school environmental health programs to support school districts and schools in creating healthy learning environments 21
22 Educational Facility Managers All children deserve a safe and healthy environment in which to learn and grow. CEFPI members can help by: Continuing to create green, healthy and sustainable school facilities that address environmental health issue and promote student achievement. Encouraging sustainability through flexible smart growth approaches that support schools as the centers of communities. Providing feedback and comments on how EPA can help implement the School Environmental Health guidelines and the Siting Guidelines. 22
23 Contact Peter Grevatt, Ph.D. Director, Office of Children's Health Protection U.S. EPA 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Mail Code 1107-T Washington, DC 20460 phone: 202-564-8954; email: firstname.lastname@example.org@epa.gov 23
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25 References NCEF (National Clearinghouse for Education Facilities). Green Schools as High Performance Learning Facilities. Washington D.C.: National Institute of Building Sciences; 2010:16. NRC (National Research Council). Green Schools: Attributes for Health and Learning. Washington D.C.: The National Academies;2006. Sahakian N, Choe, K., White, S., Jones, R. NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Report: Hilton Head Elementary School, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 2003. Scheel C, Rosing, W., Farone, A. Possible sources of sick building syndrome in a Tennessee middle school. Archives of Environmental Health: An International Journal. 2001;56(5):413-417. Shaughnessy R, Haverinen-Shaughnessy, U., Nevalainen, A., Moschandreas, D. A preliminary study on the association between ventilation rates in classrooms and student performance. Indoor Air. 2006;16(6):465-468.
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