Resources on Environment and Health for School Administrators

Guide to Less Toxic Products

Health Canada: Indoor Air Quality – Tools for Schools Action Kit

CASLE has produced streamlined checklists for this Kit. Available on its website:

Canadians for A Safe Learning Environment (CASLE)

(numerous resources including information on choosing classroom and art supplies, scent-smart management plan, pest control, air filters, ventilation and air quality testing, modified Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit)

Healthy School Design and Construction, and its Appendix:

Why Children are More Vulnerable to Environmental hazards:

Where Do I Start? Essential Guide to School Air Quality:

The Seven Sins of Greenwashing

Less Toxic Art Materials Information:

  1. McCann, Michael, Phd., CIH, Artist Beware: The Hazards and Precautions of Working with Art and Craft Materials. New York, Watson & Guptill Publishing.
  2. Art materials and information: The Art and Creative Materials Institute at


The Big Five: method for determining environmental impacts on health and performance:


QUEESI test: A scientifically verified method of determining links between indoor environments and health symptoms. Go to:


We Share the Air: Dalhousie University Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety


New Brunswick Lung Association Healthy School Program Vehicle-Idle-free Schools see


Women’s Health Matters, Environmental Health Centre at


Healthy Indoors Partnership, Buyers Guide for Professionals and Consumers


Healthy School Handbook, published by the U.S. National Education Association, is highly recommended reading. To order, call (202)822-7252. Give stock number 1863-X-20-E.


Indoor Air Quality in Schools, The Material Specification Guide, and other publication from the Cutter Corporation. (617) 648-8700.


Chemical Exposures: Low Levels and High Stakes. Ashford & Miller, NY Van Nostrand & Reinhold, 1998.


Healthy Schools Day in Canada – Journée des écoles saines du Canada Register your project on the Healthy Schools Day’s Project Registry at


Safe Renovation for Schools:

US EPA, Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades. 2015


Mold Remediation:

Health Canada’s guidelines:


AIHA Facts About Mold:


Canadian Construction Association, Mould Guidelines:


“Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation of Fungi in Indoor Environments” (otherwise known as “the New York Protocol”) advises against antimicrobial use. For instruction on antimicrobial treatments, see page 9 of the executive summary on


Mould Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings:


NIOSH alert: Preventing Occupational Respiratory Disease from Exposures Caused by Dampness in Office Buildings, Schools, and Other Nonindustrial Buildings. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. November, 2012.


Pest Control:

Pesticide Research and Alternatives at

Steve Tvedten’s Best Control Site: Or,

Pest Control in the School Environment. Texas Structural Pest Control Board, P.O. Box 9536-172, Austin, Texas. Prepared In conjunction with the US EPA.


Children’s Environmental Health