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Environmental Risks in Schools

The Government Accountability Office’s last report determined that the average age of the main instructional building(s) of public schools was 40 years old.

Whether a school district is renovating a school, building a new facility or maintaining existing buildings, there are many environmental factors that contribute to poor air quality, as well as impact individual health. Some of these impacts include cleaning supplies, mold, building renovations, bus idling, maintenance equipment, pesticides, or radon.

Asthma is a leading chronic illness among children and adolescents (1 in 10) in the United States and is one of the leading causes of school absenteeism, so these environmental risks, particularly the quality of the air, greatly impact our children's education.

An estimated 50% of the nation’s schools have problems linked to poor indoor air quality. Indoor air quality can negatively affect children’s ability to consistently attend school and learn.

Healthy Schools PA, a program of Women for a Healthy Environment, was created to address environmental risk factors in the school environment and to provide solutions that result in a healthy setting, one in which children can thrive and learn, free from toxins.

To learn more about this program, visit our website at