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A Case Study of Environmental, Health & Safety Issues Involving the Burlington, MA Public School System
Type: Case Study - Response Plans - Web site
Summary: This case study, prepared by Todd H. Dresser of the Burlington (MA) Board of Health, details an extensive review of environmental, and health and safety (EHS) issues involving the Burlington, Massachusetts public school system, which began in 1992. The case s...
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Cahuenga New Elementary School
Type: Case Study
Summary: The team of Los Angeles Unified School District and Fields Devereaux Architects and Engineers have joined to design a large urban elementary school for over 800 students. The high performance features incorporated into the design include stormwater controls;...
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El Segundo High School
Type: Case Study
Summary: El Segundo High School is an urban school in the Los Angeles area. The design of the new school will incorporate recycled building material, low-emitting materials and outdoor water conservation as well as energy efficient design.
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Ensuring the Health of Schools and Playgrounds
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Schools need to be environmentally healthy places for children to learn and where teachers and other school employees can work. This sit address toxic metals used in school and playground structures, school pesticides and playground toxins as well as schoolsi...
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Environmental Compliance and Best Management Practices Guidance Manual for K-12 Schools
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: This user-friendly manual is organized into typical school departments (administration, academic, facilities operation and maintenance, grounds, custodial, transportation, nursing and printing. Within each “unit” are the various programs. Within facilities ope...
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Environmental Virtual Campus
Type: Web site
Summary: Developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), this virtual campus uses an engaging, intuitive format to highlight potential environmental issues at nine campus areas, and provides compliance information and good management practices on a number...
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Gateway on Pesticide Hazards and Safe Management
Type: Web site
Summary: Beyond Pesticides has created a new database tool that is intended to provide decision and policy makers, practitioners and activists with easier access to current and historical information on pesticide hazards and safe pest management, drawing on and linking...
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Green Landscaping
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: Resources include proceedings from conferences, conservation and native landscaping awards, natural landscaping alternative slide show, sustainable landscaping slide show, natural lanscaping fact sheets,c ase studies and more. The "Ask The Wizard" answers freq...
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Green Roofs (and Plant Suggestions)
Type: Case Study - List - Web site
Summary: Bluestem Nursery provides valuable information on design of Green Roofs and plant selections for Green Roofs.
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Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Green Roofs for Healthy Cities' mission is to develop a multi-million dollar market for green roof infrastructure products and services in cities across North America in order to take full advantage of the multiple benefits of these proven technologies.GRHCC p...
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Green Schools Checklist: Environmental Actions for Schools to Consider (PDF)
Type: Checklist
Summary: This checklist offers tips and resources to help schools identify opportunities to “green” their buildings and operations, ranging from the solid waste they generate, to the indoor environment they provide, to the energy and supplies they consume. Emphasis has...
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Greenscaping Your Lawn and Garden
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This 8-page booklet describes simple techniques for reducing the environmental impacts of landscaping on lawn and property by grasscycling, mulching, and composting. Properly managing yard waste not only enhances the environment, but saves money. These suggest...
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Health and Safety Guide for K-12 Schools in Washington
Type: Checklist - List - Manual/Handbook
Summary: This guide's primary focus is to recommend good health and safety practices to help ensure safer schools in the state of Washington. It is not aimed at prevention intentional violence in schools. It shall jointly prepare a guide for use by department personn...
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How to Get Your Lawn & Garden off Drugs
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Non-Fiction

Authors, Rubin, Carole

ISBN 1-55017-320-0

The conflict between a pest-free lawn, vegetable patch or garden tears at environmentally conscious gardeners on an annual basis. This guide, while small (121 pages) offers val...

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Illinois Rain Garden Initiative
Type: Web site
Summary: The Illinois Rain Garden Initiative is an environmental initiative of the Lieutenant Governor's Office to help prevent flooding and improve stormwater management. As part of the initiative, schools across Illinois will plant rain gardens consisting entirely o...
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Introduction to Green Roofing
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Web site
Summary: Green roofs, also called "vegetated roof covers," "living roofs," or "eco-roofs," are thin layers of living plants that are installed on top of conventional roofs. Properly designed, they are stable, living ecosystems that replicate many of the processes found...
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IPM for Gardeners
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary:

Non-Fiction

Authors, Raymond A. Cloyd, Philip L. Nixon, and Nancy R. Pataky

ISBN 0-88192-647-7

IPM for Gardeners is a manual, first addressing the needs of plants, diseases and insects and other pests in the first thr...

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Native Plant Information Network
Type: Database - Fact sheet - Glossary - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: The resources provided by he LBJ Wildflower Center include a native plants database, complete with an image gallery of almost 17,000 images, a national suppliers director and a national organizations directory, and a clearinghouse of publications.
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Natural Landscaping Publications
Type: Article/Report - BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: This partial list of resources focuses on natural landscaping including resources (consultants) and publications appropriate for the Great Lakes region.
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Newport Coast Elementary School, Newport Beach, Showcase Project for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
Type: Case Study
Summary: The newest school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District has adopted design concepts for energy efficiency and sustainability while serving as an educational vehicle for incorporation of energy-conservation features into designs. The design team, working...
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Rain Garden Applications and Simple Calculations Power Point
Type: Article/Report - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - School Projects
Summary: This 16-slide power point presentation shows examples of rain gardens in communities and on residential property as well as some construction and calculations for planning a garden.
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Rain Garden Glossary
Type: Glossary
Summary: This is a non-technical glossary for rain gardens, including some biodiversity, landscaping and hydrology terminology.
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Rain Garden Network
Type: Glossary - Web site
Summary: Rain Garden Network is an organization that encourages homeowners to do what they can on their property and in their lives to protect the water quality of our lakes, rivers and streams from pollution and the damage done by stormwater runoff. Through a program...
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Rain Gardens Gardening with Water Quality in Mind
Type: School Projects
Summary: All about Rain Gardening including recent articles, suggested plants,and design considerations.
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Rain Gardens of West Michigan
Type: Web site
Summary: A project of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, the Rain Gardens of West Michigan web site provides a wealth of information on rain gardens, as well as step-by-step advice on creating your own rain garden. Benefits of rain gardens include reduced...
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Rain Gardens: A Household Way to Improve Water Quality in Your Community
Type: Fact sheet - School Projects
Summary: A basic introduction providing information on how rain gardens help protect water quality, and general step-by-step instructions on how to build a rain garden in your yard. (PDF Format; Length: 8 pages)
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Rain Gardens: A How-To Manual for Homeowners
Type: Manual/Handbook - School Projects
Summary: A detailed manual that covers rain garden sizing and siting, constructon details and planting and maintenance. Includes 11 conceptual planting designs with plant species lists. (PDF Format; Length: 32 pages)
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Ridgeview Elementary School, Peoria, Illinois
Type: Case Study
Summary: Phillips Swager Associates worked with the design committee from Ridgeview Elementary School to create an "advanced facility for educating our next generation." Green principles incorporated in this process included combinations of glass and translucent panel...
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San Pasqual Elementary
Type: Case Study
Summary: San Diego Unified School District worked with HMC Architects to design an elementary school with windows that take advantage of daylight and valley breezes thus reducing reliance on mechanical cooling. In the landscape design drought tolerant landscaping capt...
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School Ground Greening Guide, Ontario, Designing for Shade and Energy Conservation
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Manual/Handbook
Summary: This publication is the first in a series of EcoSchools greening guides that promote best practices on school grounds and in the classroom. This presents a five-step process the involves the entire school community. This 90-page resource is designed to help...
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Seacrest Upper School
Type: Case Study
Summary: Seacrest Upper School in Naples Florida has been designed to emphasize natural lighting and implement water conservation technology with rainwater harvesting and water efficient plumbing. The building will be constructed in multiple phases with phase one begin...
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Shady Rain Garden Plants for Wisconsin
Type: List
Summary: This is an interactive listing of shade tolerant plants appropriate for rain gardens in Wisconsin.
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Southeast Learning Center
Type: Case Study
Summary: Los Angeles Unified School District worked with the WLC architecture firm to embrace some neighborhood friendly concepts as well as energy efficient objectives. The district has provided bike lanes and racks,utilizes public transit but is within walking dista...
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The Pennsylvania Green Building Operations and Maintenance Manual
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: This manual for environmentally prefereable operation and maintenance of government buildings and associated grounds is designed to help carry out the state's Executive Order to incorporate environmentally sustainable practices into agency operations, includin...
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Truckee Middle School
Type: Case Study
Summary: School exceeds Title 24 (2001) by 20%; geothermal ground source heat pump system to heat and cool building, central boiler; low VOC materials and finishes; materials with high recycled content (steel frame, fly ash content concrete, etc.); dedicated recycling...
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Unidentified Inert Ingredients in Pesticides: Implications for Human and Environmental Health
Type: Article/Report
Summary: By statute or regulation in the United States and elsewhere, pesticide ingredients are divided into two categories: active and inert (sometimes referred to as other ingredients, adjuvants, or coformulants) . Despite their name, inert ingredients may be biologi...
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Water Wise Kids: A Growing Solution to Water Pollution
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Lessons and activities "invite kids to respect rain, ponder puddles and build healthy gardens to filter filth!" or to create rain gardens.
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WhatisIPM.org
Type: Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a term that pest professionals are familiar with; however, recent research conducted by the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA) reveals that to 62% of homeowners IPM still remains a mystery. Providing a consumer fri...
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Help Desk Questions

I am looking for information pertaining to native landscaping for southern Illinois. What type of wildflowers and other landscaping materials are native to the Mount Vernon region? I want to do a complete unit for my middle school science club on native landscaping.
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