Healthy Schools Program

Mission

The Healthy Schools Program seeks to provide technical assistance to Rhode Island schools to implement the Environmental Protection Agency Tools for Schools Program, to address indoor air quality and environmental issues in educational settings.

2012 Accomplishments and Milestones

  • Expanded collaboration and coordination made with the Department of Education to identify and prioritize participating schools.
  • Established functioning Tools for Schools programs in East Providence, Providence, North Providence and East Greenwich.
  • Along with the RI Department of Education and Apeiron Institute for Sustainable living, established the Rhode Island Sustainable School Summit, held at Nathan Bishop School, one of Providence Public School’s energy efficient green buildings. Sessions included: Enhancing indoor air quality for better learning; school green teams and action plans; environmental education and literacy; energy efficiency and conservation; and school gardens/healthy local food systems.
  • Program staff recruited to serve on the selection committee of the RI Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award Program. This national recognition award honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impacts and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education. Classical High School and Nathan Bishop Middle School were 2 of 78 schools in 29 states that were selected for this prestigious environmental award.