Act 125 - School Environmental Health

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Act 125 was passed into law by the 2000 Vermont General Assembly with the goal to improve school indoor air quality, reduce hazardous exposures, and help schools earn the Certificate of Achievement for Environmental Health in Schools.

Act 125 is one of a kind in the nation, setting standards that:

Public Information Clearinghouse

Act 125 was based, in part, on the fact that, while “information on least-toxic and nontoxic materials, non-chemical pest control methods and appropriate maintenance practices and standards is widely available through governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and professional societies,” it was “not readily accessible through a single information source.”

As a result of Act 125 the Departments of Health, Education, and Buildings and General Services worked together to create this website to serve as an information clearinghouse for schools to find:

Envision Program

The Envision Program will give schools the tools, training, technical assistance, and referrals to earn the annual Certificate of Achievement while improving their school environment. The ENVISION program legislation intended that:

Assistance is also offered to schools, including links to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools, which we recommend as a model for Vermont schools. The model uses no cost or low cost solutions to indoor air quality problems.

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Act 125 Advisory Panel

The Legislature identified organizations who would serve as members of an Act 125 Advisory Panel. The Panel charge was to advise the Department of Health about implementation of a model plan and policy, identifying barriers, and discussing options for schools to use the best practices.

Act 125 Advisory Panel Members

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Teachers and Students

Teachers and students can get involved with school environmental health management planning. The Association of Vermont Recyclers offers teachers resourde guides for recycling education in the classroom.

Students can also check out an interactive learning tool, ToxTown, to find out more about health issues and the environment. (make sure to download the Flash Player plug-in, available on the Toxtown site, to view the interactive town).

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