DPH: Healthy Environments in Connecticut Schools 

Healthy Environments in Connecticut Schools 

Poor indoor environmental quality in schools is a major public health issue both nationally and in Connecticut. Our Department has been working closely with other agencies and organization to address this problem. One important strategy has been to encourage schools to implement the Environmental Protection Agency's Tools for Schools program. 

The CT DPH, along with a number of agencies and organizations formed a consortium - Connecticut School Indoor Environment Resource Team - (CSIERT) - to promote the Tools for Schools Program.

More information on the CSIERT website.

Healthy Schools Day - April 8, 2014


{Green LEAF program logo} CT Green LEAF Schools

The Connecticut Green LEAF Schools program is a collaborative effort of the Connecticut Departments of Construction Services, Education, Energy and Environmental Protection and Public Health, as well as many Connecticut environmental and educational organizations created to promote green and healthy schools for all.


Making Schools Healthy for Students & Staff, School Business Affairs, 11/2012.    by Jack Levine, CT Association of School Business Officials

(This article originally appeared in the November 2012 School Business Affairs magazine and is reprinted with permission of the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). The text herein does not necessarily represent the views or policies of ASBO International, and use of this imprint does not imply any endorsement or recognition by ASBO International and its officers or affiliates.)

Tools for Improving your IAQ IQ, Science Scope, 11/2012.     Ken Roy, director of environmental health and safety, Glastonbury Public Schools

A Statewide Multiagency Intervention Model for Empowering Schools to Improve Indoor Environmental Quality, Journal of Environmental Health, 9/2011, Reprinted with permission from the Journal of Environmental Health, September 2011, (Volume 74, Number 2, pp. 8-15), a publication of the National Environmental Health Association, www.neha.org .

{TfS map}

Click on the map to view the Connecticut school districts that are implementing or planning to implement the Tools for Schools program. 

For More Information on Health Environments in Connecticut Schools, see the following Resources:

 Information for Teachers

Tools for Techs (Technical High Schools IEQ Program)

The Tools for Techs program was initiated with pilot funding from the American Federation of Teachers and the CT State Department of Education with two goals in mind:  the development of trade-specific checklists and the enhancement of the walkthrough training program so that teams from Technical High Schools could address the control of emissions from the technical trades.

Tools for Techs Program Information includes checklists for the following disciplines:

Automotive Collision Repair


Manufacturing Technology

Automotive Technology

Graphic Arts, Printing,& Photography



Hairdressing, Cosmetology & Barbering


Culinary Arts

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)


School Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Materials



Connecticut School Indoor Environment Resource Team Brochure

Indoor Air Quality Testing Should Not Be The First Move

School Laws and Regulations:

Public Act 03-220  - An Act Concerning Indoor Air Quality in Schools

Public Act 09-81 - An Act Concerning Green Cleaning Products in Schools

Summary of CT Laws on School Indoor Environmental Quality

Top 10 No or Low Cost IAQ Interventions


Connecticut IAQ TfS Success Stories  



School Environmental Health Topics





     {art supplies}     Arts & Crafts Safety in Schools

Clean Buses


Classroom Clutter

Reducing Pest Problems in Schools by Reducing Clutter


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