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Mercury in Schools Workshop

Organization(s) Environmental Protection Agency - Region 2
Project Description On March 23, 2002, Steve Brachman (University of Wisconsin-Extension, Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center) and Steve Skavroneck (Pollution Prevention Partnership) led a workshop titled on "Mercury In Your School and the Community" at the Science Council of New York City Annual Conference at South Shore High School in Brooklyn, NY. Approximately 30-50 science teachers were expected to attend the workshop. EPA Region 2 gave away mercury-free thermometers to the first 30 educators that sign up for the workshop. Educators were also invited to bring their mercury thermometers to the workshop for proper disposal and recycling.

The Region's participation in this workshop was made possible via funds provided from the EPA Headquarters Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxic Substances (OPPTS). EPA OPPTS provided funding to EPA Region 5 in 2000 to support the development of a website and curriculum focused on mercury in schools. The module was developed and piloted in the mid-west via an EPA Region 5 grant to the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Pollution Prevention Partnership. Module topics include: the basics of mercury, how it is released to the environment from human activities (including ritualistic uses), health issues and unique properties of mercury. Activities include case studies of mercury contamination; mercury sources, mercury audits in school, at home, and in the community; mercury in fish; and community action projects. EPA Region 2 formed an ad hoc cross-divisional mercury team for the purpose of tailoring the module and activities to the needs and issues within New York and New Jersey. The goal of this long-term regional effort is to eliminate the use of mercury and mercury containing products in schools. Team members will incorporate the module into on going EPA program, such as Tools-for-Schools, asthma and asbestos outreach and other mercury outreach initiatives. The team is already working to pilot the module at other regional events and will utilize existing partnerships to leverage outreach and networking opportunities.

More Info www.epa.gov/glnpo/bnsdocs/merccomm/
Project Contact
Name Marcia Seidner
Phone 212-637-3584
Project Keywords
Activity Keywords Training/workshops
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 12 No. 1, Spring 2002 [PDF]


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