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Chemical Cleanout of Schools

Proper management of hazardous chemicals found in K-12 schools, combined with various P2 techniques can ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for students, teachers, and school staff and protect the surrounding environment.

NEWMOA initiated a “Chemical Cleanout in Schools” Project at the request of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) in 2006. The goal of the Project was to teach school officials how to reduce and eliminate harmful chemicals, including mercury and mercury-containing equipment, found in science classrooms at K-12 schools. During the Project, NEWMOA developed a workshop curriculum and presentation focused on mercury reduction for schools; helped to deliver a series of half-day workshops to schools and education officials in New York State, and prepared a presentation on “Conducting a Full Chemical Cleanout.” This presentation was offered as part of a “train-the-trainer” program for New York State environmental officials and education representatives.

This Project was funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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