252017 EPA Voluntary guidelines for siting of school facilities

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 9:24 AM

Catherine Davis, MS , Office of Children's Health Protection, US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
Bob Axelrad , Indoor Environments Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
Under Section 504 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, EPA is required to issue voluntary guidelines for the siting of school facilities that take into account the special vulnerabilities of children, modes of transportation, energy efficiency, and the use of the school as an emergency shelter. EPA worked with a number of stakeholder groups to develop draft guidelines that were released for public comment in November 2010. The guidelines are designed to assist communities in developing new school siting procedures, or re-evaluating existing procedures, to ensure that environmental considerations are addressed in an open and transparent process in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for children. This presentation will address the chief considerations in siting a new school, from the initial decision of whether to rehab an existing facility or build a new structure, through establishment of an effective public involvement program, criteria for selecting sites, and the critical steps in conducting an environmental review of potential on-site or nearby environmental health risks. The presentation will provide an overview of the objectives, process, content, major issues raised during the comment period, and the current status of the guidelines.

Learning Areas:
Environmental health sciences
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Explain the intent, scope, and current status of EPA's voluntary school siting guidelines.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I led the work to revise and finalize EPA’s School Siting Guidelines.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.