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The principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done.                                     - Jean Piaget (1896-1980) Swiss cognitive psychologist.


September 2010
  • Scotts Manufacturing Company to Pay $148,388 Penalty for Hazardous Waste Issues at Fort Madison, Iowa, Facility(EPA) "Scotts has also agreed to spend at least $30,000 on a project to identify, remove and safely dispose of obsolete chemicals and hazardous wastes from selected schools in Fort Madison. This project will also facilitate the creation or enhancement of school policies and practices to prevent unnecessary accumulations of chemicals, and will educate faculty and staff on best practices, policies and procedures to incorporate into their chemical management program."
May 2010 

March 2010
  • 3/3/2010 District to begin using hybrid buses (The Post and Courier) N.C. "The hybrid assigned to Charleston will serve Chicora School of Communications, Morningside Middle and North Charleston High. Education officials worked with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and considered environmental and air quality conditions when deciding where to place buses."

February 2010

  • 2/14/2010 Portsmouth schools eye plan to improve air quality ( "PORTSMOUTH — It's not easy being green, but that's the goal of city schools as they aim to be part of the NH Healthy Schools Program, a grant program of the NH Partners for Healthy Schools."
  • 2/4/2010  Columbia Awards USA TODAY Reporters Environmental Journalism Award (USAToday)  "An investigative piece into toxic air around America's schools has garnered a 2009 John B. Oakes Award for two USA TODAY reporters. . . "By yoking the locations of private and pubic schools around the country with an EPA model for tracking toxic chemicals, the reporters identified hundreds of schools where children seemed to be at risk," said the judges' citation. "As a result, the EPA and local environmental agencies began to do what they should have been doing for years: paying attention to the environment in which our children live and learn."
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009