Envision Program: Best Practices and Resources for Schools

Poor indoor air quality in schools has been linked to decreased student and teacher performance and increased absenteeism. The Envision Program best practices are intended to provide school administrators, nurses, maintenance and building services staff with tools to use when planning for renovations, preventative maintenance, pest management and control, monitoring of drinking water, and other building activities. These best practices may reduce the scope of potential environmental health problems identified by the Legislature under Act 125.

Learn about the Envision Program

Green Cleaning

Green cleaning programs rely on the use of environmentally sensitive chemical products and high performance cleaning equipment. Green cleaning products and equipment clean as effectively as traditional products, while lessening harmful impacts on people’s health and the environment.

In 2012, the Vermont General Assembly passed Act 68, requiring commercial vendors to sell only third-party certified environmentally preferable cleaning products to schools. An effective green cleaning program requires specialized cleaning products, equipment and procedures.


Below are resources to support you in incorporating best practices into your school's Environmental Health Management Plan.




Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality in Schools

Resources from the EPA including indoor air quality best practices, understanding benefits, healthy school renovations, managing indoor air quality, and more.

Indoor Air Quality

Tools for Schools Action Kit

This kit from the EPA shows schools how to carry out a practical plan to improve indoor air problems at little- or no-cost using straightforward activities and in-house staff.


Vermont Asthma Program

Learn about what causes asthma, how it can be managed, and how to create an Asthma Action Plan.


Vermont School Health Program

Find out about collaborations with school personnel and statewide education leadership and the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model.

Green Cleaning

The Basics of Green Cleaning

This manual outlines products and equipment in green cleaning, disinfectants/sanitizers, cleaning methods/practices, worker safety, and more.

Green Cleaning

Green Cleaning Products Law Summary

Review the requirements of Act 68, which relates to the protection of students’ health by requiring the use of safe cleaning product.

Green Cleaning

Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Contractors List

Search the State’s list of contractors to purchase environmentally preferable cleaning products.

Green Cleaning

Green Cleaning Myths Video

This video from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection educates school employees and parents about the hazards of common cleaning products while showing the benefit and effectiveness of using green cleaners.

Green Cleaning

Green Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting Toolkit

This toolkit is from Informed Green Solutions with lots of resources, posters and fact sheets.

Integrated Pest Management and Control


Information on pesticides from the EPA.

Integrated Pest Management and Control

Integrated Pest Management

The EPA’s introduction to integrated pest management principles and benefits.

Integrated Pest Management and Control

Integrated Pest Management Principles

The EPA’s description of integrated pest management principles and how integrated pest management programs work.

Integrated Pest Management and Control

Managing Pests in Schools

Learn from the EPA about why effective pest management in routine cleaning and maintenance is important for a healthy school environment and what you can do.

Integrated Pest Management and Control

Pesticides: Use, Effects and Alternatives to Pesticides in Schools

Read the report from the Government Accountability Office.

Integrated Pest Management and Control Integrated Pest Management for Vermont Schools Information from the UVM Extension about tools for implementing an integrated pest management program for your school.

Preventative Maintenance

Indoor Air Quality in Offices and Other Large Buildings

Access indoor air quality information on school (large) buildings from the EPA and download and Indoor Air Quality Design Guide.

Preventative Maintenance

Creating Healthy Indoor Air Quality in Schools

Find tools and on-demand training webinars from the EPA to help promote a healthy learning environment at your school.

Indoor Air Quality

Improve Indoor Air Quality

Find out what actions you can take to improve your school's indoor air quality.

Preventative Maintenance

National Air Duct Cleaners Association

Access resources for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

Indoor Air Quality

Vermont's "Be Idle Free" Law and Resources

Learn about Vermont’s anti-idling law.

Chemical Management

Toxic Substances Portal (ToxFAQs)

Search the Agency of Toxic Substances & Disease Registry's (ATSDR) Portal for information on chemicals.


Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation of Fungi (Mold) in Indoor Environments

Follow these guidelines from the New York City Department of Mental Health and Hygiene to help provide an approach to address potential and observed mold growth on structural materials in school buildings.


Mold in School and Commercial Buildings

Information from the EPA on mold and air quality in school buildings, mold remediation, and resources about mold and large buildings.

Food in Schools

Sharing Tables

Use these guidelines to help your school start a sharing table program.

Food in Schools

Guidance for Food Donations

Follow these guidelines when creating a food donation program for your school.

Food in Schools

Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law

Learn about what to do with your school's solid waste.

Green Cleaning

Safer Cleaning Choices for Schools

Click on the school in the interactive graphic to find EPA’s Safer Choice cleaning products.

Indoor Air Quality

Creating Safer and Healthier Classrooms Without Disinfecting Wipes

Learn about the health effects of using disinfecting wipes and what to use instead for general classroom cleaning.

Preventative Maintenance

Inspection, Repair and Cleaning (IRC) Practices and Lead-Based Paint in Schools

Learn about how about how to reduce lead-based paint hazards and inspect buildings for chipping or peeling lead-based paint.

Chemical Management

Hazardous Waste Management for Schools

Learn about how to notify DEC of your school's hazardous waste.

Drinking Water

Testing for Lead in Drinking Water at Schools

Learn about how and when to test for lead in drinking water.

Preventative Maintenance

Energy Savings Plus Health Guidelines

Learn how to integrate indoor air quality protections into school energy efficiency retrofits and other building upgrade projects by optimizing the energy efficiency without compromising occupant health.

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