One of the most important things we can do to protect our children's future is make sure they grow up in a healthy environment.
The Children's Environmental Health Program is an agency-wide effort to identify and remediate those pollutants that put children most at risk. Here you will find information on pollution-specific issues that families, teachers, day care providers and other concerned individuals should be aware of and help take appropriate action to safeguard their children.
The art pieces found on our web site were created by children living in the Arizona-Sonora border region and were selected from various editions of the binational clean air calendar.
ADEQ Policy for Plan Permit Reviews for Facilities Impacting Learning Sites
ADEQ has established a policy that requires a review of potential environmental health impacts of any permit requests from proposed new construction or significant expansion of facilities if that construction could negatively impact the health of children in nearby schools. This requirement applies to learning centers within different radiuses of the proposed construction site depending upon whether the permit is for an air, water or waste permit. This requirement also applies if the facility generates vehicles transporting materials to or from the site. This Plan Permitting Review Process for learning sites ensures that schools are adequately protected from emissions or a release of hazardous materials from new facilities. The policy outlines these requirements in detail.
ADEQ is implementing a four-step "C.A.R.E. strategy" to address environmental health risks to Arizona children. Through Coordination, Assessment, Reduction and Education, ADEQ and its many partners are charting a course toward a cleaner, safer, healthier environment for our children.
|Coordinate the many interests involved with children's environmental health issues.|
|Assess and prioritize the environmental health factors affecting Arizona children.|
|Reduce the number and types of contaminants adversely affecting Arizona's children.|
|Educate citizens about environmental hazards and how to reduce children's exposure.|
Tools for Schools
Environmentally Healthy School Recognition
ADEQ is sponsoring a recognition program to help schools become Arizona Environmentally Healthy (AEH) schools. This program recognizes policies and actions taken by schools to ensure a healthy and safe learning and teaching environment. This checklist is to be used by school principals, or their designees, to certify to ADEQ that the school has taken action to safeguard their students, faculty, and other personnel against environmental pollutants and other potential environmental risks.
ADEQ's Children's Environmental Health Air Outreach Campaign named "There's Something In The Air" focuses on tools that can be implemented at or near schools either by the school or by a parent-teacher type of association.
World Water Monitoring Day ™ is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies.
An easy-to-use test kit enables everyone from children to adults to sample local water bodies for a core set of water quality parameters including temperature, acidity (pH), clarity (turbidity) and dissolved oxygen (DO). Results are shared with participating communities around the globe.
World Water Monitoring Day is officially celebrated on September 18; however, the monitoring window is from March 22 (World Water Day) until December 31. Participants are encouraged to celebrate with WEF and IWA in September or to observe their own WWMD anytime during the extended window. The deadline for submitting data to the WWMD database is December 31.
Reports from Arizona schools:
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