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Arizona Children's Environmental Health Program

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.

School Bus Idling Reduction Program ADEQ's Air Quality Flag Program










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.


Helpful Links

Air Pesticides
ActivitiesSchool Vehicle Emission Reduction Program
Additional Resources Tanks
Border Tools for Schools
Calendar Tribal
Climate Change & Children's Health Waste
Contact Information Water
Other Links


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.

Air

school bus idling reduction programADEQ'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.

Waste

Water

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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Climate Change & Children's Health

The report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) outlines the health impact of global climate change on children. Because children are often the most vulnerable to adverse health effects from environmental hazards, the potential impact of climate change is a serious issue. In Arizona our children may be exposed to extreme weather events, climate-sensitive infectious diseases, an increase in air pollution-related illness and, within the many highly populated portions of the state, more heat-related illnesses that could be potentially fatal.

Global Climate Change and Children

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Tanks

The Children's Environmental Health porgram was established to protect children from exposure to harmful chemicals and other environmental health hazards. In keeping with this program, ADEQ launched the Underground Storage Tanks (UST) School Assistance Initiative to coordinate efforts with schools and school districts to prevent future releases from operating UST systems and to remediate open UST releases at schools. ADEQ's efforts include:

  • Providing education and information on Arizona's underground storage tank laws to schools and school districts.
  • Expediting cleanup and closure of contaminated leaking underground storage tank (LUST) sites at schools.
  • Assisting schools to prevent future releases from operating underground fuel storage systems.

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Resources

Buffer Zones and Agricultural Pesticide Use Complaints

CEH Action Plan

Climate Change and Children's Environmental Health

Environmental Health Risks

Link between PM10 Pollution and Childhood Asthma in Maricopa County

Linking Asthma to PM10 in Central Phoenix

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Other Links

Environmental Education Resources

Water Education Resources

U.S. EPA Multilingual Publications and Materials

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Contact Information

For more information about Children's Environmental Health, presentation requests and related issues, please contact:

Julie Finke, Environmental Education Outreach Coordinator
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
1110 West Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
(602) 771-2231 - Main
(800) 234-5677 - Toll Free
(602) 771-2218 - Fax

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