K-12 Schools | P2

K-12 Schools | P2

Instead of managing the waste after it has been created by recycling, treatment or disposal, pollution prevention (P2) prevents the generation of waste in the first place. Learn how to reduce waste at the source in your school.


Achieve P2 Through Education

Teach staff and students about P2, source reduction and the many different pollution types and how it affects the environment (air, water, soil).

Create or participate in an alternative transportation program and encourage parents and students to walk, bike, or ride a scooter to school | See the Safe Routes to School National Partnership >

Encourage staff and students to carry their own reusable bottles to eliminate plastic bottle waste. Create a recycling program to reduce the amount of recyclable material that goes to the landfill.

Look up recycling programs in your community | Learn More >  

Create Healthy Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air pollution can have a harmful impact on schools staff and students. Healthy indoor air quality includes:

  1. Control of airborne pollutants;
  2. Introduction and distribution of adequate outdoor air; and
  3. Maintenance of acceptable temperature and relative humidity.

Through simple, low-cost actions, your school can improve air quality and:

  • Save money
  • Improve health
  • Decrease student and staff absenteeism 

EPA's Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Mobile App allows schools to choose a checklist and conduct assessments, track IAQ problems, generate a report and identify solutions to improve IAQ | Get the IAQ Mobile App >

Read about IAQ success stories at schools | View Page > 

ADEQ's School Vehicle Idling Reduction Program

Vehicle emissions at school occur from school buses, parent vehicles and delivery trucks. Reduce vehicle emissions by educating the school. Check out the program web page to learn more | Go to Page >

Start an idling reduction program at your school by:

Get the Idle Reduction Toolkit | Download .ZIP File >