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Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3)

still shot of Maria Vickers and Maria Johnson
Watch the video: Maria Vickers, Deputy Director of EPA's Office of Solid Waste, and Maria Johnson, Science Department Chair at Wakefield High School in Arlington, VA discuss the Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign.
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Performance Track

Is your organization a renewing Performance Track member? Consider Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3) for you next alternate commitment credit. Visit Performance Track's Instructions for Making Alternate Goals for more details about how you can earn Performance Track credits for protecting K-12 students and staff.

From elementary school maintenance closets to high school chemistry labs, schools use a variety of chemicals. When they are mismanaged, these chemicals can put students and school personnel at risk from spills, fires, and other accidental exposures. Chemical accidents disrupt school schedules and can cost thousands of dollars to repair.

The Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3) aims to ensure that all schools are free from hazards associated with mismanaged chemicals. SC3 gives K-12 schools information and tools to responsibly manage chemicals.

By using the tools provided on this site and pulling together a team with a variety of perspectives, expertise, and resources you can develop a successful chemical management program. Schools, parents, and local organizations can partner to create a chemical management program that meets the unique needs of their schools.

Select the following links for a description of team roles:

Healthy School Environments

Chemical management is one of the many health and safety issues facing schools; EPA's Healthy School Environments Initiative provides information on the programs and resources available to help resolve and prevent other environmental issues in K-12 schools.

Schools and partners interested in improving chemical management will find many resources , as well as the SC3 Tool Kit, to assist them on this site.

SC3 is one component of EPA's Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC), a national effort to conserve natural resources and energy by managing materials more efficiently.

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