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Indiana Department of Environmental Management

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All it takes is one easy step to go green!

(Note: IDEM no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.)

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM) voluntary program called GreenSteps can help school officials:

  • increase the quality of students' learning environment;
  • avoid serious and potentially life threatening health concerns;
  • ensure compliance with environmental regulations; and,
  • save money by minimizing waste and increasing efficiency.

The goal is to encourage all Indiana schools to become "green" schools.

The GreenSteps program provides recommendations and tools to reduce potential hazards within the school environment. GreenSteps will help you eliminate or reduce potential environmental health hazards in your school through "greener" cleaning tips and recommendations for building maintenance, playground equipment, heating and ventilation, lighting, pests, classroom health triggers, paint, and pesticides.

Benefits of GreenSteps:

  1. Learn how to reduce or avoid potential health risks.
  2. Enjoy one-stop access to a library of resources designed to help administrators, staff and students learn about environmental issues in their schools.
  3. Save money by minimizing waste and increasing energy efficiency.
  4. Create a favorable learning and teaching environment.
  5. Increase efficiency of operations and use of resources.
  6. Foster student environmental stewardship.
  7. Maintain or increase compliance with environmental regulations.
  8. Help parents and community members better understand a school's environmental status, and
  9. Generate community goodwill.

With the GreenSteps tool kit, you can learn how to reduce or avoid potential environmental risks and involve students and the community along the way. This program can help your school become greener and healthier with little or no cost.

The Indiana GreenSteps Tool kit:

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