Developing Policy on Environmental Quality, Schools, and Health (2012)
Currently, there is no state or federal regulation that considers environmental hazards when sitting new schools in Michigan. Effective school sitting policies can reduce childhood pollution exposure levels and improve test scores and overall child development and health, as well as reduce excess, hidden costs for schools constructed on environmentally hazardous sites. A responsibly-crafted statewide policy on school sitting could benefit communities, while ensuring that children in the state are able to receive an education in a healthy environment. The master's project goal is to develop a policy recommendation for school sitting and environmental quality in Michigan. To achieve this goal, the master's project team drew from the experiences of other U.S. states that already have school sitting policies. The team also engaged a diverse range of stakeholders here in the state of Michigan from researchers to school administrators to land use planners and government officials. Utilizing the EPA's new released school sitting guidelines and a growing body of current research, the team drafted a series of recommendations suited to the state of Michigan and its schools.
Elizabeth Fox, MS, Environmental Justice/ Environmental Policy and Planning
Nate Schafrick, MS/MPH, Conservation Biology
Mozhgon Rajaee, MS/MPH, Environmental Policy and Planning
Rebecca Brown, MS, Environmental Policy and Planning
Emily Etue, MS, Environmental Policy and Planning