Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Pollution Prevention
Washington, DC 20460
EPA Pollution Prevention Fact Sheet
The U.S. EPA, working in partnership with state and local governments, industry, educational institutions, textbook publishers, teachers, and others, has embarked on a program to produce and distribute pollution prevention educational materials for students and teachers, from kindergarten through grade twelve.
The short term goal of the project is to offer students an appreciation and understanding of the potential benefits of pollution prevention, including conservation and environmentally sound recycling. A longer term goal is to instill in the country's future leaders an ethic that emphasizes integrated environmental decision-making, pollution prevention, and protection of human health and the environment.
The overall success of EPA's National Pollution Prevention Environmental Education Project is tied to the active and continuous participation by teachers throughout the life of the program. Teachers will have critical roles in:
Materials: Education materials will be action oriented, multi-faceted, appropriate for developmental stages, and sensitive to cultural and ethnic context. The emphasis will be on the elimination of pollution at its source rather than management of pollution after its production.
Bibliography: As a first step, recognizing that many pollution prevention educational materials currently exist and not wanting to duplicate efforts, EPA's Task Force has developed a bibliography of available materials. This bibliography contains approximately 2,500 references to pollution prevention, including source reduction, recycling, resource recovery, energy and water conservation, and composting. Individual data entries include, as available, title of the publication, author, date of publication, brief abstract, cost, and ordering information.
The bibliography is available on the electronic bulletin board of EPA's Pollution Prevention Information Clearinghouse (PPIC). PPIC contains databases with a wide range of prevention information -- industrial case studies, summaries of state prevention programs, national conference calendar, etc. PPIC offers the capability to add, update, revise, and sort material on the bibliography database.
Contacts: For more information, contact the EPA Task Force Co-Chairs: Rowena Michaels, (913) 551-7003, and Douglas Cooper, (202) 260-8799. For information on accessing the bibliography through PPIC, call 703-821-4800.
Last Updated: January 16, 1996