Vernice Miller‐Travis, Vice‐Chair, Maryland State Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities said, “The fact that the poorest, highest risk children have the schools in the worst condition has been a civil rights issue going back to Brown v. Education of Topeka in 1954. Today, we know even more: that the impacts from toxic school siting to lead in drinking water to mold infestations and to chemical spills are damaging millions of children every year, taking away their health and their chance for a productive future.”
Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP said "Unhealthy conditions in our schools lead to failing grades and failing health." Benjamin is executive director of the American Public Health Association. He added, "Environmental concerns such as asbestos, mold, poor air quality and other hazards affect children's ability to learn and their health, and schools in low‐income communities are often disproportionately affected. We must close this gap and ensure that all of our kids are given an opportunity to learn, grow and play in safe, healthy schools."
Bill Orr, Executive Director, Collaborative for High Performance Schools said, "The time has come to stop mortgaging our children's health in the name of the status quo. A truly high performance school does not just protect the environment, but makes the health and well‐being of schoolchildren and staff the top priority. EPA has shown the scientific evidence and importance of investing in healthy schools, and now Congress must take heed of its counsel."
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