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Mercury-Schools: Key Contacts
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This section provides a listing of individuals and organizations that you should consult first with your questions about pollution prevention related to mercury in schools.

For additional assistance, refer to the broader, alphabetical list of contacts in the "Where to Go for P2 Help" section of this Topic Hub.


National Contacts

Mercury in Schools Project:http://www.p2rx.org/topichubs/externallink.cfm?l=1877
610 Langdon St., Rm 529, Madison, WI 53703 USA
Telephone: 608-262-0385; E-mail: mercuryk12@uwm.edu
Ask for: Steve Brachman (Telephone: 414-227-3160; E-mail: brachman@uwm.edu)
Mercury in Schools is a project of University of Wisconsin-Extension?s Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center (SHWEC). Key project activities include: creating and maintaining a clearinghouse for information relating to reducing mercury usage, increasing mercury recycling and improving mercury management in schools, and educating students and teachers about eliminating mercury; and conducting workshops for educators and agency staff based on a mercury curriculum package.

Healthy Schools Network: http://www.healthyschools.org/
773 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12208 USA
Telephone: 518-462-0632 or 212-482-0204; Fax: 518-462-0433
Healthy Schools Network (HSN) is a national not-for-profit organization centered on children?s environmental health, and dedicated to assuring every child and school employee an environmentally safe and healthy school through research, information and referral, advocacy, and coalition-building. HSN promotes the development of state and national policies, regulations and funding for school facilities environments, and has won national recognition for its clearinghouse services, as well as its model program and outreach, now being replicated in numerous states. HSN?s coalition-building work has included the launching of a state-based network of organizations concerned with environmental health in schools, as well as the national Coalition for Healthier Schools.


Regional Contacts

U.S. EPA Region 5 Toxics Reduction Team:http://www.epa.gov/toxteam/
77 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604 USA
Ask for: Dan Hopkins (Telephone: 312-886-5994; E-mail: hopkins.dan@epa.gov)
The Region 5 Toxics Reduction Team (TRT) brings together key professional staff from throughout the organization to prioritize toxic chemicals that are persistent and that can bioaccumulate through the food chain, such as lead, mercury and PCBs.

Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR):http://www.glrppr.org/
One Hazelwood Drive, Champaign, IL 61820 USA
Telephone: 800-407-0261; E-mail: glrppr@istc.illinois.edu
Ask for: Bob Iverson (Telephone: 217-333-8946; E-mail: biverson@istc.illinois.edu)
GLRPPR is a professional organization dedicated to promoting information exchange and networking to pollution prevention (P2) professionals in the Great Lakes regions of the United States and Canada. GLRPPR developed and maintains the Mercury-Schools Topic Hub, and provides further information on mercury and other pollution prevention topics of interest for schools and other sectors in the sector resource section of its web site.

Mercury in Schools Program:http://www.mercuryinschools.uwex.edu/index.htm
610 Langdon St., Rm 529, Madison, WI 53703 USA
Telephone: 608-262-0385; E-mail: mercuryk12@uwm.edu
Ask for: Steve Brachman (Telephone: 414-227-3160; E-mail: brachman@uwm.edu)
Mercury in Schools is a project of University of Wisconsin-Extension?s Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center (SHWEC). Key project activities include: creating and maintaining a clearinghouse for information relating to reducing mercury usage, increasing mercury recycling and improving mercury management in schools, and educating students and teachers about eliminating mercury; and conducting workshops for educators and agency staff based on a mercury curriculum package.

Greening Schools:http://www.greeningschools.org/
E-mail: ilgs@istc.illinois.edu
Greening Schools is a joint effort of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IL EPA) and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC). The purpose of the project is to help schools provide a safe and healthy environment that can save money, improve learning conditions, and increase efficiency. The project is also designed to provide teachers with standards-based tools to introduce the concepts of waste reduction and pollution prevention to students.

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC):http://www.istc.illinois.edu/
One Hazelwood Drive, Champaign, IL 61820 USA
Telephone: 217-333-8940
Ask for: Debra Jacobson (Telephone: 630-472-5019; E-mail: djacobson@istc.illinois.edu)
ISTC assists Illinois industries, businesses, and citizens to reduce and manage waste. ISTC is a non-regulatory division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and is affiliated with the University of Illinois.

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pollution Prevention:http://www.epa.state.il.us/p2/
P.O. Box 19276, Springfield, IL 62794-9276 USA
Telephone: 217-782-8700
The mission of the Office of Pollution Prevention (OPP) is to promote pollution prevention (P2) as the preferred strategy for environmental protection. OPP conducts technical assistance and educational outreach to help facilities convert to less polluting raw materials, improve housekeeping practices and increase process efficiency.

Healthy Schools Campaign:http://www.healthyschoolscampaign.org/
205 W. Monroe, Fourth Floor, Chicago, IL 60606 USA
Telephone: 312-419-1810; Fax: 312-419-1806
The mission of the Healthy Schools Campaign is to advocate for policies and model programs that allow students and staff members to learn and work in a healthy school environment.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)?Mercury Reduction and Recycling for Schools Pledge Program:http://www.in.gov/idem/enviroed/mercury/
P.O. Box 6015, Indianapolis, IN 46206-6015 USA
Telephone: 317-232-8603
Ask for: Nicole Coffin (Telephone: 800-451-6027, ext. 3-5628)
Participating schools sign a pledge to continue working with their solid waste management districts, IDEM, and/or the Household Hazardous Waste Task Force to keep mercury out of schools and the environment. These schools inventory buildings for mercury-containing items, purchase non-mercury-containing substitutes where possible, implement phase-out plans for mercury-containing devices and turn in mercury and mercury-containing items for recycling.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Environmental Science and Services Division: http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3307_29693_4175-11693--,00.html
P.O. Box 30487, Lansing MI 48909-7857 USA
Telephone: 800-662-9278
Ask for: Steven Kratzer (Telephone: 517-373-0939; E-mail: kratzers@michigan.gov)
The Environmental Science and Services Division oversees a range of assistance and information activities. Technical assistance staff members provide pollution prevention/recycling assistance, regulatory compliance, permit coordination, community redevelopment, water and wastewater operator training, and clean air assistance.

Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance (OEA):http://www.moea.state.mn.us/
520 Lafayette Rd., North Floor 2, St. Paul, MN 55155-4100 USA
Telephone: 651-296-3417
Ask for: Kenneth Brown (Telephone: 651-215-0241; E-mail: Kenneth.Brown@moea.state.mn.us)
The Office of Environmental Assistance seeks to help make Minnesota environmentally healthy and economically strong through efficient resource use, responsible management of waste, pollution prevention and sustainable practices. The OEA does not regulate or enforce environmental laws?it is a service organization that helps businesses, local governments, schools, community organizations and individual citizens solve environmental problems.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Pollution Prevention Unit:http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/817.html
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750 USA
Telephone: 518-402-9469; Fax: 518-402-9168
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has three main functions: natural resource management, environmental quality protection and the promotion of public health, safety and recreation. DEC protects, improves and conserves the State's land, water, air, fish, wildlife and other resources to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people and their overall economic and social well-being.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP):http://www.epa.state.oh.us/ocapp/ocapp.html
Lazarus Government Center, 122 S. Front Street, Columbus, OH 43215 USA
Telephone: 614-644-3469; E-mail: p2mail@epa.state.oh.us
Ask for: Bill Narotski (Telephone: 614-728-1264; E-mail: bill.narotski@epa.state.oh.us)
The Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) provides compliance and pollution prevention assistance on environmental issues related to air, land and water. See the Ohio EPA web site for information on the Ohio Mercury Reduction Group: http://www.epa.state.oh.us/opp/mercury_pbt/omrg.html. The Ohio Mercury Reduction Group works to reduce the use, release, and emission of mercury in Ohio, to evaluate relevant departmental mercury programs and regulations, collect and assess data, promote the use of mercury alternatives and the collection of retired mercury and products, and educate industry, government and the general public on ways to reduce the sources of mercury in Ohio.

Environment Canada Ontario Regional Office:http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/
4905 Dufferin Street, Downsview, Ontario M3H 5T4 Canada
Telephone: 800-668-6767; E-mail: enviroinfo@ec.gc.ca
Ask for: Lori Fryzuk (Telephone: 416-739-5859; E-mail: lori.fryzuk@ec.gc.ca)
Environment Canada is a science-based government department whose goal is to help make sustainable development a reality in Canada.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP):http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/pollprev/sitevisit/School_Pics_3.htm
P.O. Box 8772, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8772 USA
Telephone: 717-783-0540
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Office of Pollution Prevention and Compliance Assistance has been conducting Pollution Prevention/Energy Efficiency (P2/E2) site visits at businesses and industries across the Commonwealth that are free of charge since 1995.

Wisconsin Green and Healthy Schools Program:http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/greenschools/index.htm
P.O. Box 7921, Madison WI 53707 USA
Ask for: Christal Winter (Telephone: 608-264-8976; E-mail: christal.winter@dnr.state.wi.us) or Elizabeth Kane (Telephone: 608-266-53707; E-mail: elizabeth.kane@dpi.state.wi.us)
Wisconsin Green & Healthy Schools program is a web-based, voluntary program available to all public and private elementary, middle, and high schools across Wisconsin. The program encourages teachers, staff, students and parents to work together to use the school, its grounds, and the whole community as learning tools to help teach, promote, and apply healthy, safe and environmentally sound practices. The Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources and Public Instruction have joined together to develop and promote the Green & Healthy Schools program and recognize schools for their achievements in these areas.

SHWEC?University of Wisconsin Extension Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center:http://www.uwex.edu/shwec/
610 Langdon St., Rm. 529, Madison, WI 53703 USA
Telephone: 608-262-0385; E-mail: shwec@uwm.edu
Ask for: Steve Brachman (Telephone: 414-227-3160; E-mail: brachman@uwm.edu)
The UW-Extension Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center (SHWEC) provides waste reduction services to waste generators in Wisconsin. SHWEC specialists work in collaboration with county extension agents to: improve compliance with environmental regulations, promote the benefits of source reduction, recycling and pollution prevention strategies, encourage municipal integrated solid waste planning and implementation, support utilization of recycled materials and compost, and provide solid & hazardous waste educational support to state agencies, local governments, and other organizations.


 

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Hub Last Updated: 9/7/2010