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New Solut. 2010;20(1):49-72. doi: 10.2190/NS.20.1.d.

Achieving healthy school siting and planning policies: understanding shared concerns of environmental planners, public health professionals, and educators.

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Brown University, Dept. of Education, Providence, RI 02912, USA. alison.cohen@fulbrightmail.org

Abstract

Policy decisions regarding the quality of the physical school environment-both, school siting and school facility planning policies-are often considered through the lens of environmental planning, public health, or education policy, but rarely through all three. Environmental planners consider environmental justice issues on a local level and/or consider the regional impact of a school. Public health professionals focus on toxic exposures and populations particularly vulnerable to negative health outcomes. Educators and education policymakers emphasize investing in human capital of both students and staff. By understanding these respective angles and combining these efforts around the common goals of achieving adequacy and excellence, we can work toward a regulatory system for school facilities that recognizes children as a uniquely vulnerable population and seeks to create healthier school environments in which children can learn and adults can work.

PMID:
20359991
PMCID:
PMC3622719
DOI:
10.2190/NS.20.1.d
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