Education, Environmental Justice, Health Justice, Healthy Schools
Healthy school environments are critical for our children’s education and well-being. New York City schoolchildren are exposed to toxins that jeopardize their health when schools are located on contaminated property or in buildings formerly used for manufacturing and industry — without adequate cleanup and remediation. Lead and PCBs, mold and other asthma triggers, and nearby pollution cause disproportionate health problems in schools located in low-income communities and communities of color. Without proper action and oversight, these environmental hazards jeopardize the health and performance of children, teachers and school staff. NYLPI works to ensure that all City public schools undergo full and transparent testing and cleanup, and that parents are notified promptly of any environmental test results from public schools or proposed school sites that indicate potential health threats to children.