Health and Environment

School Environment and Respiratory Health of Children (SEARCH II)

Funded by the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, SEARCH II came to a successful conclusion in November 2013. This environment and health research project was implemented within the international frameworks of the EU Action Plan on Environment and Health; and the World Health Organization’s Children’s Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe (WHO CEHAPE), Priority Goal 3 on air quality and children’s health.

The project resulted in an extensive database containing information on 7,860 children from 388 classrooms in 100 schools in 10 countries, creating a unique opportunity to study a wide variety of school indoor and outdoor environments, to measure outdoor and indoor concentrations of various air pollutants, and to study the associations between the school environment and children’s health. Project results contribute to the European legal and policy framework for sustainability, while recommendations on how to improve the school environment and buildings and how to reduce energy consumption will contribute to ensuring the local implementation of innovative solutions. A final publication was produced summarising project results, while an online version of the publication made available supplementary information and figures in a fully searchable format. The questionnaires used in the SEARCH field studies can also be found on the search.rec.org/outcomes website.

Changing with the Climate network (CwC)

Changing with the Climate was a Comenius-funded educational network linking schools, students and teachers from primary and secondary schools across Europe and providing a platform for discussion, engagement and commitment in response to climate change. The aim of the network is to connect teaching in various disciplines to specific aspects and impacts of climate change, and to promote understanding of how the local use of natural resources can result in global changes. Highlighting the relevance of such topics to the everyday lives of students can help to encourage their interest in science. The role of the REC in the EC-funded CwC project, which came to an end in 2013, was to integrate health and energy use and climate change issues into school activities.

The network is connected to the UNESCO Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and to Article 6 of the Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Further information can be found on the project website: www.changingwithclimate.info

VALUABLE LESSONS: The SEARCH II project created a unique opportunity to study the associations between indoor and outdoor school environments and children’s health
Publications

Making Schools Healthy: Meeting Environment and Health Challenges
December 2013| online

Targeting Indoor Air Quality in Sustainable Patterns
December 2013 | Print

Aspire! – Issue 4
November 2013 | Print

Third Annual Meeting of the Changing with the Climate Network
September 2013 | Print

School Environment and Children's Health
July 2013 | Print

Aspire! – Issue 3
March 2013 | Print

High-Level Conference on Water, Climate and Health
April 2013 | Print

Aspire! – Issue 2
May 2013 | Print

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