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Mercury Education Program For Schools

Project Information

Award Amount:$40,000.00
Dollars Leveraged:$3,023.00
Start-End Dates:10/1/99-9/30/01
The University of Wisconsin Extension Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center (SHWEC) worked with schools in seventeen Wisconsin communities to:1) reduce mercury use, 2) promote mercury recycling, and 3) reduce mercury spills in schools. Mercury is found in schools mainly in the science labs, but also in common items like fluorescent light, thermostats, and thermometers. A set of teaching activities were developed for teachers in order to educate the students about mercury.

Environmental Results/Products: The Program used a variety of tools, including partnerships between the U of W Extension Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center (SHWEC) and seventeen Wisconsin communities, educational outreach, and innovative reduction and recycling activities to reach its goal of reducing mercury in the environment.

A 2-3 hour workshop was developed to help train teachers about mercury and remove mercury from their schools. The Mercury in Schools project recruited teachers, science coordinators, and key people from state departments of public instruction, along with state environmental personnel, to attend these workshops. Staff presented this mercury in schools project at the US-Canada Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy meeting in Toronto on May 17, 2001. Staff also conducted workshops in Detroit, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Duluth, Minnesota. A total of 254 teachers participated in the training program.

A clearinghouse of information, documents and programs relating to reducing mercury usage and increasing Hg recycling in schools is maintained and available for use by individuals basin-wide. This clearinghouse is accessible from the web site that was also developed through this program. A Mercury in Schools listserv was established to allow project partners, the Binational Toxics Strategy mercury in Schools Work Group and others easily exchange information and ideas on eliminating mercury from schools.


Funding Organizations

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are funding this project.

U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office - Primary Contact

77 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illinois 60604
There are no individuals in this organization
associated with this project.

Organizations Receiving Funding

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are receiving funding for this project.

SHWEC - University of Wisconsin - Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center - Primary Contact

610 Langdon Street
Room 529
Madison, Wisconsin 53703
p: 608-262-0385
Individual Contacts

Associated Organizations

Below is a list of associated organizations that are NOT giving or receiving funding for this project.

Mercury in Schools Elimination Program Leaders - Partner

Other Not Shown


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