Environmental Protection Agency Releases School Siting Guidelines

School buildings are fundamental components of the educational process, and children spend more time in school than in any other environment except their home. A well-located, thoughtfully designed, soundly built and efficiently operated school enhances the educational process by providing a safe and healthy environment for children, teachers and other staff and provides many opportunities to meet multiple community goals. These voluntary guidelines are intended to assist local school districts, which will be referred to throughout these guidelines as the local education agency (LEA) (see Section 10), and community members in evaluating environmental factors to make the best possible school siting decisions. The guidelines are intended to be used prior to:

  • Making a decision about whether to renovate the existing school, build a new school on the current site or build a new school on a new site;
  • Acquisition of land for school facilities;
  • Use of legacy property already owned by the LEA;
  • Leasing of space in new or existing structures not owned by the LEA for use as a school; and/or
  • Major repair, renovation or reuse of existing properties and structures already owned by the LEA for use as a school.

To view these guidelines click here.