The Indoor Environments and Green Buildings Policy Resource Center

About the Indoor Environments & Green Buildings Program

For three decades, ELI’s Indoor Environments & Green Buildings Program has helped spur the adoption of policies and programs that make buildings greener and healthier places to live, learn, and work. We focus especially on improving the quality of the indoor environment.

The Importance of Indoor Environmental Quality. Most of our exposure to pollutants occurs indoors. This may not be surprising, given that people in the U.S. spend about 87% of their time inside buildings.

Profiles of Innovative State Programs: New Jersey - Healthy Child Care Center Toolkit

New Jersey Department of Health,

Environmental and Occupational Health Surveillance Program

Toolkit for Keeping Your Child Care Center Healthy


The New Jersey Department of Health (NJ DOH) provides information on a variety of indoor environmental issues. The agency’s Environmental and Occupational Health Surveillance Program has developed educational materials for reducing exposure to hazardous chemicals in child care centers, with a focus on cleaning products, pesticides, and air fresheners.


Profiles of Innovative State Programs: Washington - Cleaning Public Spaces

Washington State Department of Health,

Environmental Public Health Division

Guidance on Cleaning and Disinfection in Public Spaces


The Washington State Department of Health (WA DOH) is a leader in providing guidance on proper cleaning and disinfecting practices in public spaces, including in schools and classrooms. The state has developed resources on best practices for preventing the spread of germs while reducing exposure to harsh chemicals that can be harmful to health in their own right.


Profiles of Innovative State Programs: California - Mold and Dampness

California Department of Public Health,

Indoor Air Quality Section

Educational Resources on Mold and Dampness


The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Indoor Air Quality Section addresses a variety of IAQ issues, including dampness and mold. The agency has developed a wide range of materials on the subject, including information developed specifically to assist housing code enforcement agencies in addressing dampness and mold problems in rental properties.