Last updated: January 2023
Author: Asthma & Envision Programs, Vermont Department of Health
The Envision Program was signed into statute in 2000 to help Vermont schools improve environmental health and indoor air quality. The program helps schools identify, prevent, and problem-solve potential environmental health and indoor air quality issues by providing a model environmental health management plan and policy, and encouraging use of best practices. Envision gives schools the tools, training, and technical assistance to create and maintain a healthier school environment. Creating a healthy school includes reducing exposure to environmental asthma triggers, infectious disease and other toxic substances, like asbestos, lead, radon and PCBs.
The chart above shows school interest in services supported by the Envision Program. In 2019, school participation dropped. This is likely because Vermont schools were focused on complying with the law that required all drinking and cooking water taps in schools to be tested for lead. In 2020, school participation dropped again due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related school closures. In 2021 and 2022, thanks to strong partnerships and abundant funding, many Vermont schools received support to improve their heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems and learn how to clean and disinfect safely.
For more information on the Envision Program, please visit www.healthvermont.gov/envision.