The Missouri Green School Initiative began in 2011 with an MDNR “Green Team!” The “Green Team” is available to answer questions and connect you to the resources available in our agency. You can learn more about your school’s water quality, air quality, hazardous waste, environmental emergency response and energy if you keep reading this Web page. Let’s work together to further “Green” Missouri schools!

For more information, please Email or call 573-522-2656.

Water Protection Program

Department of Natural Resources
Water Protection Program

Ruth A. Wallace, Municipal Stormwater Program Coordinator
Department of Natural Resources - Water Protection Program
Telephone: 573-522-1131

Ruth tells us, “I encourage schools to visit our post-construction stormwater Web page as that has a tremendous set of resources for green development that also fits well with the voluntary green building standards.”

Department of Natural Resources recommended resources for stormwater management:
Missouri Guide to Green Infrastructure: Integrating Water Quality into Municipal Stormwater Management

Matt Kliethermes, Environmental Specialist
Public Drinking Water Branch
Telephone: 573-751-3458

Matt asks “Have you given much thought to how the water “magically” arrives each time you turn on your faucet?  There are many people involved to make sure you have a safe adequate water supply.  It is our duty to conserve water and is important for us to appreciate the time, effort and money invested in our safe drinking water.”

Air Pollution Control Program

Department of Natural Resources
Air Pollution Control Program

Mark Leath, Environmental Engineer
Department of Natural Resources - Air Pollution Control Program
Telephone: 573- 526-5503

Mark says, “The Green Schools Initiative project is a great resource to help schools improve their environmental awareness and sustainability. Schools can call me to be added to my distribution lists and talk about the process of partnering/applying for the grants.  Schools can also contact me if they want help or advice in developing anti-idling policies at their schools.”

Willard School District’s two new school buses purchased in an “early school bus replacement project” that received a grant for 25 percent of the cost of the new buses through a Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grant funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Department of Natural Resources recommended resources for air pollution control:
Air Program’s DERA Web page:
Air Program’s School Bus Inventory Web page:

Haz Waste Drums

Department of Natural Resources
Hazardous Waste Program

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Department of Natural Resources -
Environmental Emergency Response

Alan Cortvrient, State On-Scene Coordinator for Hazardous Materials
Telephone: 573-526-3372


Alan says, “Please be safe with school chemicals by keeping only what is needed, properly disposing of unneeded and old chemicals, and following good storage practices."

If a school has a liquid mercury spill, call the department’s 24- hour spill reporting hotline (573-634-2436) as soon as possible.  A team of trained cleanup specialists or “On-Scene Coordinators” are ready to assist with the cleanup of a spill in a school.  A school can reduce the spread of a mercury spill by keeping people out of the area of the spill and have persons affected by the spill remove clothing and shoes that were in contact with the mercury.   Leave these items in the room of the spill. “

Department of Natural Resources recommended resources for emergency response situations:
Environmental Emergency Response Section's Mercury page:

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