New York State's Parent-Teacher Association is the latest group to promote a PVC-free zone for schools. The PTA passed a resolution at its annual convention in November urging school districts to choose products without polyvinyl chloride.
The PTA resolution recognizes, "Whereas safe, cost-effective alternatives to PVC products are readily available for schools to purchase and use, and the US Green Building Council provides incentives for schools to avoid PVC and phthalates in 'green schools...'" The organization supports education for parents about potential health hazards and asks the National PTA to consider adopting an anti-PVC stance. The New York State Teachers Union and American Public Health Association have passed similar resolutions.
If you want to learn more about phasing out PVC in your school, business or home, you can find several resources at the CHE&J website.
CH&J is one of many groups supporting the Safe Chemicals Act to ensure that substances like PVC are tested for long-term safety before they become ubiquitous in consumer products.