Arts/Theater

Art Education, Paint, Sculpturing, Photography, Pottery Kilns, Construction, Digital Media & Graphic Design, Museum Studies, Drawing, Ceramics

Most people probably don't think of art and theater as being affected by environmental issues. If you've arrived at this part of the tour, though, you probably are aware that chemical storage, waste management and the vapors associated with certain chemicals are as much a part of the arts as of other departments.

We invite you to browse through this section of the tour to learn more about such issues as:

  • How to manage waste by-products from arts-related activities (such as that accumulation of chemical containers that never seem to get used)
  • Federal requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), including requirements for Universal Waste and Used Oil
  • Recycling or otherwise managing waste to avoid its becoming a hazardous waste, which allows your school to save money on disposal costs
  • What legally can--and absolutely cannot--be poured down the sink (your basic rule of thumb is: Ask First!)

Read on for federal environment regulations and best practices for avoiding unnecessary exposure to chemicals used in a printing shop, darkroom or photographic lab; working with paints and glazes; handling etching waste; and more.