ASU Center for Organization Research and Design

Lansing K-12 School District: Chemical and Resource Management Services (CRMS) Case Study

Jun 30, 2006

Nationwide, public K-12 school districts are being asked to meet increasing educational demandswith diminishing financial resources. At the same time, high-profile hazardous material incidents inschools have made improved chemical management a top priority for leaders of school districts,state agencies, and the US EPA. While cleaning out years of accumulated laboratory chemicals is anurgent need, it is recognized that a long term management system is needed to ensure that theproblem does not recur in the future.The US EPA, with technical support from General Motors, sponsored a pilot project to evaluatewhether a Chemical and Resource Management Services (CRMS) approach could address theseneeds for Lansing School District and others. Since districts must meet their primary educationalmission with limited resources, a key objective was to obtain these services on a budget-neutral basisso that total spending on chemical and waste-related products and services would not increase.In December 2005, Lansing selected Chemico Systems to provide a CRMS program for all Districtfacilities. Chemico will provide all chemicals, as well as chemical and resource management services,for less than Lansing currently spends on chemicals and waste disposal alone. Based on the successdemonstrated at Lansing, the US EPA and CSP believe the CRMS model can meet other schooldistricts' needs, and are working to promote the model through further pilots and training materials.