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Title: EPA Indoor Air Quality Healthy Schools


1
Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools
Program Creating Healthy Indoor Air for Americas
Children
2
Overview
  • Poor indoor air is a major health and facility
    maintenance issue for schools.
  • Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools (IAQ TfS) is
    a hands-on, flexible Program designed to allow
    the School to maintain their indoor environment.
  • EPA offers partnerships, and provides incentives
    and recognition to schools implementing IAQ TfS.

3
Consequences of Poor IAQ
  • Health Problems
  • Student and Teacher Performance
  • Loss of Public Trust
  • Liability Issues
  • Negative Media Coverage
  • Accountability to School Board and Other School
    Officials

4
Good Indoor Air is Important for Learning
  • Asthma is the leading chronic disease causing
    school absenteeism.
  • 14 million missed school days per year
  • Children who arent in school cant learn
  • Interrupted or un-restful sleep
  • Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can lead to
    headaches, dizziness, sleepiness, and other
    factors inhibiting performance in the classroom.
  • Poor IAQ can reduce a persons ability to perform
    specific mental tasks requiring concentration,
    calculation or memory.






5
Poor Indoor Air the Asthma Connection
  • Asthma episodes can be triggered by elements in
    the school building.
  • Triggers commonly found in school buildings
    include
  • Animal Dander
  • Cockroach Body Parts and Feces
  • Dust Mites
  • Mold Spores
  • Tobacco Smoke
  • Bronchial irritants commonly found in school
    buildings include
  • Chemicals and Cleaners
  • Fragrances
  • Fumes,etc.







6
Poor IAQ is Costly
  • Liability Issues and Lawsuits
  • Substitute Teachers and Staff
  • Lower Operating Efficiency of Equipment and Plant
  • Emergency Response to IAQ Problems
  • Consultants During an IAQ Event
  • Closing Schools and Relocating Students

7
Schools are Unique
  • Tight Budgets
  • Densely Populated Space
  • Old Buildings/Deferred Maintenance
  • Special Sources of Pollution
  • Inventive Space Utilization
  • Additions/Temporary Space

8
A Cluttered Classroom
9
Ceiling or Ecosystem?
Mold!
Algae!
10
Classroom or Zoo?
11
Time For A Garage Sale!
12
This Filter Had Never Been Changed!
13
Blocked Return Vent
For air to come out of here
It has to get in there
14
Whats That Odor?
Window
Dumpster
15
How Do We Get In There?
16
How Did That Smell Get Back In Here?
Outside Air Intake
Bathroom Exhaust
17
Schools Can Improve Their Indoor Environments!
  • Most schools have IAQ-related problems.
  • Many IAQ problems are easily identified and
    resolved by school staff.
  • It costs less to prevent IAQ problems than to fix
    them!
  • Being proactive is KEY!

18
Key Features of the IAQ Tools for Schools Kit
  • Low Cost
  • Adaptable to Individual School/School District
    Needs
  • No Specialized Training Required
  • Voluntary
  • Common Sense Approach

19
IAQ TfS is One Way Schools Are Improving Indoor
Environments
  • IAQ TfS is a successful program used in more than
    9,000 schools nationwide.
  • EPA wants to make IAQ TfS available to, and
    successful for, every school in America.
  • EPA has developed and designed many tools and
    resources to make your job easier.

20
IAQ TfS Partners
  • American Association of School Administrators
    (AASA)
  • American Lung Association (ALA)
  • Association of School Business Officials
    International (ASBO)
  • Council for Educational Facility Planners
    International (CEFPI)
  • National Education Association (NEA)
  • National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)
  • National Parents and Teachers Association
    (PTA)
  • And many other organizations

21
IAQ Tools for Schools Resources
  • Free Resources
  • IAQ TfS Kits
  • National Awards Program
  • National Mentoring Program
  • Training on Financing Options for IAQ TfS
  • IAQ Design Tools for Schools
  • Healthy Schools Web Portal
  • Case Studies
  • Technical Tools
  • Managing Asthma in the School Environment
  • Road Map
  • Mold Remediation Document
  • Walk-Through Video
  • Ventilation Software


22
Managing Asthma in the School Environment
  • 1 in 13 Children Suffers From Asthma
  • 1 in 5 Americans Spends His/Her Day in a School
    Building
  • An Estimated 8,000-26,000 New Asthma Cases Arise
    in Children Per Year
  • Asthma Accounts for One-Third of All Pediatric
    Emergency Room Visits

23
IAQ Design Tools for Schools
  • New, draft voluntary, Web-based guidance for
    design, construction, renovation, and operations
    and maintenance of new and renovated school
    facilities.
  • Complements IAQ Tools for Schools guidance for
    existing schools.

  • Promotes IAQ in the context of high
    performance schools.

Visit www.epa.gov/schooldesign
24
Mold Remediation
  • New Non-Regulatory Guidance
  • Aimed at Building Managers, Professional
    Remediators, Anyone Dealing with Mold Issues
  • Mold Prevention and Remediation
  • Checklists and Resources
  • Communication with Building Occupants

25
IAQ TfS Walkthrough Video
  • Demonstrates how to conduct a school walkthrough
    and use the information found to prioritize IAQ
    improvements.
  • Helps identify most commonly found IAQ problems
    in schools
  • Gives non-technical approach for evaluating
    potential IAQ problems.
  • To order, call the IAQ INFO Hotline at
    1-800-438-4318

26
IAQ TfS Mentor Network

WHAT IS THE IAQ TfS MENTOR NETWORK? A new
resource that pairs experienced users of the IAQ
TfS Kit with schools and school districts that
are beginning to implement the Kit. WHY CREATE
A MENTOR NETWORK? To give schools and school
districts an opportunity to obtain assistance
with developing their IAQ program. WHO IS
INVOLVED IN THE MENTOR NETWORK? Participants
include School superintendents, principals,
teachers, head custodians, engineers, maintenance
and facilities personnel, school nurses, and
faculty members.
27
IAQ TfS Mentor Network, contd
Benefits as a
  • Mentor
  • EPA award recognition as an IAQ TfS Mentor.
  • A written case study on your experiences.
  • The Mentor Network Kit.
  • Endless gratitude from schools across the
    country.
  • Shared experiences and successes with IAQ.
  • Participant
  • Access to mentors to assist with IAQ issues.
  • The Mentor Network Kit.
  • A written case study on your experiences.
  • Shared experiences and successes with IAQ.

28
How to Get Started with the Mentor Network
  • If you are
  • Just starting out with the IAQ TfS Kit and need
    assistance or
  • Have achieved some success and interested in
    helping others by becoming an IAQ TfS Mentor
  • Contact Kara Miller, U.S. EPA at (202) 564-9775
    or miller.kara_at_epa.gov for more information on
    how to join.

29
IAQ TfS Mentor of the Year Award
  • The award will recognize an individual for
    assisting schools with their IAQ TfS programs at
    the school or school district level.
  • EPA will prepare a case study and press release
    on the award recipient prepare a press kit to
    highlight the award winners accomplishments
    involving the IAQ TfS Program and Mentor Network
    in their hometown and be featured on EPAs IAQ
    TfS Web site.
  • HOW TO APPLY
  • Contact Kara Miller, U.S. EPA at (202) 564-9775
    or miller.kara_at_epa.gov for more information on
    how to apply.

30
EPA Hosts 4th Annual IAQ Tools for Schools
National Symposium

WHO Over 400 School Board Officials,
Administrators, School Nurses, Teachers, Facility
Managers, School and Health Association Members,
parents and others from around the U.S. and
abroad. WHAT Experts will discuss hot issues
including new school construction, asthma, mold
remediation, student performance, communications,
financing, and networking. WHY EPA will build
on its success with the 4th Annual Indoor Air
Quality Tools for Schools National Symposium and
will present Excellence awards to schools with
exemplary indoor air quality programs.
31
How To Register
  • The Symposium will take place on October 26-28,
    2003 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC.
  • Application and registration packets are
    currently available on EPAs Web site. You can
    register online. The registration fee is 250.
  • Watch EPAs Web site www.epa.gov/iaq/schools for
    additional information on the Symposium and the
    Awards Program.

32
IAQ TfS Awards Program
  • WHAT AWARDS ARE OFFERED?
  • IAQ TfS Great Start Award -
  • Made a commitment the IAQ TfS Program and Kit.
  • IAQ TfS Leadership Award
  • Implemented the IAQ TfS Kit and developed an IAQ
    management plan.
  • IAQ TfS Excellence Award
  • Demonstrated outstanding achievement in
    implementation of the IAQ TfS Kit and in their
    communications and outreach efforts.
  • HOW TO APPLY
  • Contact Michele Guarneiri, U.S. EPA at (202)
    564-9099 to obtain criteria information,
    applications, and additional information.

33
Additional Resources
  • IAQ INFO Hotline (To Order A Kit) 1-800-438-4318
  • IAQ TfS Technical Hotline 1-866-837-3721
  • EPA Headquarters Kara Miller
    Ariel Rios Building
  • 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
  • Washington, DC 20460
  • (202) 564-9775
  • miller.kara_at_epa.gov
  • IAQ Web Site www.epa.gov/iaq/schools

34
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