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  • Indoor Air Quality Plus Energy Efficiency Webinar: A Formula for Saving Money While Protecting Health

    Thursday, March 12, 2015, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT
    Want to learn how to put in place key strategies for improving energy efficiency in your school buildings? Join IAQ experts as they explain the link between IAQ and Energy Efficiency and showcase how school districts are saving money and energy while improving occupant health and performance.

    Register today at

  • Announcing: IAQ Training, Expertise and Mentorship Whenever You
    Want It!

    The Indoor Air Quality Master Class Webinar Series will be available for online streaming

    Available NOW to Watch On-Demand –
    The Creating Healthy Indoor Environments in Schools: The Knowledge, Network and Actions You Need webinar can now be viewed online. Sixteen IAQ Champions demonstrate how to start, improve and sustain an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) management program using the proven approaches and strategies in EPA's Framework for Effective IAQ Management. Watch now at

    The Making the Case for Environmental Health, Academic Performance and High-Performing Facilities webinar can now be viewed online. Hear about the most compelling and motivational evidence for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) management in schools and what award-winning school districts are achieving, such as increased cost savings and improved student performance. Watch now at

    Tell us how we did! After viewing the webinars, we would like your feedback to help us improve future Indoor Air Quality Master Class webinars and activities. Please take a few minutes to complete the brief online webinar evaluation. The form should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Please note: This form may not function properly in older versions of Internet Explorer.

    Get Your Certificate: Upon completion of the evaluation, you will have access to a link for a certificate of completion for viewing this webinar. AIA CEUs Now Available! To receive 1.5 Learning Units toward American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Health, Safety, and Welfare and Sustainable Design (HSW/SD) standards, please send your full name, AIA#, email address and the webinar topic to

    Mark Your Calendars!
    Join Us for Future IAQ Master Class Webinars

    As part of our ongoing effort to continue the momentum to create healthy schools indoor environments in all our nation's schools, we are pleased to announce the launching of our new IAQ Master Class Webinar Series.

    At the June 2014 SHIELD Summit, the SHIELD Network began work on designing ten 1-hour technical core-competency web-based training intended to build the capacity of school district staff across the country to start, improve, or sustain an IAQ management program.

    The webinars will feature technical experts, industry leaders and model school districts from the SHIELD Network. CEU's are pending and certificates of completion will provided to all who complete the post training evaluation. The live broadcasts will be recorded an made available for on-demand viewing on the EPA website.

    Mark your calendar to join 10-Part IAQ Master Class Technical Webinar Series. See schedule below.

    Webinar TopicWebinar Date
    Creating Healthy Indoor Environments in Schools Watch On-Demand!
    Making the CaseWatch On-Demand!
    HVAC SystemsOn-Demand Link Coming Soon! (Recorded 1/22/2015)
    Moisture and MoldOn-Demand Link Coming Soon! (Recorded 2/12/15)
    Energy Efficiency and IAQ3/12/15 – Register Now!
    Integrated Pest Management4/16/15
    Asthma Management5/07/15
    Cleaning and Maintenance6/04/15
    Materials Selection7/16/15
    Source Control8/06/15

  • CEFPI Webinar – The Teacher Is In: School Siting Tools You Can Use

    Schools are a major community investment, and their location influences where people choose to live and how communities grow. Join us on Thursday, February 5, 1:30-2:30 Eastern, for "The Teacher Is In: School Siting Tools You Can Use," a webinar hosted by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI). Participants will learn about EPA's Smart School Siting Tool, which can help communities evaluate the location of a proposed school site in relation to existing population and infrastructure, community planning priorities, and community health. The tool also provides a cost calculator to compare capital and operating costs associated with each site's unique characteristics. Speakers include:

    • Regina Langton, Senior Policy Analyst, EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities
    • Katherine Moore, Director of Georgia Conservancy's statewide Sustainable Growth Program
    • Bill Michaud, Senior Technical Advisor for Land and Sustainability Programs, SRA International
    • Nick Salmon, Educational Facility Planner and President of the Montana Chapter of CEFPI

    Learn more about this webinar and register at

  • Register now for the 2015 EPA National Building Competition!

    "What do you think about a contest that would give you $25,000 at the end?" ~ Cassidy Turley (via Twitter)

    Battle of the Buildings

    EPA is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2015 ENERGY STAR Battle of the Buildings: Team Challenge! This is the largest and longest-running competition of its kind, and now it's your chance to get in on the action!

    Don't just do it for the money.
    For the past two years the average annual reduction in energy use has been 8 percent, with average savings of $25,000! Need more reasons to compete?

    • Earn national recognition: Top teams and buildings will earn EPA recognition for cutting their energy and water "wastelines."
    • Get great technical and communications resources: You'll get free technical resources to help you improve, and fun communication tools to engage your employees and tenants.
    • Get some love: Past competitors have said that this was the first time they were able to get anyone in their organization to take notice of energy management.
    • Contribute to a cleaner environment: not only will you save energy and money, you'll reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to a healthier environment and community.

    Get your ducks in a row now.
    To apply, you must:

    1. Identify buildings that could become part of your 2015 competition team, and choose a snazzy team name.
    2. For each building you want to register, enter complete energy use data (from all meters) from 1/1/2014 – 12/31/2014 into Portfolio Manager. (Most of you will have to wait until you get your utility bills in January or February.)
    3. If you wish to compete for water savings recognition, also enter building water consumption data into Portfolio Manager, for all meters, from 1/1/2014 to 12/31/2014.

    Sign up before May 31.
    Got those ducks lined up? Great! Register online by May 31.

    Read more about rules and recognition.
    In short: Teams of five or more buildings will compete to "work off the waste" through improvements in energy and water efficiency with help from EPA's ENERGY STAR program. To win, your team must reduce its average energy or water use the most, on a percentage basis, during 2015.

    Recognition categories
    EPA will be awarding recognition in the following energy and water categories:

    • Top teams
    • Top buildings
    • Top buildings by type
    • Teams reducing by 20% or more
    • Buildings reducing by 20% or more
    • Top Federal building and team

    Teams come in all shapes and sizes
    We're flexible on the definition of "team," as long as you have five or more buildings! Examples of teams include:

    • Your entire portfolio of buildings
    • All middle schools in a school district
    • Eight buildings on a city block
    • Five stores, a warehouse, and an office operated by a retailer
    • Multiple clients of an energy consulting firm
    • Ten stadiums that are members of an association

    Can't field a team this year? That's okay! Your building can still compete individually.

    Get all the details!
    Rules of the game, frequently asked questions, and competitor resources are all available on the competition website. Take a look around, and join the conversation on Twitter by using #ESNBC. We can't wait to see you at the starting weigh-in!

  • Upcoming Training Opportunities with ENERGY STAR®

    Join us to learn about a variety of topics, including achieving energy savings while preserving indoor air quality, updates to Portfolio Manager Web Services, green building rating systems, and how to use the Portfolio Manager tool.

    To register for upcoming trainings, click the links below or visit If you won't be able to attend, you can still view recorded trainings at this site (click "View Event Recordings" in the upper right-hand corner of the screen). If you have any questions, please contact

      Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Treatment Facilities in Portfolio Manager®
      Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm EST
      Learn how to track the progress of energy efficiency efforts and compare the energy use of wastewater treatment plants to other peer facilities across the country. Attendees will learn how to measure and track energy use and carbon dioxide emission reductions in water and wastewater treatment plants to establish baseline energy use, prioritize investments, set goals, and track improvements over time.

      ENERGY STAR® and Green Building Rating Systems
      Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm EST
      During this session, attendees will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, and others.

      The Federal Guiding Principles Checklist in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®
      Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm EST
      This webcast will teach federal energy and sustainability professionals how to use the ENERGY STAR® measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, to help ensure compliance with the Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings required by Executive Orders 13423 and 13514. The focus is on the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Existing Buildings.

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Learn more at

  • The Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Approach: Providing a Framework for Success

    EPA's Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools guidance has been implemented successfully in tens of thousands of schools nationwide. The Framework for Effective School IAQ Management synthesizes the accumulated learning of more than 800 schools involved in a national survey of IAQ management practices; 200 applicants for IAQ Tools for Schools awards; and in-depth interviews, site visits and analysis of five faculty school districts. The Framework provides a common language to describe the drivers of IAQ program success; detailed guidance on the proven strategies, organizational approaches, and leadership styles that are fundamental to program effectiveness; and a clear vision of the pathway to school IAQ excellence. Its highly flexible and adaptable structure allows any school, regardless of location, size, budget or condition, to use the Framework to launch, reinvigorate and sustain an effective IAQ management program. Read more >

  • EPA Publishes New Guidance for Schools Integrating Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency

    EPA Energy Guide

    EPA is excited to announce the release of new guidance, Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades. The Guidelines equip school districts with tools to integrate indoor air quality (IAQ) protections into school energy efficiency retrofits and other building upgrade projects, thus helping schools implement important energy efficiency upgrades without compromising occupant health. Energy management and IAQ protection are critical priorities for school facility management. Renovation and construction activities can create dust, introduce new contaminants and contaminant pathways, create or aggravate moisture problems, and result in inadequate ventilation in occupied spaces. The Guidelines offer opportunities to prevent and control potentially harmful conditions during school renovations.

    By following the recommendations outlined in the Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades, school districts will reap the benefits of improved student and staff health, reduced operational costs, and significant environmental and economic benefits.

    Protect Occupant Health and Lower Energy Costs at Your School

     As school districts pursue energy cost savings and occupant health protection goals, there can be a misconception that the two goals are at odds with one another. In fact, when energy efficiency and IAQ protection goals are integrated and addressed holistically, schools can achieve strong results in both areas.

    Schools can institute practices to address risks and take advantage of opportunities presented by energy upgrades and retrofits. Whether a school's or district's energy-efficiency upgrades and IAQ improvements involve building structure, equipment, or ongoing maintenance and operations, combining these efforts can streamline all phases of the project, saving schools valuable time and money.

     Do You Plan on Renovating a School Facility or Performing Energy Upgrades?

    Before you get started on these projects, make use of the Energy Savings Plus Health Guidelines/a> and the accompanying Energy Savings Plus Health Checklist Generator tool. Together, they will help you customize priorities for your projects and ensure that your efforts to increase energy efficiency do not compromise IAQ (e.g., by reducing ventilation air flow or increasing the risk of moisture problems).

    Get Started Today!

    Download Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades and the Energy Savings Plus Health Checklist Generator tool today!

    If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at

    EPA offers free IAQ Tools for Schools comprehensive resources to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at

  • 15th Anniversary of ENERGY STAR® Certification for Buildings

    Did you know? 2014 is the 15th Anniversary of ENERGY STAR certification for buildings and plants. We're excited to celebrate with you, starting with new, special-edition recognition from EPA!

    Special recognition for 2014 certifications!

    To celebrate 15 years of certification, EPA is offering special one-time recognition to all partners who certify 5, 15, 50, or 150 buildings this year!

    If you achieve one of these milestones, your organization will be highlighted by EPA and receive a special recognition package.

    The deadline for 2014 certification applications has been extended to December 12 to give you additional time to take advantage of this opportunity.

    This special recognition opportunity is only available in 2014, so there's never been a better time to certify and join EPA in building a nation of certified buildings and plants – the ENERGY STAR Certification Nation.

    But there are other ways to get in on the fun, too! Learn more about Certification Nation and ways you can participate!

    Looking back on 15 years...

    • More than 24,000 certified buildings and plants
    • More than 6,000 partners
    • More than $100 billion saved
    • More than 1 billion metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions avoided!

  • Arizona Department of Environmental Quality – Self-Evaluation to Qualify as an Arizona Environmentally Healthy School

    The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is sponsoring a new recognition program to help promote and assist individual schools to become an Arizona Environmentally Healthy (AEH) school. This program recognizes policies and actions taken by schools to help ensure a healthy and safe learning and teaching environment. The checklist is to be used by school principals, or their designees, to certify to ADEQ that their schools have taken actions to safeguard their students, facility, and other personnel against environmental pollutants and other potential environmental risks.

    If your school can certify that it meets 14 of the following 22 criteria, it will be designated as an AEH school and receive an ADEQ certificate stating that your school is environmentally healthy.

    Download the self-evaluation form

  • New Tools Released to Support Sound School Siting

    Are you familiar with EPA's School Siting Guidelines? Do you want to know how to train decision-makers on how to use the School Siting Guidelines? Join the Georgia Conservancy, Mothers & Others for Clean Air, and EPA on June 14, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST at the EPA's Atlanta office for a special train the trainer workshop on how to effectively deliver the training program, Old School, New School, This Place, That Place – An Introduction to Utilizing the EPA School Siting Guidelines.

    Read the press release >

  • IAQ & Schools Videos

    "Taking Action," Video shows how one school successfully implemented the Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit.

    "Ventilation Basics," explains the importance of good indoor air quality and shows how to operate and maintain school ventilation systems effectively.

    "Walkthrough: Four Schools Making a Difference," illustrates how to conduct a thorough school indoor air quality walkthrough. School personnel focus on environmental health issues directly linked to managing indoor air quality.

    For more information, please visit

  • Virtual School Walkthrough: Identifying and Responding to Common IAQ Problems Webinar Resources Now Available!

    The Virtual School Walkthrough: Identifying and Responding to Common IAQ Problems webinar was held on February 26, 2013, and provided participants with a comprehensive and effective process for identifying, diagnosing and solving common IAQ issues.

    A Question and Answer document from this webinar is now available on the IAQ Tools for Schools Webinar Resources page!

    Due to the large file size of this webinar's presentation slides, we will not be posting a PDF of the webinar slides online. However, you can watch a video of a school walkthrough on Northwest Clean Air Agency's website to gain access to the pictures and images that were used during the webinar.

    Want more information? Checkout EPA's online resources! Visit the IAQ Tools for Schools webinar archive to view the webinar follow-up materials from previous Virtual School Walkthrough webinars, including:

  • CEFPI/EPA Healthy Schools Environment Programs

    Healthy School Environments Across Texas
    April 23-24, 2012
    CEFPI/EPA Region 6 Program
    Garland, TX

    View presentations >>

    Healthy School Environments Across the South
    February 23, 2012
    CEFPI/EPA Region 4 Program
    Athens, GA

    View presentations >>

    Effectively Implementing an IEQ Management Program
    May 12, 2011
    CEFPI/EPA Region 6 Program
    San Antonio, TX

    View presentations >>

  • US EPA Tools for Schools Program's Newest Resource

    US EPA IAQ Tools for Schools Program's newest resource, the IAQ and Student Performance Web site, offers the latest scientific evidence demonstrating the relationship of IAQ to key factors that influence student health and performance.

  • Make sure you have your Tools for Schools (TfS) Action Kit

    The IAQ TfS Action Kit shows schools how to carry out a practical plan to improve indoor air problems at little- or no-cost using straightforward activities and in-house staff. The Kit provides best practices, industry guidelines, sample policies, and a sample IAQ management plan. The voluntary guidance can save schools time and money so that resources can be directed toward educating children. The IAQ TfS Action Kit is co-sponsored by the National Parent Teacher Association, National Education Association, Association of School Business Officials, American Federation of Teachers, and the American Lung Association. You can learn more about this at:

  • Learn how to manage an IAQ program in your school district

    EPA's IAQ TfS Program is designed to provide schools with common sense, easy-to-follow, guidance for developing, implementing, and sustaining an IAQ management program. An effective IAQ management program addresses both short-term and long-term IAQ issues, and puts in place policies and standard procedures to prevent future IAQ concerns.

  • EPA's Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEAT) is a free software tool that helps school systems effectively manage environmental issues. Download this at:

  • Seeking answers for key questions regarding high performance schools? Get them at:

    E-mail an EPA official regarding indoor air quality in schools:
    A concern regarding indoor air quality in your school? Need more information and resources from EPA? Click here.

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