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  • School IAQ Assessment Mobile App

    On August 12, EPA released a new tool to help you conduct comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) facility assessments. The School IAQ Assessment Mobile App is now available – free of charge – to complement an existing IAQ management program and serve as the foundation for IAQ management in your district. A school walkthrough is an essential component of a comprehensive IAQ management program. Just like going to the doctor for your check-up, conducting school facility assessments should be part of your preventative care plan. Prevention saves time and money in the long run. This new School IAQ Assessment Mobile App will help you identify, prioritize and resolve IAQ issues.

    With this new FREE app you can—

    • Access the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit guidance.
    • Complete 11 school IAQ assessment checklists, organized by school area (e.g., building and grounds maintenance, teacher's classroom, HVAC, new renovations).
    • Submit the completed checklist assessment forms (in Excel format) to a designated IAQ coordinator.
    • Attach pictures and add notes about IAQ problems to your completed checklists.


    EPA Mobile App

    1. Drupal-ready web banner and mobile app icon – download here.

    2. Link to 4 various sized widgets. The HTML coding appears below each image, which can be copied and pasted into the back end of a web site and the widget will *magically* appear.

    3. Link to press release


  • IAQ Resources Are on the Move With the New Mobile App

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just released a new tool to help you take stock of your facilities. The School IAQ Assessment Mobile App is now available – free of charge – to complement your existing IAQ management program and serve as the foundation for IAQ management in your district.

    EPA Mobile App

    A school walkthrough is an essential component of a comprehensive IAQ management program. Just like going to the doctor for your check-up, conducting school facility assessments should be part of your long-term preventative care. Prevention saves time and money in the long run. This new School IAQ Assessment Mobile App will help you identify, prioritize and resolve IAQ issues.

    With this new FREE app you can—

    • Access the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit guidance.
    • Complete 11 school IAQ assessment checklists, organized by school area (e.g., building and grounds maintenance, teacher's classroom, HVAC, new renovations).
    • Submit the completed checklist assessment forms (in Excel format) to a designated IAQ coordinator.
    • Attach pictures and add notes about IAQ problems to your completed checklists.

    Get the App

    Put EPA's School IAQ Assessment Mobile App to the test, and let us know how your school is using this new tool. You can submit comments, recommendations for improvements and questions to iaqschools@epa.gov.

    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 www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.


  • Webinar – IAQ and Health: Managing Asthma for Improved Health and Academic Outcomes

    Thursday, May 14, 2015, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT

    Tackle asthma in schools head-on! Join IAQ experts as they discuss the importance of addressing indoor environmental asthma triggers and incorporating a comprehensive asthma management plan in schools.

    Register today!

    On Thursday, May 14, 2015, EPA is hosting IAQ and Health: Managing Asthma for Improved Health and Academic Outcomes, an exciting learning opportunity in the IAQ Master Class Professional Training Webinar Series. This webinar will feature SHIELD Network / IAQ experts Shirley Schantz, Director of Nursing Education at the National Association of School Nurses; Barbara M. Kaplan, Director of Asthma Education at the American Lung Association; and Diane Rhodes, Assistant Director of Health Services and Asthma Awareness Education Program at the North East Independent School District in Texas. These experts will discuss the importance of addressing indoor environmental asthma triggers and incorporating a comprehensive asthma management plan in schools.

    You can view the entire IAQ Master Class Professional Webinar Training schedule here: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/masterclasswebinars/index.html.


  • 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 http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/masterclasswebinars/creating.html.

    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 http://epa.gov/iaq/schools/masterclasswebinars/making_the_case.html.

    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 iaqschools@epa.gov.

    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 https://education.cefpi.org


  • 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!

    Questions?
    If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at iaqschools@epa.gov.

    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 http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.



  • 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 www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.


  • 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: www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/actionkit.html


  • 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: www.epa.gov/schools/


  • Seeking answers for key questions regarding high performance schools? Get them at: www.epa.gov/iaq/


    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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