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.
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.
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.
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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.
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
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:
Identify buildings that could become part of your 2015 competition team, and choose a snazzy team name.
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.)
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.
EPA will be awarding recognition in the following energy and water categories:
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!
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.
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EPA Publishes New Guidance for Schools Integrating Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency
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.
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?
If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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 SchoolsWebinar 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.
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.