Closing the Gap: Addressing Asthma Disparities in Schools
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Webinar: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT. Hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Question & Answer Session: 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. EDT in the AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org Discussion Forum
Join this webinar to hear how two innovative programs used a comprehensive, partnership-based approach to reduce the burden of asthma in their school systems.
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD): This is the second largest public school district in the nation, with about 650,000 students, many of whom are from families living at or below the national poverty level. LAUSD's program is remarkable: it reduced the number of ER visits and hospitalizations for its kids, increased attendance rates and brought in an additional $100,000 in revenue to the district as a result of improved attendance.
The Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey (PACNJ): PACNJ partners with schools, physicians, health insurance companies, community groups, child care providers and environmental agencies to reach many of the largest inner city school districts in New Jersey struggling with asthma disparities. To promote asthma friendly environments, PACNJ developed the criteria-based Asthma Friendly School Award. Over 600 schools have received the award demonstrating their commitment to indoor air quality.
Sheila Brown, U.S. EPA, Indoor Environments Division
Do you have a question for the speakers?
Please post your questions in the Discussion Forum on AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org. Questions will be answered online in the Discussion Forum from 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. EDT during the Q&A Session.
How do I post a question?
To post a question, you must be a member of AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org. Not a member? Visit AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org and click "Join Now" in the top right-hand side of the screen. Then, click on the Discussion Forum to post a question and access the online Q&A session after the webinar.
Please note: This webinar will last approximately 60 minutes and the Q&A session will last approximately 30 minutes. You will need a high-speed Internet connection and a telephone line to interact with speakers and other participants. Call-in information will be provided upon registration.
Are you a member of AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org? If not, we encourage you to join today! This online Network is designed for school and community-based asthma programs that are committed to improving asthma outcomes in their communities. AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org also features resources tailored for schools, including:
If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com.
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.
EPA's 2014 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Team Challenge is fast approaching, and we need your help to get the word out!
Join us in promoting this Biggest Loser-style competition that pits commercial buildings against each other to see who can save the most energy and water. Your members can participate to save energy and water, while saving money in the process. Registration will be open April 16–May 16, 2014.
How does it work?
Individual buildings and teams will compete to see who can reduce energy consumption the most between the 2013 and 2014 calendar years on a percentage basis, based on Portfolio Manager benchmarking results. Buildings and teams can also choose to compete for recognition as a top water saver.
For the first time ever, groups of five or more buildings can compete as teams! Why teams this year? Because teaming up is a great way to motivate, collaborate, and learn new strategies that can lead to bigger savings for everyone!
How can your members get recognized?
EPA has lots of recognition opportunities this year, including:
Top Team: The team that reduces its energy or water use the most on a percentage basis over the course of the competition.
Top Building: The building that reduces its energy or water use the most on a percentage basis over the course of the competition.
Top Building by Category: The building in each category that reduces its energy or water use the most on a percentage basis over the course of the competition.
20% Team Reduction: Any team that reduces its energy or water use by at least 20% over the course of the competition.
20% Building Reduction: Any building that reduces its energy or water use by at least 20% over the course of the competition.
How can you help spread the word?
As an association, you can join the fun by organizing a team of your members, or encourage your members to form their own teams or simply enter their own buildings in the competition. Use the email template, postcard, presentation slide, and web buttons (below) to notify your members so they can be ready to sign up during the registration period, April 16–May 16, 2014. It's a great way to provide added value to your members by giving them time to secure the necessary buy-in before registration opens.
Thank you – and may the best building or team win!
EPA's ENERGY STAR program
Be a School IAQ Detective: Using the Walkthrough to Identify and Solve Common IAQ Problems
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST.
Do you know what to look for when observing the condition of your school buildings? Join IAQ experts Richard Prill from Washington State University (Retired) and David Blake from the Northwest Clean Air Agency on a virtual school walkthrough, providing you with a comprehensive and effective process for identifying, diagnosing and solving common IAQ issues.
Spring is around the corner, so it's time to help your knowledge grow! Join EPA's ENERGY STAR program for commercial buildings to learn about a variety of topics, including the state of the ENERGY STAR program and using the new Portfolio Manager tool.
To register for upcoming trainings, click the links below or visit esbuildings.webex.com. 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 email@example.com.
State of the ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial Program
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm EST
Join us for a stakeholder call in which we'll discuss the current state of the ENERGY STAR program, the energy efficiency landscape in the public, commercial, and industrial sectors, and our plans for 2014 and beyond.
Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Spreadsheet Templates
Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm EST
Portfolio Manager "Office Hours" is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA in an open forum. In March, the topic will be using Excel spreadsheet templates to upload your data. The first 20-30 minutes of the session will be spent on this topic, while the remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager (not limited to the focus topic).
Portfolio Manager 101
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm EST
Get started using EPA's Portfolio Manager tool. We'll introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of the Portfolio Manager tool, including how to enter properties, enter energy and water data, share data with others, and generate performance reports.
Portfolio Manager 201
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm EST
Take a deeper dive into the more advanced functionalities of Portfolio Manager such as managing changes in property uses over time, using spreadsheet templates to quickly upload data, setting goals, and creating custom reports.
In addition to the above trainings, the following ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT webinars are offered by EPA.
Data Center Energy Efficiency Opportunities: What Managers Should Know
Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm EST
Through this easy to understand presentation on data center energy efficiency opportunities, gain an understanding of the drivers of data center energy costs; common energy savings opportunities; how to spot these opportunities and initiate changes; and available resources for further assistance.
EPA One-Day Training: Healthy Schools – Healthy Children Conference
March 6, 2014 School District of Philadelphia Education Center
440 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Join your peers at the Healthy Schools – Healthy Children Conference on March 6, 2014, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This FREE, one-day training will focus on how school district personnel can take simple, low-cost steps to advance comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) management in schools while saving money, improving health, and decreasing student and staff absenteeism. Click here for more information.
EPA Webinar: CDC Study Shows Great Progress in School IAQ Management and Physical Environment
February 27, 2014, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET.
Does your school or school district have policies and practices in place to promote student health and academic performance? Are you interested in learning more about the policies being used in tens of thousands of school districts across the country to ensure a healthy and safe learning environment? Click here for more information. Register now!
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.
Apply for EPA's National Environmental Leadership Award in
Each year, 10.5 million school days are missed due to asthma. Your work is changing that. You are helping children stay healthy and in school. Thanks to your attention and passion for maintaining healthy indoor learning environments and addressing environmental asthma triggers, more children are thriving at school and at home.
Now is the time to tell your story and be recognized and celebrated for all you do. Take a moment today to start your application for the National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management. Schools can apply under the Communities in Action category.
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.