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Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program

Creating Healthy Indoor Air for America’s Children

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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.
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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
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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 aren’t in school can’t 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 person’s ability to perform specific mental tasks requiring concentration, calculation or memory.
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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.
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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
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Schools are Unique

  • Tight Budgets
  • Densely Populated Space
  • Old Buildings/Deferred Maintenance
  • Special Sources of Pollution
  • “Inventive” Space Utilization
  • Additions/Temporary Space
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Blocked Return Vent

For air to come

out of here

It has to get in there

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What’s That Odor?

Window

Dumpster

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How Did That Smell Get Back In Here?

Outside Air Intake

Bathroom Exhaust

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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!
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Key Featuresof the

IAQ Tools for Schools Kit

  • Low Cost
  • Adaptable to Individual School/School District Needs
  • No Specialized Training Required
  • Voluntary
  • Common Sense Approach
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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

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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.

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IAQ TfS Mentor Network, cont’d

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.
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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@epa.gov for more information on how to join.

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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 winner’s accomplishments involving the IAQ TfS Program and Mentor Network in their hometown; and be featured on EPA’s IAQ TfS Web site.
  • HOW TO APPLY:

Contact Kara Miller, U.S. EPA at (202) 564-9775 or miller.kara@epa.gov for more information on how to apply.

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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.

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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 EPA’s Web site. You can register online. The registration fee is $250.
  • Watch EPA’s Web site www.epa.gov/iaq/schools for additional information on the Symposium and the Awards Program.
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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) 564-9099to obtain criteria information, applications, and additional information.
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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@epa.gov

  • IAQ Web Site:www.epa.gov/iaq/schools
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ORDER THE KIT TODAY

Help Improve the

IAQ in Your School