IAQ Tools for Schools
Find an IAQ Champion
EPA Region 4 Contact
Phone: (404) 562-9136
Address: Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center, 61 Forsyth St., SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Region 4 IAQ Champions
This information will be updated, so please check back. The page was last updated on January 31, 2013
Jefferson County Public Schools, Birmingham, Ala.
Contact: Eddie Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) experienced an unusual and expensive IAQ problem when a smoke and chemical backup during a roof replacement led to the medical treatment of students and staff and required a $450,000 cleanup effort. The local chapter of the American Federation of Teachers brought the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance to the attention of the district administrators and, along with the National Education Association, provided grant funding for IAQ trainings. Initial walkthrough inspections revealed technical problems, such as closed dampers and clogged filters. Addressing problems that had existed for years, such as inadequate ventilation in the classrooms and asthma triggers, became higher priorities once channels of communication had improved and response procedures were in place. While continuing to resolve existing problems, JCPS is focusing on the future by introducing a green cleaning pilot program in eight schools while serving as an IAQ mentor for other Alabama school districts.
Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, Fla.
The IAQ team at Hillsborough County Public Schools credits its program ─ which is based on the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance ─ with saving thousands of dollars and creating a greater understanding of IAQ issues among staff. The district trained its safety specialists in the identification and resolution of basic IAQ problems. The district continues its dedication to sustaining a comprehensive IAQ management program and ensuring healthy learning environments for students and staff.
Okaloosa County School District, Walton Beach, Fla.
Contact: Bill Smith, email@example.com
Prior to developing an IAQ management program, Okaloosa County used to receive hundreds of IAQ complaints each year. Led by Dr. William (Bill) Smith, district Director of Facilities, the school district aggressively implemented an IAQ management program based on the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance and has seen a dramatic drop-off in IAQ problems. Its success led the school board to adopt the IAQ Tools for Schools approach as policy, making it mandatory for all facilities.
Pinellas County School Board, Largo, Fla.
Contact: Thomas Ladun, firstname.lastname@example.org
Located in Florida's most densely populated county, Pinellas County Schools (PCS) faced a challenging climate and tight budget constraints. After a serious mold outbreak, PCS adopted an IAQ management plan and appointed a single coordinator to standardize responses to IAQ concerns — with an emphasis on prevention and prioritization. Integrated pest management, radon screening, and other procedures are used to help prevent future problems. The district initially implements short-term fixes to address any problems that arise, and then seeks to identify long-term solutions.
The School Board of Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Contact: Jeffery Moquin, email@example.com
The district operates its IAQ management program with complete senior level buy-in, from the superintendent to the school board. Technology also plays a major role in the district's success. IAQ information is collected during building walkthroughs by hand-held personal data assistants, which automatically assign a priority code and upload to a district database. Reports and follow-up actions are then placed on the district's website, where stakeholders can easily access them. Other innovations include a no-idling policy for school buses and the adoption of sustainable building approaches such as the use of green cleaning products. The IAQ Tools for Schools guidance has become institutionalized through the budgeting process as well, with resources earmarked for HVAC and roof maintenance needs.
The School District of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Contact: Chris Skerlec, firstname.lastname@example.org
The School District of Palm Beach County maintains good IAQ in their 160 schools through continual training, policies and perseverance. Palm Beach County School District established the Environmental Control Office, which used the methods and analysis outlined in the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit to develop programs for HVAC preventive maintenance, integrated pest management, carpet removal and classroom pets. The district has noted a drop in IAQ-related complaints since this program was developed.
Richmond County Board of Education, Augusta, Ga.
Contact: Benton Starks, email@example.com
The Richmond County Board of Education believes that a safe, healthy and orderly environment is essential to learning. For this reason, when the district encountered costly IAQ issues, it decided to follow the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance in order to turn its reactive approach to IAQ into a proactive low-cost, environmental and energy management program. Believing that effective communication is key to creating healthy learning environments, the IAQ team presented an IAQ management plan to the board and it was approved. Now that the plan is in place, the district educates staff on IAQ issues, conducts walkthroughs, and develops low-cost solutions to maintaining a healthy learning and working environment for students, faculty and staff. Additionally, the district fosters friendly competition among its schools through contests that encourage cleanliness and recognizes its own IAQ champions.
Savannah-Chatham County Public School District, Savannah, Ga.
School nurses work on the front lines of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School District's IAQ efforts. In August 2000, the district and the Chatham County Board of Health's Environmental Health Division provided the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit and training to nurses at all 54 schools. The nurses began implementing this guidance by developing asthma management plans and sharing information with parents and school staff. The district's risk manager also provided IAQ training to maintenance and custodial staff. The district and Health Department are taking the IAQ message beyond the school, cooperating with community groups and government agencies to promote improved IAQ in homes.
Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, Ky.
Contact: Jim Vaughn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Developing a proactive approach to managing IAQ district wide, Jefferson County Public Schools took steps to improve knowledge, communications and teamwork. Using the information provided in the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit, the district offers training for team building and problem solving skills focused on managing and preventing IAQ problems. Team members conduct weekly walkthroughs in all schools, implement an integrated pest management program, conduct routine radon testing and mitigation, and regularly monitor airflow in its buildings. These efforts have led to concrete results — student attendance rates and test scores are rising, and there are fewer complaints about IAQ issues. The district's other outreach efforts include serving on various organization boards, participating in school and organization meetings, and encouraging other school districts to adopt good IAQ practices.
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, N.C.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has systematized its IAQ management efforts. Any building occupant can draw attention to a potential issue by submitting a request online or through a call center — and get a response within 24 hours from one of the district's trained building services staff. The district completed a baseline assessment of its buildings, and analyzed the data with the University of Tulsa. The district has also embraced the U.S. Green Buildings Council's LEED certification program for high-performance schools. District staff trained 22 other North Carolina school districts and participated on a state panel focusing on K-12 sanitation rules and contributed articles on IAQ, mold and radon.
Buist Academy for Advanced Studies, Charleston, S.C.
Students played a pivotal role in launching the Buist Academy for Advanced Studies' IAQ management program. In 2000, a sixth grade class designed a model classroom to demonstrate how the learning environment could be improved. Using checklists provided in the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit, students, along with staff members, performed walkthroughs to identify areas of primary concern. They focused on window restoration and researched the impacts of natural lighting in classrooms on health, academic performance and energy costs. The following year's sixth graders continued the project by conducting several months of research to determine alternatives to worn-out carpet in the school. After reviewing the students' report, the school board and PTA approved new window and carpet purchases for the school using outside funds, including contributions from student fundraisers, local businesses and manufacturers. The students have also participated in presentations to local youth service organizations and prepared a video to help other schools implement the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance. This involvement has generated positive publicity and interest from organizations and other school districts.
Blount County School System, Maryville, Tenn.
Contact: Brian Bell, email@example.com
Blount County School System established an IAQ prevention and remediation structure, using the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance to address mold and HVAC issues in their schools. The central IAQ committee includes school administrators, county government, an HVAC contractor and a school architect.
Don Ray, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Air Quality Division, Nashville, Tenn.
Don Ray of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Air Quality Division — through his effective collaboration with local and state health and education departments — works to improve IAQ in Tennessee schools. He has regularly organized regional semi-annual IAQ workshops for schools' administrators, teachers, nurses and facility personnel. Don's unflagging support and tenacious school outreach efforts have contributed to the increased use of the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit.
Williamson County School District, Franklin, Tenn.
After its success with the American Lung Association's Open Airways Program, Williamson County School District decided to implement the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance — starting out with completing IAQ walkthroughs. The walkthroughs led to the development of IAQ-related goals for the maintenance department. These changes included replacing plug-in deodorizers with natural alternatives, limiting classroom pets and drafting plans for ventilation system replacement. The IAQ team educated school staff during faculty meetings and coordinated district-wide asthma training during teacher in-service days. The maintenance department also played a critical role by creating detailed packets that explained the district's IAQ management plan, results of walkthroughs and reference materials.