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Indoor Environments & Programs

 

 


Air Toxics and Monitoring Branch Chief
Gregg Worley
Phone: (404) 562-9141

 

Indoor Environments and Grants Section Chief
Stuart Perry
Phone: (404) 562-8980

 


 

EPA’s Indoor Environments Division has released a Request for Applications for demonstration, training, outreach and/or education cooperative agreements that will have a national scale impact to reduce exposure to indoor air contaminants and yield measurable environmental outcomes.  Applications must articulate a plan to produce results that have implications and/or benefits on a national level (in other words, this RFA is not designed to fund small-scale local projects) in one or more of the following program priority areas:  radon, indoor environmental asthma triggers, multiple indoor air quality contaminants.

 

You can download the RFA from OAR’s grants funding page at http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html

 

Office of Radiation & Indoor Air -- National Indoor Environments Program:  Reducing Public Exposure to Indoor Pollutants
RFA# EPA-OAR-ORIA-14-03, Closing Date: April 21, 2014

 

SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities for demonstration, training, outreach and/or education cooperative agreements that will have a national scale impact to reduce exposure to indoor air contaminants and yield measurable environmental outcomes.  

 

 

Questions? NationalIndoorEnvironmentsRFA2014@epa.gov

 

 

 

Introduction

EPA Region 4’s Indoor Environments Programs are designed to improve the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in homes, schools, and workplaces.  These programs include, asthma, green buildings, IAQ Tools for Schools, radon, secondhand smoke, and general IAQ (including mold, moisture, and carbon monoxide).  Region 4’s Indoor Environments Staff, also promotes sunwise, a sun safety program, to school aged children.  Below is more information on these programs.  If you have questions or need technical assistance please contact an EPA staff person listed under our contact information.

 

Asthma and Secondhand Smoke - http://www.epa.gov/region4/air/radon/r4asthma.htm

Green Building
EPA Region 4 promotes the construction of and conversion to green buildings in the southeast.  Our Green Building promotional activities include making presentations to organizations associated with construction, engineering, building management.  Please see the below links on green buildings. 

http://www.epa.gov/greenbuilding

For questions, please contact Henry Slack at (404) 562-9143 or slack.henry@epa.gov.

 

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools

Region 4’s IAQ Tools for Schools program approach is to provide school districts with practical guidelines consistent with EPA’s recommendations for improving the indoor environment along with other respected indoor air quality research.  We offer an opportunity to visit districts to present proven, effective actions and steps based upon forward thinking in how school administrators manage institutional behaviors and maintenance protocols that potentially contribute towards unresolved IAQ concerns.  EPA realizes the challenges school administrators face to balance shrinking maintenance budgets in tandem with maintaining healthy indoor environment. 

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

 

EPA offers schools an opportunity to participate on webinars with experienced speakers familiar with school facilities, recent trends in classroom pollutant remediation, and prudent school spending.  Please visit EPA’s website to locate the Resources for Schools box on the IAQ Tools for School page at:   http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/actionkit.html.

 

For questions, please contact Lashon Blakely at (404) 562-9136 or blakely.lashon@epa.gov.

 

Additional links:

Healthy School Environment Resources

http://cfpub.epa.gov/schools/index.cfm

Siting of School Facilities

http://www.epa.gov/schools/siting/index.html

The Framework for Effective School IAQ Management:

Six Key Drivers of Success

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

 

Radon
Region 4’s Radon Program promotes radon awareness, testing, mitigation and prevention via many activities.  The foundations of these efforts are the STATE INDOOR RADON GRANTS awarded to the eight southeast states. The states use the grants to promote: radon testing and where necessary mitigation; testing as part of real estate transactions; use of radon-resistant new construction techniques, and development of a proficient industry. The Region program and some state programs also provide technical assistance in project development, design of surveys, testing and mitigation of schools, radon mapping issues, and promotion of a variety of coalitions. Links to southeastern states radon web sites and EPA radon sites are below.

Home Page: http://www.epa.gov/radon

Links to other organizations: http://www.epa.gov/radon/rnlinks.html

State radon contacts: http://www.epa.gov/radon/whereyoulive.html

For questions, please contact Henry Slack at (404) 562-9143 (slack.henry@epa.gov) or Artra Cooper at (404) 562-9047 (cooper.artra@epa.gov)

 

General IAQ
Region 4 provides assistance to the public by answering questions from individuals concerning all aspects of indoor air quality.  Region staff also accommodate request for speakers on indoor air quality, mold and moisture, carbon monoxide, green buildings, secondhand smoke, asthma, radon, and school indoor air issues.  In addition, we solicit your participation in our request for applications that fund a small number of grants each year on asthma, secondhand smoke, IAQ Tools for Schools, mold, and general indoor air quality; for more information on grants, visit www.grants.gov and search for "Indoor Environments.

Mold Resources – "Many types of molds exist. All molds have the potential to cause health effects. Molds can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to mold.  Since mold requires water to grow, it is important to prevent moisture problems in buildings." http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldresources.html

Carbon Monoxide –
"Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are aware it is in your home. At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu.
These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue."
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/co.html

For questions, please contact Henry Slack at (404) 562-9143 (slack.henry@epa.gov)

 

SunWise – EPA Region 4’s Sunwise
EPA’s SunWise program is intended for grades K-8 to educate care givers of young children, teachers and students about the risk of over exposure to the sun’s rays.  To this end, EPA has developed the SunWise Kit that combines developmentally appropriate curriculum (i.e., math, reading, and spelling) with fun activities to increase students’ knowledge of action steps that leads reduced risk in developing skin cancer later in life.  Region 4 staff seeks opportunities to visit schools, daycares, and summer camps to lead students in discussions and activities that lead to practicing sun safe behaviors.

SunWise Partner Schools receive materials that facilitate cross-curricular classroom learning. The program also encourages schools to provide a sun-safe infrastructure, including shade structures (e.g., canopies, trees) and policies (e.g., using hats, sunscreen, sunglasses) that promote sun protection in a school setting.” http://www.epa.gov/sunwise

Any of the activities in the SunWise Tool Kit can be completed while playing the Sunscreen Dance music – to liven up the classroom environment! Here are some specific activities that can be enhanced with the Sunscreen Dance, a fun and educational song by the Swingset Mamas.”  http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/funactivities.html

For questions, please contact Lashon Blakely at (404) 562-9136 or blakely.lashon@epa.gov.

Energy Efficiency/Energy Star Region 4
In Region 4, our work spans across all of the Energy Star sectors.  Our efforts tend to focus more in the residential and utility program areas; however, we also take advantage of market transformation opportunities through public relation activities.   Regional staff has experience since the inception of the program in 1991 and can work with stakeholders in any of the areas – residential (new and existing), commercial (new and existing), industrial, products, and the various partnership areas. The Region also hosts or attends meetings and trainings with various partner groups such as Service and Product providers, National Energy Star Homes meetings, Home Builder Association trainings, National Lighting Partner meetings, and utility roundtables.

For questions, please contact Danny Orlando at (404) 562-9087 or orlando.danny@epa.gov

 

 

ENERGY STAR/Energy Efficiency
Links

www.energystar.gov

www.seealliance.org (SE Energy Alliance)

www.southface.org (Southface Energy Institute)

www.eia.doe.gov (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

www.naseo.org (National Association of State Energy Officials)

www.dsireusa.org (state incentives for renewable energy)

www.bcap-energy.org (building codes)

 

Hotline:  1-888-STARYes

 


For information about the contents of this page please contact Stuart Perry


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