An Accessible Roadmap to Healthy Indoor Air Quality

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Two years ago it was a struggle to generate public interest in topics like ventilation and HVAC maintenance, but the COVID pandemic has highlighted just how much the air we breathe matters, especially in learning environments. Schools have returned to in-person learning forever more invested in the health and safety of indoor spaces, but without a definitive roadmap for understanding and addressing the complex factors that affect indoor air quality. At the same time, the American Rescue Plan and 2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act provided tens of billions for American schools, including funds that can be used for health- and sustainability focused facility upgrades. Following the release of the Healthy Green Schools & Colleges national standard for healthy indoor air quality, this session will provide guidance on specific measures that can make a significant difference in indoor air quality without major capital investments, including actions related to cleaning and disinfecting; sustainable purchasing, HVAC and electric maintenance, and indoor air quality testing and monitoring.

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3/22/2023 4:15:00 PM

End Time:

3/22/2023 5:15:00 PM

1. Understand the impacts of cleaning and maintenance routines on indoor air quality and building occupant health.
2. Identify low-cost HVAC maintenance measures that significantly improve indoor air quality.
3. Understand cleaning and disinfecting best practices for health and sustainability.
4. Identify specific actions to improve indoor air quality that don’t require major capital investments.

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