Water quality emergencies can create environmental and health hazards for students and staff in addition to disrupting operations for days or even weeks at a time. Proper planning can help schools contain the scope of a water quality emergency, reduce the potential for exposures to students and staff, and minimize the disruption to operations.
Five Types of School Water Quality Emergencies and How to Address Them
Regularly monitoring indoor air quality can help identify problem areas and opportunities for improvement. Ongoing monitoring of contaminants requires an investment of staff time and financial resources. So, it’s important to carefully consider the unique needs and challenges of your school facilities when selecting technical devices to perform air testing and determine contaminant levels.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics announced a new funding opportunity for providing technical assistance to businesses (e.g., information, training, expert advice) on source reduction, also known as pollution prevention (P2) to improve human health and the environment in disadvantaged communities.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics announced a new funding opportunity for providing technical assistance to businesses seeking to develop and adopt pollution prevention (P2) practices that advance environmental justice in underserved communities. The EPA anticipates awarding $8 million in 2023, with individual grant awards ranging from $100,000 to $800,000 for the funding period.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights announced a new funding opportunity to assist nonprofit organizations working to address environmental or public health issues in their communities.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights announced a new funding opportunity to support activities that lead to measurable environmental or public health impacts in communities disproportionately affected by climate, environmental, and human health harms and risks.
The Healthy Green Schools & Colleges self-assessment is a no-cost tool that lets you measure your facilities’ indoor air quality and sustainability performance against a national standard. Taking the test will identify specific opportunities for improvement and low- or no-cost steps you can take to raise your score in procurement, facility operations, and building systems maintenance. Here are a few additional ways the self-assessment results can be used to improve your facilities.
Anyone interested in learning more about or joining the Healthy Green Schools & Colleges program will benefit from taking the HGSC self-assessment. School districts and universities that complete the assessment will receive key information on which HGSC standard criteria their institution already complies with as well as areas in which the institution needs to improve in order to meet certification thresholds.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a new funding opportunity for K-12 public schools to upgrade infrastructure in their facilities, including for energy and HVAC improvements.
Improving indoor air quality in schools is not an all-or-nothing proposition. These are a few measures that can dramatically improve school indoor air quality without requiring a full infrastructure overhaul.