Wednesday, November 9, 2011

IAQ Tools for Schools Guidance Featured in Green Ribbon Schools!

The U.S. Department of Education, with the assistance of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), recently launched Green Ribbon Schools. This is the first comprehensive and coordinated federal award program that encompasses three institutional roles of schools related to environmental impact and energy efficiency, healthy environments, and environmental literacy.

This recognition award aims to prompt state education authorities and school communities to take action on the following:

· Energy and resource conservation measures that provide opportunities for cost savings and job creation.

· Environmental and behavioral changes to promote health and productivity among students, staff and other occupants.

· The use of environmental and sustainability education to support students’ preparedness for some of the nation’s fastest growing employment sectors.

EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools guidance is prominently featured as one of the recommended resources that schools can use to help meet the award criteria.

· Information on EPA’s guidance for creating healthy school indoor environments can be found at the Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools website. Access the latest information on topics such as IAQ and student performance, asthma management and developing an IAQ management program.

For more information on Green Ribbon Schools, including eligibility, applicant information and FAQs, visit the Department of Education's informational website or contact

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