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Sponsored by Republic Services and jointly organized by CEFPI, EPA
Region 6 and EPA HQ

April 23-24, 2012

Healthy School Environments Across Texas

Hear from Texas school district representatives and national IEQ experts on:

  • Implementing proactive IEQ management actions to protect student and staff health.
  • Making the connection between healthy buildings and academic achievement.
  • Conducting thorough school walkthroughs to identify and address indoor air quality issues.
  • Integrating IEQ and energy efficiency into building operations and maintenance activities, including facility design, construction and renovation.
  • Controlling indoor pollutants such as mold and moisture, pesticides, and other asthma triggers.
  • Getting buy-in from your school community, leveraging existing assets and securing sustainable funding for long-term success.

How can your district make green and healthy school buildings a priority? What are school districts across Texas doing to save money, improve health, and decrease student and staff absenteeism through simple, low-cost actions? Discover the answers to these questions and more by attending this free training. Bring members of your school community (including facility and maintenance staff, nurses, teachers, administrators, etc.), and learn how to work together as a team to create green and healthy schools.

 AIA Health, Safety & Welfare Learning Units available.
REFP credits automatically available through online registration.

Get the Details

What: Healthy School Environments Across Texas

When: April 23, 2012: 12 – 7 p.m.
April 24, 2012: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Garland Special Events Center, 4999 Naaman Forest Boulevard, Garland, TX 75040

  Why: Learn from IEQ experts and collaborate with peers from neighboring districts on how to create and maintain green and healthy schools.

Cost: FREE

Contacts: Stacy Murphy, EPA Region 6: 214.665.7116 or murphy.stacy@epa.gov

Agenda

Day 1
12:00pm – 12:15pm Opening Remarks
Al Armendariz, Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA Region 6
Curtis Culwell, Superintendent, Garland Independent School District
Preston Edwards, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Garland

Welcome PDF 3.43 MB

12:15pm – 12:30pm Meeting Overview
Tracy Enger, U.S. EPA, HQ, Indoor Environments Division
Stacy Murphy, IAQ Tools for Schools Regional Contact, U.S. EPA Region 6

Learn why green and healthy schools are important to all students, teachers and staff and how school districts throughout the country and Texas have built sustainable, effective, green and healthy schools practices over time.

12:30pm – 1:30pm Children's Environmental Health and Risk Management
Irene Nigaglioni, Partner, PBK Architects, Inc.
Tracy Bramlett, President, Industrial Hygiene Safety and Technology
Diane Rhodes, Director of Environmental Health, Northeast Independent School District

Learn how indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and risk management can help protect children and ensure their success at school.

1:30pm – 1:45pm Break
1:45pm – 3:45pm Cycle of Implementation – Six Key Drivers to Success
Tracy Enger, U.S. EPA, HQ, Indoor Environments Division
Stacy Murphy, IAQ Tools for Schools Regional Contact, U.S. EPA Region 6

Thousands of school districts have put in place effective indoor air quality (IAQ) management programs, consistent with IAQ Tools for Schools guidance. This session explores what is known about effective school IAQ management – how and why it works – and how different school districts develop, enhance and sustain healthy learning environments in schools.

  • Framework Overview
    Learn the components of the Framework for Effective School IAQ Management: Key Drivers and Technical Solutions.

  • Applying the Framework
    Peggy Caruso, Assistant Environmental Director, Katy Independent School District
    Tiffany Delcour, IAQ Coordinator, Louisiana Recovery School District
    Frank DiNella, Director of Operations, Keller Independent School District
    Victor Melton, Environmental and Energy Manager, Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District
    Diane Rhodes, Director of Environmental Health, Northeast Independent School District

    Hear from school districts as they describe how they used the proven strategies of the Framework for Effective School IAQ Management to build and sustain their successful programs. Learn about the key elements that are critical to any successful program and the wealth of technical resources that are available to assist you in putting in place the components for success.

4:00pm – 5:00pm Exhibitor Expo
Tracy Enger, U.S. EPA, HQ, Indoor Environments Division Stacy Murphy, IAQ Tools for Schools Regional Contact, U.S. EPA Region 6 Ian Hadden, Energy/Sustainability Services Manager, Fanning Howey

Network with other participants and organizations committed to improving school environments.

5:00pm – 7:00pm Reception/Dinner
Anne Crowther, Program Manager, Children's Medical Center – Dallas
Dr. James R. Veitenheimer, Superintendent, Keller Independent School District

Hear about the importance of providing healthy school environments and enjoy piano performances.

Day 2
8:00am – 8:30am Welcome: Technical Solutions and Best Practices
Tracy Enger, U.S. EPA, HQ, Indoor Environments Division
Stacy Murphy, IAQ Tools for Schools Regional Contact, U.S. EPA Region 6

Welcome: Technical Solutions and Best Practices PDF 831 KB

8:30am – 9:45am Virtual Walkthrough
Richard Prill, Building Science and Indoor Air Quality Specialist, Washington State University

Conducting school walkthroughs is an important way to keep track of current conditions of school buildings. Participants will learn how to conduct a facility walkthrough designed to prevent IEQ issues and identify and prioritize solutions to common problems.

(15 minute transition to breakout session I)

The Virtual School IAQ Virtual Walkthrough PDF 9 MB

10:00am – 10:50am Breakout Sessions I
Bring your questions for these informative and interactive sessions.
  • Mold and Moisture: Double Trouble for Schools
    Peggy Caruso, Assistant Environmental Director, Katy Independent School District
    Todd Spore, President Facility Consulting Division, PBK Architects, Inc.

    Controlling moisture and mold in school buildings is essential when creating a healthy school environment. Participants will learn the myths and truths about mold, when mold testing is necessary and when it's not, and practical solutions for mold prevention and management.

    Double Trouble: Mold and Moisture PDF 1.08 MB
    Mold & Moisture: Double Trouble for Schools PDF 2.19 MB

  • Managing Asthma in the School Environment
    Diane Rhodes, Director of Environmental Health, Northeast Independent School District

    Asthma is a leading cause of absenteeism, accounting for millions of missed school days each year. Asthma-friendly schools are those that create safe and supportive learning environments for students with asthma and have policies and procedures that allow students to successfully manage their asthma. Learn how your district can help students with asthma stay healthy by using an asthma management plan.

    Asthma Management in Schools PDF 2.62 MB

  • Construction and Design for IAQ – Build it Right!
    Tom Bell, Architect, PHX Architecture
    Karen Benson, Business Development Director, Steele & Freeman, Inc.

    IAQ is a critically important aspect of creating and maintaining school facilities. The way in which a building is designed, constructed, maintained and operated has a profound impact on staff and student success. Discover detailed guidance and information to help design new schools as well as repair, renovate and maintain existing facilities.

    Build it Right to Maximize Indoor Environmental Quality PDF 874 KB

  • HVAC Maintenance Best Practices for Schools
    James McClure, Consultant, Estes, McClure & Associates, Inc.

    Proper ventilation is a key component in providing a healthy learning and working environment. This session will highlight the importance of proper design, commissioning, maintenance and operation of school HVAC equipment. Participants will learn about innovative tools and technologies available for school facility managers and operations and maintenance staff.

    Preventive Maintenance PDF 981 KB

  • Energy Efficiency and IEQ
    Victor Melton, Environmental and Energy Manager, Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District
    Ian Hadden, Energy/Sustainability Services Manager, Fanning Howey
    Jim Crawford, President, DiversityLearningK12

    Maintaining proper IEQ doesn't have to come at the expense of energy efficiency – and vice versa. Participants will learn how IEQ and energy efficiency intersect and key principles that school facility managers need to understand to effectively integrate both IEQ and energy efficiency considerations into building operations and maintenance activities, as well as facility design, construction and renovation.

    Climate Change and IEQ PDF 1.33 MB
    Fresh Air! Balancing Ventilation and Energy PDF 1.15 MB

(10 minute transition to breakout session II)

11:00am – 11:50am Breakout Sessions II (Sessions Repeat)

(10 minute transition to Great Ballroom)

12:00pm – 12:30pm Leaving in Action
Tracy Enger, U.S. EPA, HQ, Indoor Environments Division
Stacy Murphy, IAQ Tools for Schools Regional Contact, U.S. EPA Region 6

Attendees will hear highlights from each of the breakout sessions, as participants only attend two. They will also reflect on all of the learning and insight gained throughout the training.

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