The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $2.4 million in awards for indoor air quality education. According to the EPA, “Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors where levels of air pollution may be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. Indoor air pollutants, such as dust mites, can trigger asthma attacks and radon can cause lung cancer.”
The $2.4 million were awarded through 17 cooperative agreements with nonprofit organizations and universities to improve Americans’ knowledge of indoor air pollutants. These programs will focus on demonstrations, education projects and public outreach initiatives. The primary focus for these education programs will be families, specifically low-income families and minorities.
Although families will be a focal point for the new indoor air quality programs, the cooperative agreements will also include programs for indoor air quality in schools and office buildings.
The following organizations and educational institutions were selected to receive funds to improve indoor air quality education:
- American Association of School Administrators - Virginia
- Association of Clinicians for the Underserved - Virginia
- Association of School Business Officials International - Virginia
- Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America - Maryland
- Asthma and Allergy Network Mothers of Asthmatics - Virginia
- Boston Public Health Commission - Massachusetts
- Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc. - Kentucky
- Council of Education Facility Planners International - Arizona
- Environmental Law Institute - D.C.
- Healthy Schools Network, Inc.- New York
- Kansas State University - Kansas
- National Association of School Nurses - Maryland
- National Education Association Health Information Network - D.C.
- National Environmental Education and Training Foundation - D.C.
- National Environmental Health Association - Colorado
- Northern Arizona University – Arizona