Connector E-Newsletter#33: Gearing up for the National Symposium
              November 22, 2010
                  Indoor Air Quality  Tools for Schools Program
                                                                             Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
IN THIS ISSUE:
> News and Events
> Listen, Learn, Lead: The 2011 IAQ Tools for Schools National Symposium
    Don't Miss Out: Exciting National Symposium Sessions
    Finding Real Solutions: The IAQ Design Challenge
> Have Your Questions Answered
NEWS AND EVENTS

  Register for the 2011 IAQ Tools for Schools National Symposium:
  Join teachers, school administrators, nurses and others from across
  the country to learn best practices to implement and sustain school IAQ
  management programs. The Symposium will be held in Washington,
  D.C., Jan.  13-15,2011. Reserve your spot today!

  Attend the Virtual School Walkthrough Webinar: Join IAQ experts
  Richard Prill from Washington State University and David Blake from
  the Northwest Clean Air Agency on a virtual school walkthrough. They
  will guide you through a comprehensive and effective walkthrough to
  identify, diagnose and solve common IAQ issues. The webinarwill be
  held Thursday, Dec.  9, 2010, 1:00 PM ET. Register today!

  Save the Date: Mark your calendars for EPAs Communities in
  Action National Asthma Forum, June 9-10, 2011, in Washington, D.C.
  Registration will open in early 2011.
SHOULD WE HAVE OUR
SCHOOLS TESTED
FOR MOLD? CAN AIR
FRESHENERS TRIGGER
STUDENTS'ASTHMA?

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LISTEN, LEARN, LEAD: THE 2011  IAQ TOOLS FOR
SCHOOLS NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

The IAQ Tools for Schools Program has an overarching mission and goal
 to promote safe and healthy school environments through peer-to-peer
learning, sharing and networking. To fulfill this goal and to bring school
administrators, teachers, maintenance and facilities staff, parents, and
students together, EPA hosts the annual IAQ Tools for Schools National
Symposium  a premiere event in helping schools achieve their IAQ
management goals.

"Listen to the IAQ storytellers, practitioners and champions. Learn by
actively participating in sessions, networking and collaborations. Lead
multifaceted, integrated and sustainable IAQ projects, initiatives and
programs."
   -Rusty Clifford, Ph.D., Superintendent, West Carrolton City Schools, OH
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The complex challenges in IAQ management that your school may face  lack of funding, communication and
administrative buy-in  can keep you from sustaining and growing your school's potential. But your school is not
alone. Join experts and peers from across the country in hands-on learning exercises and arm yourself with the
knowledge, strategies and solutions you need to take action and accelerate your school's IAQ management goals.

The 2011 IAQ Tools for Schools National Symposium will be held Jan. 13-15, 2011, at the Grand Hyatt in
Washington, D.C. Check out the Symposium website to learn more about the sessions that will be offered and how
to register.
DON'T MISS OUT: EXCITING NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM SESSIONS

The 2011 IAQ Tools for Schools National Symposium is a can't-miss event! Get hands-on experience and hear from
experts in all aspects of IAQ  chemical management, integrated pest management, radon, asthma management,
school walkthroughs and more. Read descriptions of some of the exciting and interactive sessions below:

  Asthma Management in Schools  Asthma is a leading cause of student absenteeism, accounting for millions
  of missed school days each year. Join IAQ and asthma experts to discover how your school or school district
  can help students with asthma stay healthy and productive. Learn from faculty school districts as they share their
  asthma management challenges, solutions and successes.

  Overcoming Obstacles: Funding Your IAQ Management Program  Effectively funding an IAQ management
  program can lead to a successful and sustainable program. Attend this session to gain insight on cost-saving
  strategies and creative sources of revenue to fund IAQ programs.

  Using IAQ as a Teaching and Learning Tool in Your District  Student participation can take an IAQ
  management program to the next level  making it an institutionalized element in your school or district. Join
  teachers, facilities staff and IAQ experts as they highlight how to integrate IAQ issues into lesson plans and
  activities.

  Radon Management in Schools  Radon, an extremely hazardous indoor air pollutant, should be tested
  for in all school buildings. By taking simple steps to test for radon, school officials can reduce this health risk
  for students and staff. This session will showcase successful radon projects and strategies that schools have
  implemented to address this serious health risk.

Check out this year's detailed agenda for all sessions at the 2011 IAQ Tools for Schools National Symposium.

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FIND REAL SOLUTIONS: THE IAQ DESIGN CHALLENGE

Are you ready to network and team up with your peers to solve lAQ-related issues? The IAQ Tools for Schools
National Symposium offers the opportunity to raise issues that your school or district faces and to walk away with
real IAQ strategies and solutions. Register now!

The IAQ Collaborative Design Challenge is a problem-based learning approach that helps attendees learn how to
design effective solutions to IAQ challenges in real-time by applying the knowledge gained at the Symposium. By
working in IAQ Collaborative Design Teams, groups representing a diversity of backgrounds and roles crucial to any
successful IAQ management team, you will become a key member in solving problems faced by the IAQ Design
Challenge School Districts. These Challenge School Districts are a diverse group of schools from across the country
that are working to establish and sustain comprehensive IAQ management programs.

To learn more about a school district that has overcome hardship to tackle lAQ-related issues, read the EPA
Greenversations blog entry "The Louisiana Recovery School District: Healing and Thriving." This article describes
the Louisiana Recovery School District of New Orleans' struggles after Hurricane Katrina and how the district found
success by implementing the IAQ Tools for Schools Program.
  HAVE YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED!
  Is there a topic you want to see covered in an IAQ Tools for Schools Connector e-newsletter? Need more
  information or have a quick question? Do you have suggestions for a webinar, an e-newsletter feature, or are you
  simply curious about an IAQ topic and would like more information? If so, send us an e-mail at IAQTfSConnector@
  cadmusgroup.com.

  Share YOUR news and events! Send us information to share with the school IAQ community. It could be
  featured in the next e-newsletter. E-mail your news to IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com.

  The IAQ Tools for Schools Program is a comprehensive resource to help schools maintain a healthy
  environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the
  IAQ Tools for Schools Program at www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.
                                                                              Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

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