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Healthy Indoor Air for Schools

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine

Note:  This Healthy Indoor Air for Schools program is FREE for representatives from K-12 School Districts.  (Scholarships available upon request for others, and for day 2 of the overall conference)  A limited number of stipends are available to school districts that send at least three representatives to the event to offset the cost of substitute nursing/teacher staff.  

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Program Overview

How can your district make green and healthy school buildings a priority? What are school districts across New England 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.

The program will cover:

  • Implementing proactive IAQ management actions to protect student and staff health
  • Making the connection between energy efficiency, healthy buildings and academic achievement
  • Conducting thorough school walkthroughs to identify and address indoor air quality issues
  • Controlling indoor pollutants, such as mold and moisture, pesticides, and other asthma triggers
  • Getting buy-in from the school community, leveraging existing assets, and securing sustainable funding for long-term success




7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast & Networking with Exhibitors
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Welcome
Tracy Enger, U.S. EPA, HQ, Indoor Environments Division
Steven Caulfield, P.E., CIH, Turner Building Science & Design, Harrison, ME, and President, Maine Indoor Air Quality Council


8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Making Your School a Healthy School – The What, The Why and The How
Learn why green and healthy indoor learning environments are important for all students, teachers and staff, and how school districts in Maine, New England, and throughout the country have built sustainable, healthy, and effective schools over time. After hearing how schools made indoor air quality (IAQ) a priority, participants will learn how they can apply proven and successful strategies to their own districts and school facilities.

Opening Leadership Panel

Physical Environment - Steven Caulfield, Turner Buildnig Science & Design, Harrison, Maine
Education - Virginia Mott, President, Maine Parent-Teacher Association
Health - Arna McNamee, President-Elect, Maine Association of School Nurses, Fort Fairfield, ME

Overview of the Framework for Effective IEQ Management Programs

Tracey Enger, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Indoor Environments Division
Michael Garrity, Director of Maintenance & Transportation, RSU 23, Saco
Greg Marles, Director of Facilities & Transportation, Cape Elizabeth School Department
Douglas Sherwood, Facilities & Property Services Manager, Portland Public Schools
James Reny, Business Manager, Waterville Public Schools


10:15 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. Networking Break
10:35am – 11:35am

Making the Case and Getting Buy-in 
Learn how you can help the school community and decision makers see the importance of IAQ initiatives, and how creating a well-developed plan is vital for your district's long-term success. Participants will learn how to build a strong case for green and healthy schools and gain buy-in from school and district administrators, teachers and others in the education community.


Tracy Enger, US EPA Headquarters, Indoor Environments Division

Kathy Murray, Integrated Pest Management Specialst, Maine Department of Agriculture, Augusta

Douglas Sherwood, Facilities & Property Services Manager, Portland Public Schools

Meredith Nadeau, Superintendent, Cape Elizabeth Schools

James Reny, Business Manager, Waterville Public Schools

Health Representative, Arna McNamee, Fort Fairfield Schools


11:35am – 1:05 p.m. Lunch & Presentation
  Presentation:  The Virtual Building Walkthrough
Conducting school walkthroughs is an important way to keep a pulse on the current conditions of school buildings. Participants will learn how to conduct a facility walkthrough designed to prevent IAQ issues and to identify and prioritize solutions to common problems.


David Blake, Northwest Clean Air Agency, Mount Vernon, WA

1:05 p.m. to 1:25 p.m. Networking Break
1:25pm – 2:25pm Concurrent Sessions I
Bring your questions for these informative and interactive sessions.
  1. Fresh Air: Optimal HVAC Management for Improved Health

    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 in order to protect IAQ and promote energy efficiency. Participants will learn about innovative tools and technologies available for school facility managers and operations and maintenance staff.


    Ian McDonald, P.E. - Allied Engineering, Portland, ME
    Greg Marles, Facility Director, Cape Elizabeth Schools, Cape Elizabeth, ME
  2. Mold and Moisture: Double Trouble for Schools

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


    Steven Caulfield, P.E., CIH - Turner Building Science & Design, Harrison, ME
    Michelle Martin - National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, Morgantown, WV
    Michael Garrity, Director of Maintenance and Transportation, RSU 23, Saco/Dayton/Old Orchard Beach
  3. Green Cleaning and Maintenance 

    Green cleaning programs can help save money and time, while having less of an effect on building occupants compared to traditional cleaning methods. Participants will learn the key aspects of a green cleaning program, including environmentally preferable purchasing, training, policy recommendations and public awareness initiatives.


    Claire Barnett, Executive Director, Healthy Schools Network
    Virginia Mott, School Facilities Consultant and President, Maine Parent-Teacher Association
    James Everett, Facilities Director, Fort Fairfield Schools, Fort Fairfield, ME

  4. Healthy Construction Projects and Smart Materials Selection

    Learn practical strategies for healthy indoor air quality when building or renovating a school facility.  Designing for maintenance, protecting occupant health during renovations, and choosing appropriate products and materials are all necessary considerations for a high performing school facility.  Participants will learn effective strategies knowing what to ask for when undertaking a building renovation, and for choosing green materials and services that contribute to healthy IEQ in schools.


    Lyndon KeckAIA - PDT Architects, Portland, ME
    Max Cavalli, Tandus Flooring
    James Reny, Business Manager, AOS 92 (Waterville Public Schools) - Waterville, ME

  5. Integrated Pest Management

    Some of the most effective ways to improve IEQ are to eliminate individual sources of pollution or to reduce their emissions. Participants will learn how to develop a successful chemical management and inventory plan to ensure that all schools are free from unnecessary hazards, as well as the fundamentals of integrated pest management (IPM) practices.


    Kathy Murray, IPM Specialist, Maine Department of Agriculture, Augusta, Maine
    David Gudroe, AOS 94 (Dexter Schools), Dexter Maine 

  6. Asthma in Schools: The Health Perspective

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


    Jim Braddick, Program Manager, Maine Asthma Prevention & Control Program, Maine CDC, Augusta, ME
    Doug Sherwood, Portland Public Schools, Portland, Maine

2:25 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Networking/Transfer Break
2:45pm – 3:45pm Concurrent Sessions II (Sessions Repeat)
3:45pm – 4:30pm World Café Open Space
Get ready to put what you have learned into action. Participants will use this time to engage in small group discussions with a panel of concurrent session speakers.
4:30pm – 5:00pm Leaving in Action
Tracy Enger, U.S. EPA, HQ, Indoor Environments Division
Additional presenters to be announced

Building on all of the learning and insight gained throughout the day, attendees will develop individual or team action plans to take back to their school districts.


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