Assess Indoor Air

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, where pollutant levels can be from 2-100 times higher than outdoors. Help improve air quality at a school near you.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, where pollutant levels can be from 2-100 times higher than outdoors. And the American Lung Association reports that asthma, which can be triggered by these pollutants, affects the lives of over 7 million children under 18 in the U.S. and accounted for 14.4 million lost schools days in 2008. Help improve air quality at a school near you. 

Poor indoor air quality negatively affects the health and performance of students and faculty in schools, and an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) walk-through is a vital step to jump-starting or maintaining a healthy school indoor environments program. Going through an air quality audit or checklist lets you identify possible sources of indoor and outdoor air pollution that have an impact on the health of your school community, specifically those living with asthma. After you recognize possible air quality issues, find out the ways you can reduce or eliminate exposure to these sources.

Remember to measure impact, if possible, by recording decreased levels of CO2 and decreased absence due to respiratory illness. There are also many ways to demonstrate impact in this area that are not easily measured, such as awareness and action steps taken.

Get started:

  • Raise awareness in your school community about the environmental factors that can trigger asthma attacks. Learn about asthma triggers, make signs to post in your school, and spread the word throughout your school community that we can ease the burden of asthma in our schools.
  • Make the case and get permission from a school or campus administrator to do an IAQ walk-through of the building. Get their help in assembling your IAQ team, including faculty, staff, maintenance and facility personnel, health officers, and students
  • Perform your walk-through inside and outside, according to the checklist tools, and share your findings from your walk-through with school officials and advocate for healthy IAQ solutions and programs in the school.
  • Encourage teachers to incorporate air education into their lesson planning using in-depth curriculum resources from Learning Lab.

 You can learn more about IAQ in schools from these resources: