As many organizations unite to combat air pollution, environmental groups such as Moms Clean Air Force, have been leading the initiative to better the indoor air quality within schools across the country.
Moms Clean Air Force is a community of over 1,000,000 moms—and dads!—working together to combat air pollution, including the urgent crisis of our changing climate.
The air quality in schools is largely unregulated and can also pose significant challenges to health and learning. A member from the Moms Clean Air Force, Molly Rauch, says schools’ indoor air quality, “has been linked to asthma and respiratory ailments, and has measurable impacts on the health and productivity of students and teachers.”
Rauch adds that according to the Healthy School Network: “Out of the nearly 100,000 public school buildings in the country, more than two-thirds have at least one dire infrastructure problem, like leaking roofs or inadequate ventilation in need of repair or replacement, as well as poor chemical management. The American Society of Civil Engineers says schools are in worse shape than prisons.”
AtmosAir™ is the most proven and effective solution to reduce inhalable particualate matter (PM), VOCs, and pathogens to create healthy indoor environments where people thrive. By installing our efficient system throughout schools, results have indicated that improvements in school environmental quality can enhance academic performance, as well as teacher and staff productivity and retention. AtmosAir is installing systems in over ten schools this summer.
According to the EPA, ‘conditions found in older, poorly maintained school buildings — leaky roofs; problems with heating, ventilation and insufficient cleaning or excessive use of cleaning chemical in connection with air conditioning systems, as well as, mold, dust and toxic fumes from products and pesticides. These conditions increase absenteeism and reduce academic performance.’
In addition to our installation, efforts have been increasing to clean up schools. According to USAToday, the Green School movement is sweeping the country, as ‘green schools exist in every state and account for 45% of new school construction, up from 15% in 2008.” Nearly half of the nation’s schools require some sort of green certification like LEED, as a condition to receiving state construction funds. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED has become an important moniker in environmentally-conscious construction.
As student performance has been proven to directly correlate with their learning environments, AtmosAir Solutions will be continuing our eco-work to help improve the sustainability of public and private learning schools both on a domestic and international scale.