April 09, 2013

Get Smart! Make Every Day Count.
Webinar: Defining Clean in School Facilities and its Impact on Students, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 1:30 pm CDT (11:30 a.m. PDT, 12:30 p.m. MDT, 1:30 p.m. CDT, 2:30 p.m. EDT)  American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities (ACEF) will host this webinar, presented by Dr. Richard Shaughnessy.    The webinar will explore the strong relationships between a school classroom’s healthy indoor environment and its student wellness and productivity, and describe improvements to classroom indoor environmental quality that create and maintain healthy schools. Cleanliness requirements for schools often require facilities to be kept in a “clean” and “sanitary” condition, as typically determined by visual inspection. Rarely are quantitative measurements of the surfaces and materials that are “cleaned and sanitized” required in support of the visual assessment. However, cleaning practices may be adequate according to an “eyeball” assessment, but inadequate at the removal of less visible substances we term pollutants (i.e. biological, chemical, particulate residues), thereby failing to reduce the burden of exposure and health risk to the building occupants.  
Register:  http://www.acefacilities.org/DeliveryDetails.aspx?classid=79b72ff8-d9d8-48c6-abf1-957b862bf0d4    For more information, contact  Laura Whetstine  ACEF,  phone: 254-968-9990, email: acef@acefacilities.org.
School Siting Webinar: Understanding the Challenges andOpportunities for Communities and Decision-makers, May 8, 2013; 1:00 pm -2:15 pm, EST.  This webinar will help districts, schools, and communities understand the importance of school siting and the impacts on economic development, communities, public health, and the environment.  A panel of experts from U.S.EPA, Suzi Ruhl, J.D., M.P.H, Senior Attorney Policy Advisor in the Office of Environmental Justice; Regina Langton, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Sustainable Communities; and Suganthi Simon, Pollution Prevention Coordinator, Region 4, will provide participants with information and tools that can help districts, schools, and communities weigh school siting decisions.  Register now at: https://esbuildings.webex.com/esbuildings/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=290358887
Inspiring Nominees Aimee Code and John Gann