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Guilford County Schools receive ironic IAQ award

September 25, 2009
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GREENSBORO, NC — Just weeks after Guilford County Schools (GCS) were forced to relocate Oak Ridge Elementary students due to air quality concerns, the district received the 2009 Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools (TfS) Great Start Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to the News & Record.
According to the story, GCS recently formed an indoor air quality project team that will be leading the district''s efforts in identifying, correcting and preventing indoor air quality problems by implementing the EPA''s IAQ TfS program.
GCS hopes the new IAQ team and their efforts will help the district stay proactive, the story stated.
Leo Bobadilla, chief operations officer for GCS, said: "As a district, we want to make sure we stay on top of any environmental concerns. The health of our students is always our number-one priority. We know a safe and comfortable learning environment can help our students excel in the classroom."
The IAQ team is developing a written indoor air quality management plan that will capture best practices for handling air quality issues for other institutions to use as a benchmark, the story noted.
As an award recipient, GCS will receive a "Commitment to School Health" certificate signed by an EPA official; recognition on EPA''s website; access to topical web conference calls, training, events and recognition/mentoring opportunities; and regular e-mail updates aimed at advancing the district''s indoor air quality program, the story added.
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