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Aging campus makes air quality a growing concern

September 02, 2010
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ALBERTA, BC — The University of Alberta (U of A) Department of Environmental Health and Safety is making air quality on campus a priority, despite not having enough money for all the projects needed on an aging campus, according to The Gateway.
Rob Munro, director of Environmental Health and Safety at the U of A, is faced with the challenge of maintaining air quality on a campus where the outdated infrastructure of many buildings is a mounting problem, with concerns ranging from poor ventilation systems to asbestos contamination, the article stated.
"We have buildings on campus that were constructed in the 1940s and 1950s. The building code in those days was completely different than the building code today. Some of the older buildings were not required to have forced ventilation," Munro said.
Munro explained that ensuring safe air quality indoors on campus is a continuing concern that is only restricted by the U of A''s limited funds.
"Maintaining air quality is an ongoing process, and it''s also an education process. In a lot of cases when we receive a complaint, it can be the person themselves that is creating that issue. Basically, if a building isn''t safe, we have to deal with it. The major challenge is money. We have more projects than we have money for," Munro added.
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