EPA To Assist Schools With Cleaner Air, Cooling Center Services


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Last, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it’ll use American Rescue Plan Act funding to greatly help schools retrofit their heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) systems to generate cleaner air and neighborhood cooling refuges in vulnerable communities. EPA has selected the next the communities because of this project:

  • Pima County, Arizona
  • Bay Area QUALITY OF AIR Management District in the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Bay Area
  • Multnomah County, Oregon
  • Kittitas County, Washington
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“This assistance can help schools keep their students safer every,” said PEA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “Furthermore, once we see increasing impacts from climate change, this process could be a model for how other communities can make safe gathering places during dangerous heat waves and smoke events.”

The announcement comes at the launch of the White House Extreme Heat Interagency Working Group, that is co-chaired by EPA, the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration and the U.S. Department of Human and Health Services. EPA provides partners together, including public health agencies, community-based organizations, school districts, and emergency response experts, to spotlight ensuring schools are safe places for students to understand and for neighbors to assemble – especially during wildfire smoke and extreme heat events.

“With regards to improving the grade of education for the incredible students and educational communities Pima County School Superintendent’s Office is all in! We turn to partnering with Sunnyside Unified School District forward, Pima County Health Department, and EPA to create our schools healthier, safer places for students and the broader community,” said Dustin J. Williams, Pima County School Superintendent

EPA and its own consultant team, that will include experts in community engagement, disaster policy, and HVAC engineering, will host workshops with local partners to generate an action intend to retrofit the educational schools. The action plan, developed with community input, includes goals, such as for example:

  • improving ventilation and filtration in public areas school facilities to lessen the chance of COVID-19 transmission along with other airborne illnesses.
  • Creating healthy learning environments through improved indoor quality of air in schools.
  • Keeping schools open in the true face of more frequent and severe extreme heat and wildfire smoke events.
  • Establishing cleaner air shelters and cooling centers in areas recognized to have more residents vunerable to serious health impacts from extreme heat and wildfire smoke.

EPA’s assistance will undoubtedly be informed by community-based organizations in each location to make sure that the projects are devoted to the vision of these who live and work in these communities, especially those whose voices have already been underrepresented historically. This effort is section of EPA’s commitment to achieving environmental justice by elevating community efforts to handle legacy injustices compounded by way of a changing climate and the COVID-19 pandemic.

This scheduled program is really a partnership between EPA’s Office of Community Revitalization, Office of Radiation and Air, Office of Children’s Health Protection, Office of Development and Research, and Regions 9 and 10.

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The projects are set to begin with later this. Go to the EPA site to find out more concerning the four projects.

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