The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the district for working to improve indoor air quality
Contact: Haley Miller (336) 370-3200
Created: 9/3/2009 10:23:58 AM
Guilford County Schools (GCS) is a recipient of the 2009 Indoor Air
Quality Tools for Schools Great Start Award from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA).
district received the award for its commitment to improving student
health. Recently, GCS formed an indoor air quality project team that
will be leading the district's efforts in identifying, correcting and
preventing indoor air quality problems.
the 2009-10 school year, the project team will work to implement EPA's
IAQ Tools for Schools program, a comprehensive resource that helps
districts maintain a healthy environment in school buildings.
Additionally, the team is developing a written indoor air quality
management plan that will capture best practices for handling air
The award from the EPA comes
weeks after GCS had to temporarily relocate Oak Ridge Elementary
students due to air quality concerns at the school. GCS hopes the new
team and their efforts will help the district stay proactive.
a district, we want to make sure we stay on top of any environmental
concerns," said Leo Bobadilla, chief operations officer. "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
The EPA gives the Great Start Award
to school districts every year for committing to improve the indoor air
quality in schools and protecting the health and safety of students and
As an award recipient, GCS will receive
a "Commitment to School Health" certificate signed by an EPA official;
recognition on EPA's Web site; 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