School Districts and School

Schools face special challenges in providing healthy indoor air for the children, staff and faculty.1  Why?

  • Schools typically have four times as many people indoors as an office building with the same floor space.
  • School maintenance budgets often are the first cut in tight financial times.
  • Many potential sources of indoor air problems may exist in the same building. Examples include locker rooms, darkrooms, labs, art rooms, diesel school bus exhaust, and multiple heating and ventilation systems.
  • Schools sometimes must use rooms or facilities for different purposes than were originally intended.

Free toolkits offer solutions
Fortunately, tools exist to help schools protect the health of everyone in the building.  The American Lung Association worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools toolkit, a free, downloadable resource. Other key contributors were the National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, Association of School Business Officials and National Parent Teachers Association.  Schools have used this toolkit since 1995. 

  • To download the IAQ Tools for Schools toolkit from the EPA website, click here
  • To learn how tens of thousands of schools have successfully put these tools to work, click here.
  • If your school is renovating or building a new school, the IAQ Design Tools for Schools can help you improve the air indoors.  To download that toolkit from the EPA website, click here.

Take this solution system-wide
Share IAQ Tools for Schools with your school district management.  Help all the schools in your system to prevent problems and protect the air in every school.


1. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Reference Guide. January 2009. EPA 402/K-07/008. Available at