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This collection of webinars provides helpful information to promote and support healthy school environments. This list includes registration links to upcoming webinars and links to previously recorded webinars. The webinars feature experts from the EPA, other federal, and non-federal programs. Upcoming webinar times are Eastern Standard but may change so please check back here regularly.

Many of these webinars are part of the Department of Education's Green Strides Webinar Series. Sign up for their email updates to receive registration information on future webinars.

Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments Webinar Series

Join EPA for their new webinar series based on the Sensible Steps Brochure (PDF) (26pp, 1.75MB) and the State School Environmental Health Guidelines. The webinars share low- and no-cost actions that schools can take to create healthier environments for students and staff. Each webinar features school district staff from across the country presenting real-life examples of successes. The target audience includes facility maintenance staff, school nurses, administrators, teachers, and other school personnel and stakeholders. Look for the webinars highlighted below.

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Upcoming Webinars

April 8, 2014, 1-2:30 p.m.: Be a School IAQ Detective: Using the Walkthrough to Identify and Solve Common IAQ Problems (EPA)

Do you know what to look for when observing the condition of your school buildings? Join IAQ experts Richard Prill from Washington State University (Retired) and David Blake from the Northwest Clean Air Agency on a virtual school walkthrough, providing you with a comprehensive and effective process for identifying, diagnosing and solving common IAQ issues.

April 9, 2014, 1-2:30 p.m.: Children's Centers 2014 Webinar Series (EPA/NIEHS)

The mission of the Children’s Centers program is to reduce children’s health risks, protect them from environmental threats and to promote children’s health and well-being in the communities where they learn, live and play. The webinar features presentations and interactive discussions including recent findings and new developments in children’s environmental health.

April 21, 2014, 2-4 p.m.: PCBs in Schools, Session I: Overview and Exposure Assessment (EPA/NIEHS)

This webinar series focuses on polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in schools and features SRP grantees, as well as EPA and international partners. During this first session, EPA Regional Risk Assessment Coordinator Mark Maddaloni will give a brief overview of PCBs and the issue of PCBs in the environment, particularly in schools. Following his introduction, Kent Thomas, an EPA Research Physical Scientist, will discuss the sources and levels of PCBs in indoor environments, and Peter Thorne, a professor and SRP researcher at the University of Iowa, will discuss human exposure to PCBs, routes of exposure, and reducing exposures.

April 28, 2014, 2-4 p.m.: PCBs in Schools, Session II: Identifying and Reducing Health Risks (EPA/NIEHS)

This webinar series focuses on polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in schools and features SRP grantees, as well as EPA and international partners. During this second session, Gabrielle Ludewig, a professor and SRP researcher at the University of Iowa, will give an overview of the mechanisms of toxicity; Geniece Lehmann, an EPA Toxicologist, will discuss evaluating the noncancer health risks from inhaled PCBs; and Niklas Johansson of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency will give an international perspective on PCB inventory, remediation, and outcomes.

May 14, 2014, 4-5 p.m.: Approaches for Effective Climate Change Communication (NPS)

Join us for a webinar exploring the importance of effective communication strategies as a key component of climate change response. The presentation will highlight examples and techniques that National Park Service interpreters are using to engage our audiences on this topic and that K-12 teachers can use as well. The webinar will summarize research highlighting visitor’s beliefs and perspectives about climate change, share some examples of successful interpretive products, and explore ways to empower staff and visitors to be part of the solution.

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