Air Quality Ideas and Resources

The indoor air quality of the school is an important factor in the health and well-being of all occupants.


  1. Classrooms adopt a checklist to monitor cleanliness and air quality. 
  2. Rooms with newly laid carpeting and paint are adequately aired out before they are occupied.
  3. Air fresheners, perfumes and other fragrances are reduced or removed from school grounds.
  4. Students conduct a baseline audit to identify the  Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) status of their school.
  5. Low VOC paints, low-odor dry-erase markers, low-odor cleaning supplies are used in classrooms and school,
  6. Staff conducts regular maintenance and inspection of all heating and cooking systems to find and repair leaks,
  7. The Administration, students and staff coordinate to improve indoor air quality of a school wide basis. 
  8. Students conduct a no-idling audit and campaign to reduce idling in carpool lanes,
  9. Moisture issues are identified and removed to reduce mold in the school,
  10. The school has formed an IAQ team in partnership with the community to support air quality improvements. 
  11. The students conduct a School Chemical Clean out Campaign to reduce potentially troublesome chemicals in the schools and labs,
  12. Staff uses an integrated pest management system to reduce pesticide exposure in the school.



Air Quality Video with Dr. Clay Ballentine- from the Center for the Environment at Catawba College

Environmental Pollutants and Health with David Pedan- from the Center for the Environment at Catawba College