Department's Indoor Air Quality Program to Be Honored in Washington

August 03, 2001

The West Virginia Department of Education, Office of School Facilities, has been named as a recipient of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2001 Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Special Achievement Award.  

The Department will receive the prestigious award on August 9. The awards ceremony is the high point of the Second Annual Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Symposium held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D. C.  

“We are proud of this award, but we are most proud of the work we’ve done in West Virginia’s schools,” said Bill Elswick, executive director, Office of School Facilities, West Virginia Department of Education. “Our state is now viewed as a national leader in addressing the indoor air quality concerns in public schools.”  

According to Elswick, Senator Jon Blair Hunter (Monongalia County) and Delegate Larry Williams (Preston County) introduced legislation in 1999 to address air quality issues in West Virginia’s schools.  

“The indoor air quality legislation included input from everyone involved –- from teachers’ organizations, the state service personnel organization, the School Building Authority, county school systems, architectural and engineering firms, the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health and Department of Education staff,” Elswick noted. “Everyone worked cooperatively to improve the health of students and employees in West Virginia’’s schools.”  

Elswick said that the legislation enabled the Department of Education to employ a first-rate team of experienced technicians who visit schools, identify indoor air quality problems and determine solutions.

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