E10 - Can School Buildings Make Kids Healthy and Smart? Innovative Explorations and Findings by Epa's School Health Research Grantees

Thursday, November 15 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Booth 163 - Materials ALA « Back

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Educators and health professionals agree that healthy learning environments are critical for optimal education and teaching. However, the complexity of poor school Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), has complicated our understanding of the relationship between the physical environment and educational outcomes. To address these limitations, in 2015, the US EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program awarded research grants to seven universities under the “Healthy Schools: Environmental Factors, Children’s Health and Performance, and Sustainable Building Practices” Request for Application. Each research team has considered how decisions involved in designing, building, and managing school buildings can result in improved health and well-being of students and teachers, and improved academic performance. To build on the efforts of the researchers, EPA has convened a Workgroup to: (1) identify the gaps in research issues of significance to a school/school district and/or community; (2) translate and disseminate scientific research findings effectively among school practitioners and building professionals; (3) engage schools in applying research; and (4) use the research to create health-based design and operational policies that benefit students and staff.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will understand new research findings about environmental health in schools.

Participants will be able to identify research that supports action to design and operate healthy environments

Partocipants will be able to articulate current obstacles to healthy school environments

Participants will learn how to make the business case for operational changes for student health and performance outcomes

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Education Tracks: Community and Social Equity

Event Type: Core Education Program - Applied Learning Area > Session