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Healthy School Essentials: Managing Lead in Drinking Water and Radon
September 26, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDTFree – $10
There is no shortage of news about the risk of lead in drinking water in communities throughout the country. Radon, although not as widely discussed, is another very potent hazard. Here’s what the two have in common:
- They both can cause significant long-term harm to children’s health, well-being and ability to learn
- They are both prevalent and mostly unaddressed in schools and daycare centers across Western Pennsylvania
- They can both be solved with a little knowledge, diligence, and relatively limited financial resources
It is time for us to move beyond discussing whether these hazards are affecting our children, and to focus on eliminating these hazards in schools and child care centers as quickly as possible.
Join us to hear about background on lead and radon, and understand in detail the process for testing and mitigating correctly and effectively. You will learn about the mechanics and health impacts of lead in drinking water and radon, as well as concrete guidance on the process for testing and remediation and associated costs, and discuss the free technical assistance and mini-grants available to schools and child care centers through the 1000 Hours a Year Project.
Lunch will be provided for all in attendance.
- Recognize the common sources of lead contamination in water, and the connections between radon and indoor environments.
- Understand the impacts of lead in drinking water and radon on human health, especially children.
- Learn the steps for effectively dealing with both lead in drinking water and radon.
Andrew Ellsworth – VP of Health and Learning, Green & Healthy Schools Academy
Andrew has led the Healthy School Technical Assistance program for the Green & Healthy Schools Academy since 2013. He has coordinated workshops, trainings, walkthroughs and education sessions for schools across Southwestern Pennsylvania, and is deeply engaged with schools to proactively address risks to student and staff health and well-being.
Green Building Alliance Offices
33 Terminal Way, Suite 331 (South Side near Station Square)
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Thanks to the generosity of our funders, we are able available to cover the full cost of this workshop for school and early learning center personnel. Select “School or Early Learning Center Personnel” when registering for complimentary registration.
About the 1000 Hours a Year Project
The 1000 Hours a Year Project is a partnership between Green Building Alliance and Women for a Healthy Environment, aimed at ensuring healthy and safe learning environments by eliminating two key environmental risks, lead and radon. K-12 schools and early learning centers can receive training, technical assistance, and financial support for testing and mitigating lead and radon, as well as communicating the importance of these actions to their communities. This project is only made possible through generous support from The Heinz Endowments. Learn more at http://1000hoursayear.org.