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Radon Training for K-12 Schools and Childcare Centers–1,000 Hours Initiative

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Join Green Building Alliance and Women for a Healthy Environment for our virtual Radon Training for K-12 Schools and Childcare Centers to celebrate National Radon Action Month on January 18th. With the generous support of The Heinz Endowments, Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE) and Green Building Alliance (GBA) re-launched the 1000 Hours a Year Initiative in 2020 to help offset costs associated with testing and remediation of lead and radon in schools and early learning centers. Since 2017, the 1,000 Hours a Year project has equipped approximately 45 school personnel with the technical knowledge to test and remediate radon in their buildings.

The virtual training will take participants through the radon testing process and provide all needed training, resources, and guidance to conduct their own testing. Receiving this training can save school districts a significant amount of money on hiring an outside consultant and will equip the giving facility staff with the knowledge and technical training needed to protect school students and early childcare centers from radon exposure.

This four-hour course will be offered virtually twice on January 18th (8:30am-12:30pm and 2pm-6pm) for any school facility directors, assistant facility directors, maintenance personnel, or tradespeople who work in K-12 schools or childcare centers. The program is primarily open to school facilities located in Allegheny County with some spaces open for other counties. The cost of the course is $15, but we are able to waive the fee if a special request is submitted. Please email Ellen Conrad (ellenc@gbapgh.org) regarding the waived fee exception. Radon tests for your buildings will be included in course participation. Your registration will not be complete until after you complete the form emailed to you after registering on the GBA website.

 

Meet your Instructor: Nathaniel L. Burden, Jr.

Nathaniel L. Burden, Jr. is a radon testing and mitigation expert with over 30 years’ experience using short-term and long-term passive radon devices, along with several continuous radon and work level monitors. Burden’s early career was spent as a nuclear operator at the decommissioned Shippingport LWBR Atomic Power Station and Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Pennsylvania, but much of his career has centered on international and domestic radon testing and mitigation projects. Burden has worked on countless radon mitigation and research projects, including serving as a special consultant of radon testing and mitigation for the DOD American Army facilities, performing hyper radon mitigation consultations and research with the Argonne National Laboratory at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, and historical radon mitigation design and installation for an Air Force/Navy facility with historical Underground Railroad in the Warminster, PA. He currently is the Pennsylvania AARST chapter president, sits on the national AARST board of directors, and is a part of several ANSI-AARST radon measurement and mitigation standards committees, including one for schools and large buildings.  He also sits on the National Radon Action Program (NRAP) for environmental radon justice projects.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Identify common facility interest areas, pain points, and foci that relate to the experience 

Share best practices and common misunderstandings  

Establish connections with other people in your field who are having similar experiences for increased support  

Develop a series of action steps to apply in your own school setting  

 

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Mold, Radon, and Lead in Schools Webinar

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This event was rescheduled from March 10th, 2020 and is now available online.

Join Women for a Healthy Environment and Green Building Alliance for technical guidance on addressing mold, lead and radon in your school building.  Participants will learn best practices around preventing moisture & mold issues in their buildings and will learn how to investigate, evaluate, and remediate moisture & mold problems in their building.  Participants will receive technical guidance on the environmental hazards of lead and radon, understand the steps and nuances of testing and remediation and learn more about the resources available to assist in the process.  

This workshop is presented in collaboration with the 1000 Hours a Year Project, which is committed to helping improve the environments where children learn to keep kids safe, healthy and learning. The 1000 Hours a Year Project was made possible through generous funding from The Heinz Endowments and talented staff from Women for a Healthy Environment¹s Healthy Schools PA and Green Building Alliance’s Green and Healthy Schools Academy. 

This workshop is offered via Zoom. Please register to receive the Zoom link. For more information on the Healthy Schools Workshop series and other GHSA programming, contact Green and Healthy Schools Director, Katie Lockley. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Identify common facility interest areas, pain points, and foci that relate to the experience of facility personnel.  

Share best practices and common misunderstandings  

Establish connections with other people in their field that are having similar experiences for increased support  

Develop a series of action steps upon the end of the workshop to apply in their own school settings.  

 

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Breathe Easier with Indoor Air Quality Monitoring

Indoor air quality is one of the many emerging topics of environmental health and green building.  Humans spend more time indoors than out, therefore the air we are breathing while inside is critically important to our health.   As we become more aware of the health impacts of not having a clean breathing environment, products are emerging […]

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The Punch List – 7/13/18

Let’s get swinging along the riverfront. Izzy Rudolph of McKnight Realty Partners says his company’s renovation project of the Terminal Building (where GBA’s office lives!) is a potential spot for covered public riverfront swings. KDKA’s Ken Rice has been advocating to have these tranquil swings in Pittsburgh after seeing them along the Ohio River in Cincinnati (inspired […]

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The Punch List – 7/6/18

Hyped about faster, cleaner transportation. The first Hyperloop transit route in the U.S. will span from Pittsburgh to Chicago, and its development is quickly progressing. Consultants will soon begin environmental impact and feasibility studies, following this past year of testing in Las Vegas. The transit system is vacuum based with some propulsion, and the projected air and noise pollution is less than […]

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Amazon’s HQ2 Makes a Compelling Case for Urban Sustainability

In early September, America’s ubiquitous e-retailer dangled an enormous carrot in front of all city governments — $5 billion in investment, 50,000 high paying jobs, and a boost to every horizontal industry needed to support the largest company in the U.S.  Amazon’s HQ2 request is unusually transparent, and their anyone-can-play narrative has cities coughing up […]

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p4 Pittsburgh Performance Measures

Last week, p4 Pittsburgh released the p4 Performance Measures, which have been in development for all of 2016. The twelve p4 Performance Measures “will help determine investment prioritization for Pittsburgh’s real estate development projects” in the following categories, each of which offers 10 possible points: Community Opportunity Economy Housing Land Public Connect Rainwater Air Energy Innovation […]

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You’re as Good as the Company You Keep

Did you know that about 90% of a business’s operating costs are typically employees? Or business healthcare costs have increased significantly in recent years? With staff as organizations’ largest expense (by far) businesses are actively seeking ways to maximize employee productivity, increase efficiency, and decrease staff-related costs – all while retaining staff. As a result, […]

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Energy Efficiency Upgrade Challenges, Disclosure Legislation, and Indoor Air Quality Pilot

Each month, the Pittsburgh 2030 District holds a Partner Meeting convening Property Partners, Community and Resource Partners, sponsors and other stakeholders to discuss the latest relevant happenings and information. Meetings are held in a different location within the District’s two boundaries, Downtown and Oakland, giving building representatives an opportunity to share their successes and challenges, […]

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