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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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Pennsylvania’s Schools Have A Lead Problem, But There’s a Solution

Whether you have kids there, work there, or were recently there yourself: daycares and schools are where we spend a substantial amount of our lives — 1,000 hours for the average child per year to be exact. These places should be safe to spend time in — and free from the risk of lead contaminating the drinking water. In partnership with Women […]

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