Indoor Air Quality

Students in the Environmental Science and Sustainability elective work with the Director of Sustainability to implement a Learning Environment Analysis (LEA) that includes the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Tools for Schools (TfS) Program. Student groups are responsible for the TfS data collection. The process also engages nearly every King employee, and the data is used to inform changes in indoor quality practices.

The LEA gives King’s administration, faculty, staff, and students the information needed to improve building performance, thereby minimizing student and staff exposure to hazardous contaminants, while also maximizing the learning environment for students and ensuring an optimal workplace for employees.

In conjunction with the TfS program, King’s LEA also incorporates a majority of the parameters used by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) in its Operations Report Card (ORC). The ORC metrics use quantitative information that includes: carbon dioxide levels, Energy Star benchmarking, illumination levels, temperature and relative humidity measurements. King’s LEA uses all of this information, with the data from the TfS program to get a robust, overall understanding of how the buildings are performing.

Current King best practices include:

  • King prohibits buses from idling when on campus.
  • King follows a comprehensive integrated pest management plan to minimize the use of pesticides. In line with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles and practices, King uses a system of pest identification, monitoring and assessing pest numbers and damage, guidelines for when management action is needed, preventing pest programs, and a combination of biological, cultural, physical/mechanical and chemical management tools. No pesticides are used on King's athletic fields.
  • King uses Green Seal Certified cleaning products as part of its Green Purchasing Guidelines. Over 90% of King’s cleaning products are now Green Seal Certified.
  • King uses an Energy Management System (EMS), installed by Trane, to help monitor HVAC systems. The EMS ensures efficiency and optimizes the ventilation systems, while minimizing energy use.