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Science Notebook: Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality

People spend most of their time indoors. What are you breathing?

Featured Topic: Indoor Air Quality Scientific Findings Resource Bank

Indoor Air Quality Scientific Findings Resource Bank, Learn MoreDid you ever wonder if the air you breathe affects your health or work performance? Find out in this issue of Science Notebook as you learn about the Indoor Air Quality Scientific Findings Resource Bank Web site. The Web site provides scientific information about the effects of indoor air quality on people's health and work performance. Quiz yourself on the science of indoor air, watch videos and slide shows to learn about what you are breathing, meet indoor air scientists, and find out what you can do to improve your indoor air quality.

Scientist Showcase

Stop in for a casual chat to meet some of EPA's scientists and hear what they're up to, both in the office and on their own time.

Working together at EPA's Indoor Environments Division are Science Analysis Team members, from left, Christopher Patkowski, Laureen Burton and Mark Clayton.

Putting Science into Action

Scientific Findings: Advancing Indoor Air Quality Mission at EPA
Ever wonder what exactly EPA is doing to make the air you breathe safer? Find out what topics EPA is delving into to reduce health risks from indoor air quality problems. Learn more at the Indoor Air Quality Web site.

If You Were the Scientist

Check your understanding of some of the science behind indoor air quality by taking this short quiz. Don't worry if you don't know all the answers at first, the quiz is an easy and fun way to learn what's available on the Indoor Air Quality Scientific Findings Resource Bank.


Scientific Findings: Promoting Improved Air in Schools Nationwide
Armed with research, EPA teams up with schools nationwide to help improve the health and learning environments for children through the Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program. Watch as one school takes steps to improve its indoor air quality. Learn more at the Tools for Schools Web site.

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Greenversations with Scientists

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Sound Science

Hear all about it! Scientist Greg Brunner of EPA's Indoor Environment's Division talks to Science Notebook Coordinator Dr. Dale Perry on what the Indoor Air Quality Scientific Findings Resource Bank is, how it came into existence and what it means for our everyday lives. (Running time = 9:56)

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Inside the Scientific Findings Resource Bank Web site

Learn the science behind productivity and indoor environments as you dig into current research examining how ventilation rates affect school and work performance.

Scientific Findings: Understanding and Reducing Mold Exposure

Molds are naturally occurring organisms that under certain conditions can become a problem indoors and negatively affect your health. Learn about the health outcomes of mold and dampness in buildings and learn where to turn for help.

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