VMDO LNL: Creating Healthy Education Environments

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Date(s) - 03/20/2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



Carrie-An Brutsman of Forbo presents

Creating Healthy Education Environments


Across the United States it has been documented that there are currently over 100,000 public and private K-12 schools plus over 5,000 colleges and universities that collectively define the education sector of our society and the built environment. These buildings and facilities are central forces in the lives of some 60 million K-12 students, 20 million college students, and 13-15 million faculty members and support staff. Altogether, that represents almost one-third of the U.S. population who spend a significant portion of their waking hours in an educational setting.

We take for granted that these facilities are safe, healthy, and productive environments in which children and adults can learn, grow, and develop. However, solid scientific evidence is increasingly linking the epidemic rise in serious health issues among our nation’s youth to exposure to conditions and toxins emitted by what have been considered “standard” school building construction materials, cleaning products, and maintenance practices. The alarming reality is that educational settings may in fact be a hotbed of hazards that are compromising the health of their occupants and children’s ability to learn.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify current issues impacting the indoor environmental health of educational facilities.
  2. Investigate the human impacts of toxins found in common building products used in school and educational buildings.
  3. Assess the available tools available to help design professionals and others gain transparency into the make-up and toxicity of building products.
  4. Specify healthier, more sustainable building products for educational facilities that are cost effective over the life cycle of the building.

Jim Rice:

Forbo Flooring NA

Mobile: +804 931 8573 ¦ E-mail: james.rice@forbo.com

Visit us at: www.forbo-flooringna.com

Please RSVP by noon on Monday, March 18.