Green Seal Comments on EPA’s Clean Air in Buildings Challenge

March 17, 2022

Doug Gatlin, Green Seal CEO, has issued a statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Air in Buildings Challenge.

Part of U.S. President Joseph Biden’s broader National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan released earlier this month, the EPA’s challenge calls for a concise set of guidelines to assist facility managers with reducing risks from airborne viruses and other contaminants indoors.

“I applaud the Biden administration’s announcement of a Clean Air in Buildings Challenge, which encourages building owners, schools, colleges, and universities to take key steps to improve indoor air quality and prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Gatlin in a press release. “Green Seal and Healthy Schools Campaign’s Healthy Green Schools & Colleges Standard offers specific, detailed guidance that closely align with the Biden Administration’s ventilation guidelines, and that will help schools and universities implement the White House recommendations without making major capital investments.”

“I welcome the White House spotlight on prioritizing clean and safe indoor air quality in schools and all buildings. Combined with the Biden Administration’s $122 billion investment in schools in the American Rescue Plan, we have a rare opportunity to encourage health-and sustainability-focused upgrades to school facilities to help keep students, staff, and all building occupants safe and healthy during the pandemic and beyond,” Gatlin continued.