Air quality awards won by school, system

September 18, 1996|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

Mount View Middle School and the Howard County school system received indoor air quality awards last week from the Maryland State Department of Education and the American Lung Association.

The awards recognize "the relentless commitment and support for improving air quality in your schools," said Sharon Gibbs of the American Lung Association in presenting the awards to Mount View and the school system at the county school board meeting Thursday.

The state identified the indoor air quality of schools as an important issue several years ago and has been assisting schools in managing indoor air since then, said Al Abend, an educational planner with the state.

The awards were created in January as an incentive to local schools and school systems to pay more attention to air quality, and "the criteria that had to be met were of a very high standard," Abend said. The awards include about $6,000 for indoor air quality training, equipment, magazine subscriptions and conference registration.

Pub Date: 9/18/96

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