Fri, May 13, 2022 - 2:00pm ET

Friday, May 13 is the ninth webinar in our 10-part School Building Science Fridays series. In this session, Tracy Washington Enger (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) and Dr. Erika Eitland (Perkins& Will) will discuss the disproportionate impact of poor school building quality on low income and communities of color. By tailoring healthy design and operation strategies, we can work towards restorative justice on a community scale. Case studies will be shared from New Orleans, Los Angeles and Boston. CHPS Executive Director Craig Schiller will be the moderator.

CE Credit: Earn 1 HSW LU through AIA

Learning Objectives: 
  • Identify the community health burden before a child enters their school building. 
  • Understand strategies for a justice-oriented approach to school environmental quality. 
  • Consider biases affecting building design, maintenance, and operations. 
  • Inspire to move people to action at the building and community-level. 

The Free webinar begins at 2pm EST and last 45-60 minutes. It will be available through online Sustainability Education Provider GBRI. The registration button below will take you to the GBRI event page.

And thank you as always to our series sponsors: Tarkett, Perkins Eastman, IN2Architecture, Group14 Engineering and Healthy Schools Network

Recorded webinar

Speaker bios

Dr. Erika Eitland is the Director of the Human Experience (Hx) Lab at Perkins&Will where she is focused on the public health impact of K-12 schools, affordable housing and urban resilience. She received her doctorate from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Environmental Health where she was the lead author of ‘Schools for Health: Foundations for Student Success’ report that examined more than 250 scientific articles on the association between building quality and student health and performance. She has presented her research internationally at the World Bank, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, American Society of Interior Design and U.S. Green Building Council. She also holds a Master of Public Health in Climate and Health from Columbia University. 

Tracy Washington Enger has worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Air since 1994. In her current position in the Indoor Environments Division, she develops, promotes, and implements education and outreach programs that protect public health from indoor environmental pollutants. She has worked for 20 years on building capacity for school districts across the country to create greener, cleaner, heathier learning environments by implementing the EPA Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools (IAQ TfS) Action Kit. In addition to the IAQ TfS Action Kit itself, she has been instrumental in the development of a suite of products to assist schools in taking action to address IAQ issues, including recently developed guidance documents on preventative maintenance, websites, national and regional in-person training events, and series of professional training webinars. Ms. Washington Enger received her B.S. and M.S. in Journalism from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  After graduate school, Ms. Washington Enger joined the Peace Corps where she taught English literature and language in Sierra Leone, West Africa.  Additionally, Ms Washington Enger is an alumnus of the Newfield Network international coaching program and a Georgetown Certified Facilitator. 

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