Green Seal CEO Releases Statement on Clean Air in Buildings Challenge
WASHINGTON, D.C.—March 23, 2022—Green Seal CEO Doug Gatlin recently released a statement on the Biden Administration’s Clean Air in Buildings Challenge. This challenge is one facet of the National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, which outlines methodologies to safely move forward while continuing to fight COVID-19. The Clean Air in Buildings Challenge asks building managers for schools, colleges, businesses, and organizations to employ strategies that will improve indoor air quality and reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne illnesses.
Regarding the challenge, Green Seal CEO Doug Gatlin notes that Green Seal and the Healthy School’s Campaign provide guidance that closely aligns with the Biden Administration’s goals. This guidance may be used to help organizations implement the recommendations in a strategic and economical manner.
Read the full text of Gatlin’s statement below.
“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.
The pandemic made creating healthy school environments an urgent national priority and brought to light the serious under-investment in school facilities nationwide. But the fact is, even before the pandemic, nearly half of U.S. schools reported indoor air quality problems that put the health of students and staff at risk.
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.
Unhealthy indoor air, inadequate ventilation, and chemical exposure from cleaning and maintenance routines continue to present systemic challenges in school districts. On top of health concerns, these issues are linked to poor concentration and test performance in students, adding preventable barriers to achievement.
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.”
Green Seal is a global nonprofit organization that grants ecolabeling to products based on rigorous standards for health, sustainability, and product performance. Green Seal standards have driven permanent shifts in the marketplace, empowering better purchasing decisions and rewarding industry innovators. With thousands of certified products, services, and spaces from the world’s leading companies, the Green Seal certification mark is a universal symbol that a product or service meets the highest benchmark of health and environmental leadership.