Indoor Air Quality is just as important as outdoor.
Camden Clean Air is partnering with AirRated, who provide the ‘global benchmark for indoor air quality’, to monitor the indoor air quality of schools around Camden. AirRated establishes the school’s ‘AirScore’, and Camden Clean Air will then make recommendations on how to improve their indoor air quality to improve this score.
Why is indoor air quality important?
According to AirRated, ‘children are particularly vulnerable to poor Indoor Air Quality. Around 42% of all pupils attend schools in areas that breach PM2.5 limits and 3.7 million pupils are exposed to high levels of pollution on a daily basis. This can have an adverse impact on lung development, brain development and lead to asthma, obesity and diabetes. Exposure to air pollution during the school day also leads to a significant reduction in cognitive performance and can potentially lead to sleeping difficulties. Improving air quality can have a huge impact on both the health and productivity of pupils.’
What are the causes of poor indoor air quality?
Poor indoor air quality can be caused by a number of factors including poor ventilation, choice of cleaning products, and the filtration systems attached to air conditioning or heating units. For such a significant problem, changes can be relatively low-key and easy to implement. This is where Camden Clean Air will come in. Your school will be able to keep track of this improving score and measure your success.
How to get involved
If you are a school that would like to take part, please get in touch. This will involve AirRated assessing the indoor air quality of your school by creating your very own AirScore and then working with Camden Clean Air to make small changes and improvements. We will then highlight your school all over the Borough as a leading example.
We are looking for businesses and stakeholders to fund a school’s involvement in this project and directly impact the health of the school children and staff. You will be able to measure the success of your sponsorship by watching the school’s AirScore climb up, showing you that your contribution has created a healthier environment for pupils and staff.