Sonoma Technology and EPA Help Schools Reduce Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution
Strategies identified in the publication are rooted in practical experience and have already been successfully implemented in schools and communities across the country. Best practices covered include:
- Mechanical ventilation and filtration
- Passive and natural ventilation
- Actions that building occupants can take
- School site location and design
- Transportation management policies
- Roadside barriers
The guidebook also provides a mechanical ventilation and filtration system assessment checklist to help schools improve classroom air quality.
As part of our work, we conducted literature reviews on near-road health concerns, mitigation strategies, and best practices for reducing exposure. In addition, we assessed analysis tools to support near-road/smart growth planning and developed case study material illustrating near-road planning principles to reduce pollutant exposure. Final products, all available from EPA’s website, include the guidebook, case studies, a summary infographic, and a list of additional resources to help school officials.