Indoor Air Quality Program
Students, parents, teachers, staff, and members of the community have expressed concerns about the spread of COVID-19 in classrooms, and the community.
The Ministry of Education has provided $50 million in funding for ventilation upgrades to improve the quality of air in schools while mitigating germs. Many energy experts feel the Ministry’s fund is not enough, and schools will need to make the most of every dollar.
Healthy indoor air requires the deployment of multiple strategies. Fragmented, conventional solutions – simply just don’t cut it.
This portal was designed to help provide school-officials with information, solutions, and strategies that address all aspects of indoor air quality. We hope this collaborative effort will help uncover “industry best practices”, allowing us all to make informed and educated decisions.
CREATING SAFE HEALTHY LEARNING,
TEACHING AND WORKING ENVIRONMENTS
The Grand Erie District School Board is working with Nerva Energy through the Climate Change Leaders Partnership™, a partnership between Mohawk College and 10 regional school boards to combine innovative technology demonstrations with experiential learning for students.
One of the goals of the partnership is reducing energy and carbon. Nerva Energy has several technologies that reduce energy by up to 25-30% while providing better quality learning environments. The CCL partnership will validate the results and provide research on the impact of these technologies on students as part of the learning hub approach.
GRAND ERIE STUDENTS GAIN BETTER AIR QUALITY
With renewed attention on air quality in schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Grand Erie DSB and two local schools are the first in Ontario to retrofit their HVAC systems with REME-LED in-duct, air purification technology, providing students with a virus and bacteria reduced environment. In addition, students will have a chance for hands-on learning:
Validating and measuring REME LED and other energy-efficient technologies
Studying the impact on absenteeism due to illness in their schools
Examining the impact on energy consumption
A guiding path to safe
AIR QUALITY SOLUTIONS
to gain actionable insights from indoor quality experts.
ABOUT THE CLEANER AIR FOR SCHOOLS PROGRAM
Mohawk College, through its Climate Change Leaders hub, has invited all ten school boards to combine Duct Sealing and
Active Air Purification technologies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and improve indoor air quality for students and staff.
Now, more than ever, schools are looking for ways to increase safety, improve comfort, and reduce operational shut-downs.
We understand it is a normal reaction to question the long-term safety of any product that is effective and uses new or "breakthrough" technology. This type of concern has become common as our litigious society has taught us to question things that significantly outperform existing methods or products.
For your consideration, here are a few highlights from our due-diligence process:
The technology was invented over 20 years ago, and there are over one million cells in use in the world today.
100's of university and clinical studies that show the successful inactivation of 99+% of airborne viruses, including COVID-19.
3X better than UV systems, this technology treats the duct, the air in the space as well as hard surfaces.
The only technology that offers a "SNEEZE SHIELD", with 99% reduction of microbials - up to 3 feet from the sneeze source.
Approved by U.S., Canadian, Chinese, Japanese governments as well as the European Union and U.S. Military.
Certified by UL, ETL, TUV, EPA & CSA
Developed and tested by indoor air quality scientists within the Environmental Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Award-winning technology that has been installed in over 150,000 buildings.
Increases air-flow by 25-30%, eliminating costly HVAC upgrades and prolonged downtimes.
Prevents air leakage, thus reducing cross-contamination between rooms/floors.
Improves energy efficiencies and provides lower heating and cooling costs.
One day installation, with lower costs and no school disruptions.
More on Climate Change Leaders
Climate Change Leaders is a grassroots learning partnership with Mohawk College and ten area school districts that create:
1. Healthy learning and teaching environments
2. Experiential Learning opportunities for students in Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM)
3. New Pathways for students in clean technology, trades, business, and sustainability
4. New cooperatives, apprenticeships, and job opportunities in a low carbon circular economy
5. Climate Action – 18-23% reduction in energy and carbon, getting us one step closer to meeting Canada’s obligation to the Paris accord