Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a critical issue facing many tribes throughout the country. Improving indoor air quality can
result in significant improvements in health thereby decreasing medical costs and improving quality of life.
The EPA has identified and characterized significant risks to public health from indoor environmental contaminants that are commonly
found in homes, schools and offices, where Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time. Indoor levels of air pollution may be two
to five times higher, and occasionally 100 times higher, than outdoor levels. Common indoor air contaminants include radon, secondhand
smoke, mold, irritant and allergenic asthma triggers, combustion by-products and volatile organic compounds.
With support from USEPA's Office of Radiation & Indoor Air (ORIA) – ITEP is developing a program to assist tribes with Indoor Air
Quality issues in the following focus areas:
Indoor Asthma Triggers
Indoor Air Quality Management Programs in Schools
To learn more or request technical assistance please contact our program staff.
The goal of ITEP's Indoor Air Quality in Tribal Communities (IAQTC) project is to assist tribal communities to reduce the
environmental health risks posed by contaminants in indoor environments.
To make a request for technical assistance please click on the link below.
Indoor asthma triggers
Indoor air quality in schools
Involves the following:
National IAQ Conferences & Outreach to Tribes
Will partner with other programs to provide services to tribal communities, including:
US Environmental Protection Agency Indoor Environments Division
Radiation and Indoor Environments National Laboratory (RIENL)
The three houses in the center of the logo are a teepee, hogan, and a pueblo styled house to represent the many houses that Native
Americans have occupied or still occupy today. The two curved lines above the houses and the tail feather that starts from the left
side in the middle of the logo both represent air.
For more information please contact: