NTAA: IAQ Work Group

Indoor Air Quality Work Group

The NTAA Indoor Air Quality Work Group is comprised of Tribal Professionals with an interest in indoor air quality in Tribal homes and other buildings. IAQ refers to the air quality in and around buildings and structures as it relates to the health and comfort of the building occupants.
NTAA's IAQ Work Group strives to help improve IAQ in Indian country by developing policy actions on IAQ issues including:

IAQ home assessments
Healthy Home IAQ Kits
Water intrusion issues
Radon testing in Tribal homes and communities
Radon mitigation
Funding needs for IAQ activities in Indian country
Addressing asthma disparities

On June 26, 2019, the NTAA Indoor Air Quality Work Group Presented an Informational Webinar entitled, “Policy Tools to Address Vaping and E-Cigarettes in Tribal Communities.” The webinar explored vaping and e-cigarettes and how Tribes can create and utilize policy tools to reduce IAQ threats from this emerging trend in tobacco use. The 1 ½ hour-long webinar included speakers from the National Native Network and the California Department of Public Health’s Tobacco Control Program (CDPH). You can view the recorded webinar here.

On March 6, 2019 the NTAA IAQ Work Group hosted an informational webinar entitled, “Policy Tools to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Tribal Homes.” The webinar included stories from Tribes around Indian Country as well as an introduction to EPA’s Tribal Green Building Toolkit. You can also find information on EPA’s website on Funding Opportunities for Tribal Green Building here.

During the January, 2018 conference call of the NTAA IAQ Work Group, a presentation by the Navajo Nation’s EPA office was provided on their IAQ Program, with a focus on their Woodstove Change Out Project in partnership with various entities. You can view the presentation here.

IAQ Informational Webinar:
Presentation: Tribal Greenbuilding 101: How Tribes Can Build Homes with Sustainability in Mind
By Gepetta S. Billie, an intern with DOE

The NTAA Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Work Group hosted a webinar on the topic of IAQ & Methamphetamine on Thursday, Oct 19, 2017. We invite you to join and learn more about this ongoing problem in tribal communities and the sensitive challenges it presents for families across Indian Country. Click here to watch now. You can also click here for the Power Point presentation discussed on the webinar.

The NTAA IAQ has released the 2017 National Indoor Air Quality Needs Assessment for Indian Country: Updated and Revised Edition. You can read it here.

Conference Calls of the NTAA IAQ Work Group occur on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 2 pm ET. For information on our next call, please Check our Calendar.

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IAQ Work Group, top half of flyer

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For more information, please contact:

Angela BenedictAngela Benedict, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

Andy BesslerAndy Bessler, NTAA Project Director