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Indoor Air Quality in Schools Webinar

March 28, 2013, Thursday 12:00 pm Arizona Time (12:00 pm PDT, 1:00 pm MDT, 2:00 pm CDT, 3:00 pm EDT)

IAQ in Tribal Schools
Why IAQ is Important in Tribal Schools
Collaboration between Tribal Staff and Tribal Schools
Green Cleaning in Schools


Mansel Nelson, Program Coordinator, EEOP and IAQTC
Mansel A. Nelson completed a BS in Chemistry and a MS in Chemical Engineering. During fourteen years of military service in the Army Chemical Corps, Mansel taught soldiers how to protect themselves from poisonous gases and conducted research on detecting poisonous war gases. During six years of teaching chemistry on Navajo Nation, Mansel ensured his students had a safe chemistry lab experience. For the past fifteen years Mansel has been the Senior Program Coordinator at the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals at Northern Arizona University. Mansel works with educators and students (K-16) to show how mathematics, science, and technology can be applied to understanding community environmental issues including Indoor Air Quality. Mansel has conducted IAQ assessments in tribal schools throughout the US.

Mark Sorensen, CEO STAR School - Serving Navajo Nation
Mark W. Sorensen has been an educational leader of schools serving Navajo students for thirty-six years. His work as Principal, Superintendent, Advisor and Mentor of indigenous schools has focused on improving the quality of Native American and Native Hawaiian education, and on supporting Native American tribes and communities in developing full service, culturally relevant and ecologically sensitive schools. He has a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, and is currently the co-founder, Governing Board President, and CEO of The STAR School, the first off-grid solar and wind powered charter school in the U.S.

Johna Boulafentis, Nez Perce Tribal Air Quality Staff

Carol Westinghouse, President, Informed Green Solutions

Cristina Gonzalez-Maddux, Research Specialist, ITEP

Radon Testing and Mitigation Webinar
Completed February 27, 2013

Files are in pdf

Twa-le Abrahamson-Swan
Twa-le is the Air Quality Program Manager for the Spokane Tribe of Indians located in Wellpinit, WA. Radon is a priority for the Spokane Reservation, and program goals include testing every home, school and office on the Reservation. The Spokane Tribe is also in the process of developing building codes which will include Radon Resistance New Construction, and providing training for local construction workers and contractors on radon mitigation. Twa-le also hosts a weekly radio show, InnerTribal Beat, that covers environmental news for the Tribes in the Northwest, as well as a variety of Native American music.

Peter Diethrich
Peter is the General Assistance Program (GAP) Manager for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Environmental Program Division. He received certifications for Radon Measurement and Mitigation through the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Physics Department. Indoor air quality is one of the responsibilities of the GAP Manager and radon is the priority within the IAQ program. Radon testing has been ongoing on the SUIR since 2003 and the program purchased two continuous radon monitors in 2009 with grant funding. The continuous monitors give the program accurate and timely radon data that is being used to better understand the radon problem on the reservation.

Brandy Toft
Brandy is the Air Quality Specialist for Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, She has worked with the Leech Lake Air Program to obtain and implement a variety of air quality improvement projects: alternative energies including solar and wind, diesel retrofitting and emission reductions, radon testing and mitigation, burn barrel mitigation, indoor air quality assessments, along with monitoring for particulate matter (2.5 micron), wet deposition mercury, dioxins, and meteorological data collection.

Additional Information for Radon Testing and Mitigation:

Asthma in Tribal Communities
Will be announced soon.

For more information please contact:
Mansel Nelson