MONTHLY COMPENDIUM

Tom Phillips' Monthly Compendium of Events, News, Resources, Research Results, and Sources of Funding. A PDF of each compendium is available for downloading.

2016 JULY COMPENDIUM
The themes for this edition of Tom Phillips’ Compendium include, but are not limited to IAQ, environmental health, energy efficiency, green buildings, and fossil fuels.
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2016 APRIL - JUNE COMPENDIUM
The themes for this edition of Tom Phillips’ Compendium include, but are not limited to environmental health, energy efficiency, and environmental justice.
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2016  MARCH COMPENDIUM
The themes for this edition of Tom Phillips’ Compendium include, but are not limited to, environmental justice, fossil fuels, environmental health, energy efficiency, and resilient design. 
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2016  FEBRUARY COMPENDIUM
The themes for this edition of Tom Phillips’ Compendium include, but are not limited to, asthma, indoor PM, multifamily buildings, fossil fuels, energy efficiency, and resilient design.
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2016  JANUARY COMPENDIUM
The themes for this edition of Tom Phillips’ Compendium include, but are not limited to, asthma, indoor PM,  air cleaning, sensors, and citizen science. 
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2015  NOVEMBER / DECEMBER COMPENDIUM
The themes for this edition of Tom Phillips’ Compendium include, but are not limited to, energy efficient buildings, community development, fossil fuels, near-road pollution, and climate action.
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2015  OCTOBER COMPENDIUM
The themes for Tom Phillips’ October Compendium include, but are not limited to, pesticide, lead, particulate matter, fracking, and asthma issues related to the intrusion of outdoor pollutants
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2015  SEPTEMBER COMPENDIUM
The themes for Tom Phillips’ September “Back to School” Compendium include, but are not limited to, schools and EJ (environmental justice).
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2015  AUGUST COMPENDIUM
The themes for this month's compendium have included, but are not limited to, citizen science, EJ (environmental justice), coal and climate action.
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2015  JULY COMPENDIUM
The themes for July's compendium have included, but are not limited to, health and children.
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ROCIS

ROCIS Mission

Reduce the impact of exterior environmental pollution in southwestern Pennsylvania to improve healthy and energy efficient indoor environments where we live, work, and learn

ROCIS Goals

1) Create a collective vision

2) Develop the knowledge and capacity of organizations and individuals

3) Catalyze collaboration within a community of stakeholders

 

ROCIS Core Principles  

Americans and Canadians spend most of their time indoors, primarily in residential or commercial/institutional settings. Health concerns regarding the indoor environment reflect the impacts of both indoor and outdoor pollutant sources. Rather than viewing indoor and outdoor pollution as two separate public health concerns, ROCIS views them as closely related. The following core principles guide the ROCIS initiative:

  1. While the source of indoor air pollutants may originate from the indoors and/or outdoors, ROCIS is concerned about the situations where outdoor air is a significant threat to health indoors.

  2. Source control is the ideal method of managing health concerns from all pollutants. Reducing the pollutant load that comes from industrial or highway sources (for instance) is usually not feasible for an individual building owner.

  3. Identifying most outdoor pollutants (other than by smell or smoke) is difficult. Pollutants vary considerably over space and time. Some follow daily cycles, some are seasonal, and others are in response to weather conditions.

  4. Children and people with respiratory health issues are particularly susceptible.

  5. Low-income families are often faced with substandard houses, proximity to pollutant sources, and unaffordable mitigation measures.

  6. Continued research is needed to clarify health impacts related to the environmental sources, particularly interactive effects.

  7. Inexpensive, yet accurate, detectors are necessary to measure pollutant levels indoors. If these are not available, then there should be a method to facilitate equipment loans or community monitoring.

  8. Systems to reduce exposure to pollutants can have an energy cost, but they also have the potential to be an integral part of a comprehensive energy use reduction effort.

  9. There is a critical need to demonstrate solutions, incorporating continual improvement to assess effectiveness and to refine guidance.

  10. Conclusions about mitigation effectiveness should be widely disseminated - to improve indoor air quality in houses and buildings with similar problems.

​​(V. 12-04-2014)

A Special Thank You to The Heinz Endowments for its support of the ROCIS initiative, Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Spaces

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ROCIS Stakeholder Meeting

Friday, February 26, 2016

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