ROCIS Material

Have you ever wondered what type of impact Pittsburgh's air is really like? Find out from our former LCMP champion Susan, who sat down with Outside/In Radio aired on PRX in early June 2021.

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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


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)

Thank You to The Heinz Endowments for its support of the ROCIS
(Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Spaces) initiative!

Current Projects

Low Cost Monitoring Project

Current Cohort:
LCMP Cohort 52 
Thursday Sept. 15 - Friday, Oct. 14

Upcoming Cohort:
 Stay tuned!


For more info and complete schedule:


See our recent summary of induction cooking resources, from Tom Philips.

Click here for more information on our past webinar 12/15/20 Keep a Lid On It: Best Practices for Reducing Cooking Pollution in Homes, presented by Tom Phillips. 

[Recording here]
[PDF Here]

Range Hood Guidance Document

Low Cost Monitoring Project

• Clairton Air Filter Project

New!  Summary of portable air cleaner performance with pre-post particle monitoring results from the Clairton Residential Air Filter Distribution Program (Preliminary draft)

[PDF here]

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