ROCIS Webinars

Focusing on the intersection of outdoor particulate matter and IAQ


1) An estimated 130,000 deaths in the US were attributed to particulate matter PM2.5 in the US in 2005 (2009 EPA Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter).

2) Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania are consistently ranked among the worst ten regions in the United States for PM2.5    

3) Problem = Opportunity for Impact!

Part 1 – Friday, November 21, 2014, 2:00-3:30 PM Eastern Time
Particles 1: Indoor Concentrations of Outdoor Air Polution

Part 2 – Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 2:00-3:30 PM Eastern Time
Particles II: Health Impacts, Standards, Monitoring, and Building-level Mitigation

Keep a Lid on It: Best Practices for Reducing Cooking Pollution in Homes

How safe and healthy is your indoor air when cooking at home?
Experience from the ROCIS Low Cost Monitoring Project has confirmed that cooking activities appear to be the dominant indoor sources of particle generation in many Pittsburgh houses. The more you cook, the more particles are created. However, our monitoring only reveals part of the stew of various indoor pollutants, odor, and moisture, whether cooking with a gas or an electric appliance. Breathing these pollutants can significantly increase the risk of both short-term and long-term health effects.
To learn how to effectively reduce exposures to cooking pollutants and odors, join us for an overview of the ROCIS best practice guide for kitchen range hoods and low emission cooking, by Tom Phillips, Healthy Building Research.
  1. Be aware of health, moisture, noise, odor, and climate action issues associated with home cooking and kitchen ventilation.
  2. Understand the basics of how to select, install, test, and operate a ducted range hood in order to achieve effective, quiet kitchen ventilation. Know where to find more and updated information.
  3. Learn how to reduce cooking emissions and toxin formation by healthy, low emission cooking practices and appliance selection.


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Tom Phillips has spent 40 years working at the intersections of research, education, and policy addressing environmental health, pollution, and buildings. He has worked on landmark Indoor environmental quality research projects, and produced IEQ guidelines for California. He has served as technical advisor to national, state, and local agencies, NGOs, and private firms on IEQ issues, climate change adaptation and resilience, and green building programs. Tom helped develop seminal programs for healthy, sustainable buildings. His current work focuses on climate ready and resilient buildings and communities, IEQ in low energy buildings, and reducing outdoor pollutant intrusion. Tom’s current mantras: show me the data, and don’t forget human behavior factors.



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

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