The University of Washington is partnering with Highline Public Schools and the cities of Seatac, Burien, Federal Way, Normandy Park and Des Moines in an indoor air quality study, focusing on ultrafine particles from aircraft, traffic and wildfire smoke. Indoor air in our schools is filtered to current guidelines. This project will determine if there is a benefit from adding room-based air filtration to public buildings.
Researchers will be measuring outdoor and indoor air quality at five schools in Federal Way and Highline. WELS and Cedarhurst have been selected to represent a variety of air systems and building ages in public schools. Monitoring is scheduled for February. It will last 48 hours at each location.
The results will provide information to schools and state legislators on current ventilation systems and how they remove outdoor sources of particles. The results of the project will be available online for the public.
To learn more about this project, please visit the U.W. Healthy Air, Healthy Schools webpage.