Out and About with MIAQC
We don’t sit around! What’s MIAQC been up to lately?
On July 25, MIAQC Executive Director Christy Crocker participated in the filming of a video to be used for community education on radon. The video is being produced by the Maine Lung Cancer Coalition and should be ready later this Fall. We will provide the link to the video in our next newsletter in January 2019.
Council Executive Director Christy Crocker and MIAQC member Kris Anderson adapted Kris’ July 2018 newsletter article on inspecting a home or rental property for IAQ before buying or signing the lease for publication in the September issue of the Green & Healthy Maine Homes magazine. You can subscribe to the magazine HERE.
On September 21-23, 2018, the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council had a booth at the Common Ground Fair in Unity. Thank you to all the MIAQC members who stopped by to say hello. A huge thank you, too, to our volunteers extraordinaire: Marissa Charette, Tom Caron, Don Newell, Steve & Alison Caulfield, Jay Otis, and Jon Levenseler. We gave out more than 40 radon in air and water test kits, gave a presentation on tips for new home construction, handed out hundreds of fact sheets for healthy home strategies, and talked to dozens of fairgoers about ways to make their homes both healthy and energy-efficient. We’ll be there again next year for sure!
On September 25, 2018 in Augusta, the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council convened a diverse group of landlords, tenants, codes officials, local health officers, mold assessment/remediation professionals, legal advocates, policy professionals, and MIAQC representatives for a full day Summit on Mold and Moisture Problems in Maine Rental Properties. What an amazing day we had learning about best practices for mold assessment, remediation and the impact mold has on human health, and tackling the thorny issue of how to handle mold and moisture problems in rental properties in ways that benefit tenants and landlords alike.
In the coming months, the group will be fine-tuning some guidance on best practice processes that identify both landlord and tenant responsibilities when these issues occur. Once a final draft of the guidance is completed, the group will be publishing, educating, and implementing the guidance.
We hope to share the guidance with The Informer readership in the January 2019 issue.
Contact MIAQC Executive Director Christy Crocker to find out how you can participate in and support the work of the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council: