This year we shared stories from families like Walker’s, Jamie’s, and Shemane’s that teach us it doesn’t matter what state you live in or how big your home is – every single one of us can experience the negative effects of poor indoor air quality.
These indoor pollutants are often odorless, colorless, and invisible to the naked eye. What's worse – it often takes people years to make that connection between their health and home, if they ever make it at all.
This needs to change.
That’s why Change the Air Foundation is dedicated to three major initiatives: education, policy & advocacy, and research.
We know that without access to credible and actionable information, it will be difficult for most people to make the connection between their health and their home, and challenging for their doctors to reach the correct diagnosis and determine the best course of treatment. Finally, we know there is a great deal of inaccurate and unsafe information out there on how best to inspect, test, and remediate homes that have mold, water damage, and other indoor pollutants. Ineffective and unsafe practices are used in our homes and buildings far too often.
This needs to change. Your support helps put reliable information and resources in the hands of those who need it most.
We aim to:
Why Public Policy & Advocacy?
Indoor air quality is not regulated by the federal nor most state governments. This means that there are few, if any, legal safeguards in place to protect you from the effects of mold, mycotoxins, VOCs, and other indoor pollutants. For example, in most states (47!), the mold remediation company you hire is not required to follow accredited industry standards on mold remediation. This means you, your family, and your home may be subject to insufficient and even unsafe remediation practices.
This needs to change. Your support helps us advocate for policies and standards that will make our indoor air safer.
We aim to:
From conception to the grave, our indoor air can keep us healthy or make us sick. Many indoor pollutants are odorless, colorless, and invisible to the naked eye making them difficult to identify and remedy. As a result, they are often overlooked as potential triggers behind a wide range of health conditions. Credible and actionable research needs to be conducted and distributed to the public, health care practitioners, policy makers, and those in related industries. The way we heal our bodies and build and maintain our homes needs to be based on the most up-to-date science. Poor indoor air quality is a neglected, dismissed, and underfunded public health issue.
This needs to change. Your support helps us analyze, simplify, distribute, and fund research that answers important questions and finds solutions to problems created by indoor air quality.
We aim to: