A project designed to monitor and help improve the indoor air quality in Tangipahoa Parish schools is being spearheaded by a Southeastern Louisiana University occupational safety and health specialist.

With a $38,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ephraim Massawe, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, will work with area school officials, teachers, staff and parents to develop and implement indoor air quality improvement programs based on the EPA's indoor air quality "Tools for Schools" program.

The project will target more than 40 public and private schools in the parish, as well as at least 30 private homes where indoor air quality will be monitored with equipment and supplies provided through the grant. The grant covers an 18-month period.

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