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"Improving the performance of school HVAC systems not only saves energy and provides a safer and healthier building environment, it also has a significant correlation to student performance."1

"...short-term CO2 exposure beginning at 1000 ppm affects cognitive performance, including decision making and problem resolution."2

 1. Fisk, W. J., The ventilation problem in schools: literature review, Indoor Air. 2017;27:1039–1051;   2. Azuma, et al, Effects of low-level inhalation exposure to carbon dioxide in indoor environments: A short review on humanhealth and psychomotor performance, Environment International 121 (2018);  3. Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Carbon Dioxide (Dec. 20, 2019); 4. California Energy Commission, Strategic Plan to Reduce the Energy Impact of Air Conditioners (June 2008), CEC-400-2008-010, at p. (v); 5. U. Haverinen-Shaughnessy, R.J. Shaughnessy, E.C. Cole, O. Toyinbo, D. J. Moschandreas, An assessment of indoor environmental quality in schools and its association with health and performance, Build. Environ. 93 (2015) 35–40; 6. Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health. “Wildfires and Health.” Global Health, 21 July 2022; 7. Fisk, W. J., The ventilation problem in schools: literature review, Indoor Air. 2017;27:1039–1051

"...8 studies reported statistically significant

improvements in some measures of student performance associated with increased ventilation rates or lower CO2 concentrations, with performance increases up to 15%."1

"...CO2 levels between 1000 and 2000 ppm are associated with drowsiness and attention issues. CO2 levels above 2000 ppm affect concentration and can cause headaches, increased heart rate, and nausea."3

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A study by a state energy commission found that over 50% of new HVAC systems and 85% of replacement HVAC systems that they evaluated were not performing correctly due to poor quality installation. 4

“Wildfire smoke contains fine, inhalable particles called PM2.5, as well as dangerous levels of heavy metals and other toxins. It may be as much as 10 times more dangerous for kids than other forms of air pollution.”6

A study of 70 elementary schools in southwestern US showed schools with proper indoor temperatures and higher ventilation rates resulted in 13–14% higher percentage of students scoring satisfactory in the math and reading tests. 5

8 studies reported statistically significant improvements in student performance associated with increased ventilation rates or lower CO2 concentrations, with performance increases up to 15%.

New Mexico Legislators on the Finance Committee have the opportunity to protect our kids by funding upgrades to 
dangerously outdated
 ventilation systems in our local public schools.

POOR AIR QUALITY IN NEW MEXICO'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS DAMAGING OUR CHILDREN'S HEALTH AND ABILITY TO LEARN.

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FUND CLEAN AIR FOR OUR KIDS

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