Schools K-12 Energy Efficiency/PCB Training

Upcoming Webinars:
New Jersey State Schools: December 15, 2011

Video & Transcript now available.
New York State Schools: January 11, 2012

Video & Transcript now available.

K-12 Schools Energy Efficiency/PCBs Training Webinars

US EPA Region 2 is hosting a series of webinars to provide targeted outreach to K-12 Schools. The webinars focus on the benefits of upgrading and retrofitting lighting in schools, especially schools that still use T-12 fluorescent lamps.  Older lighting technology such as T-12 fluorescents lamps should be the first to be upgraded.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “switching from T-12 to T-8 lighting with electronic ballast can reduce light energy by 20 to 30 percent.”  In some instances fewer  T-8 lamps can achieve the same illumination of T-12s and increase the color rendering index, which increases the light quality.  T-8s also run much cooler which reduces air conditioning costs.  Please note that after July 2012 T-12 lamps will no longer be manufactured and consequently the costs for servicing these lamps will increase.

Comparison of fluorescent tube types Comparison of fluorescent tube types

The webinars will also cover the dangers of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in light ballasts in schools.   PCBs were used extensively in school building materials (e.g., caulk/sealant, lighting fixture ballast, etc) from the 1950's until their ban in 1978. Off-gassing of PCBs into the indoor air of a school has been identified as a potentially significant exposure route. PCB residues on surfaces can also contribute to exposure. PCBs are persistent bioaccumulative toxins and are designated as probable human carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. PCBs can also cause various non-cancer health effects including adverse effects on the immune system, liver and on reproductive/developmental outcomes.

Speakers for the webinars include:

Juan G. Gutierrez / US EPA, Region 2 / Region 2's - ENERGY STAR Coordinator

Mark A. Maddaloni / US EPA, Region 2 / Toxicologist

About Webinars:
Webinars allow multimedia presentations over the Internet, and require no special software for participants.

To attend a webinar, the following is required:

For PC-based participants:

  • Internet Explorer® 7.0 or newer, Mozilla® Firefox® 3.0 or newer or Google™ Chrome™ 5.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
  • Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
  • Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
  • Minimum of Pentium® class 1GHz CPU with 512 MB of RAM (recommended) (2 GB of RAM for Windows® Vista)

For Mac®-based participants:

  • Safari™ 3.0 or newer, Firefox® 3.0 or newer or Google™ Chrome™ 5.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
  • Mac OS® X 10.5 – Leopard® or newer
  • Intel processor (512 MB of RAM or better recommended)
  • Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection


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