The application process for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's competitive IAQ Tools for Schools Awards is now open! Be recognized for your outstanding commitment to improving children's health by promoting healthy indoor air quality—get started on your application today.

EPA offers three competitive awards for which school IAQ champions may apply:
• The IAQ Tools for Schools National Excellence Award is one of EPA's highest IAQ awards, presented to U.S. schools and school districts that have shown exceptional commitment to IAQ management in schools.

• The IAQ Tools for Schools National Model of Sustained Excellence Award is presented to U.S. schools and school districts that show ongoing exceptional commitment and achievement in maintaining healthy educational facilities while institutionalizing comprehensive IAQ management practices. Recipients of this award must have been a past IAQ Tools for Schools National Excellence Award recipient.

• The National IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Award is presented to individuals and organizations whose outstanding and innovative actions have improved school indoor environments. This year's application has been updated to streamline the evaluation process for both organizations and individuals.

Winners of these awards will be honored at EPA's 11th IAQ Tools for Schools National Symposium, to be held on January 13-15, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The deadline to apply for the competitive awards is Friday, Oct. 8, 2010.

Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools Awards Program, apply for an award or recommend an applicant for one of EPA's prestigious awards.

EPA also offers the National Great Start and Leadership Awards, non-competitive awards designed to recognize U.S. schools and school districts that are on their way to implementing sustainable IAQ management programs. Applications are accepted year-round. Learn more and apply today.