Air & Climate

Indoor Air Quality

Missouri State University’s Indoor Air Quality procedure includes a regular preventative maintenance program, issues being reported according to the procedure and investigated by Facilities Management and Environmental Management on a case-by-case basis.  Initial IAQ investigations generally consist of:

  • Review of submitted questionnaires
  • Visual inspection of the affected area to identify probably sources
  • Review of HVAC system

Common practices are used to identify, evaluate, and control IAQ issues, with University personnel relaying on recommendations from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control, and the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

More information about Missouri State University’s Indoor Air Quality procedure can be found on the Facilities Management Website.

Air Pollution

Air pollution comes from many different sources such as factories, power plants, dry cleaners, cars, buses, trucks and even windblown dust and wildfires. Air pollution can threaten the health of human beings, trees, lakes, crops, and animals, as well as damage the ozone layer and buildings. Air pollution also can cause haze, reducing visibility in national parks and wilderness areas. EPA protects human health and the environment through the regulatory process and voluntary programs such as Energy Star and Commuter Choice. Under the Clean Air Act, EPA sets limits on how much of a pollutant is allowed in the air anywhere in the United States. Although national air quality has improved over the last 20 years, many challenges remain in protecting public health and the environment. EPA's goal is to have clean air to breathe for this generation and those to follow.

There are a number of different pollutants that are regulated by the EPA, such as;

  • Ozone
  • Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)
  • Particulate Matter (PM)
  • Sulfur Oxides (SO2)
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  • Lead
  • Mercury

Ground-level ozone is a growing concern in metro areas like Springfield. Click on the Ozone link on the left for more information.