Chelsea Harnish Op-ED: Energy-efficient solutions are the key to improving indoor air quality in Virginia schools

This summer I saw parents, children and friends running around playgrounds, taking trips, spreading blankets in parks and breathing in the fresh air of a summer night. The hopeful moods were unlike anything I’d seen in more than a year.

It was a milestone, too. Statewide restrictions had been eased on the pandemic; its effects were felt in every home and business across Virginia.

I’ve enjoyed seeing a bit of normalcy return as I watched my daughter swim, bike and play outside with friends after spending her year of kindergarten learning at home. Like other parents, I’ve also been thinking about her back-to-school days ahead while grappling with concerns expressed by public health officials about the new delta variant.


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