Asthma Friendly Workplace Award
Developed and initiated by the WVAC and the members of the Environmental Action Subcommittee 2011-2012
Mission: To recognize workplaces in West Virginia who strive to improve the environment in their organization, in the community, or other locations that positively impacts the health of their employees, customers, and community.
Why Apply: To be publicly recognized for your business’ concern for their employees health and/or the health of their customers and/or community. The nominees and finalists will be recognized by the West Virginia Asthma Coalition specifically the Environmental Action Committee, the West Virginia Asthma Education and Prevention Program, the American Lung Association in West Virginia, and the Wellness Council of West Virginia in an award ceremony as well as on the Coalition and Asthma Program website and press releases. We want to reward your efforts and to tell of your accomplishments!
Eligibility: Any workplace/business, non-profit organization, government, or community group in West Virginia may apply. Candidates may self-nominate.
How is the application evaluated?
The applications will be evaluated by a planning committee, represented by individuals from the American Lung Association in West Virginia, the West Virginia Asthma Coalition, the West Virginia Asthma Education and Prevention Program, and other entities who are knowledgeable in the areas of air quality, environmental matters, wellness initiatives, and community affairs.
Education and Outreach:
Providing a program, a project, or a committee developed and initiated whose purpose is to increases awareness of the importance of clean indoor air, health and wellness, or air pollution and its affect on the human body.
Industrial and Commercial Air Pollution Reduction:
A voluntary program or project that has made a reduction in the emissions of air pollutants from an industrial or commercial source.
Indoor Air Quality:
A program, project, or policy that improves the indoor air quality in commercial or private places in a business, public building(s), workplace(s), public lodging facilities, residential areas, or community utilized greenspaces (city park). The program or project may include a policy or practice such as a "smoke free campus", a “flower pollen policy” (a known asthma trigger), the construction or remodeling of a facility, or a facility employing an “asthma friendly” technology to improve air quality. Those areas that are 100% smoke-free will be given preference for this award.
A program, project, or policy that has advanced the knowledge of air pollution (indoor and outdoor) and wellness, and its connection to public health which may include providing an employee wellness initiative, smoking cessation education, chronic disease self-management class or training, nutrition and weight management education or program, or policy such as serving only healthy food options at workplace functions/events/meetings. The program, or project may vary in size, scope, and location.
Environmental Impact Reduction:
A program or project that may include resource conservation such as forestry management, or a practice or program that has a reduction in emissions of small particulate matter such as air pollution from idling vehicles; or a program or practice that reduces energy usage such as LEED certifications or Green Globes will be taken into consideration.
Examples of projects that will be considered for award are:
Environmental policies or new procedures that have positively impacted worksite clean air either inside or outside the workplace.
Smoke-free campus designations including no smoking in vehicles on site.
Comprehensive health care coverage to include no or low co-pays on asthma medications. Encouragement of employees with asthma to manage medications to reduce medical crisis’s.
Worksite policies and programs that identify triggers to asthma and eliminate those triggers from the workplace. Example: "smell free zone", cologne and/or flower policies.
Educational programs provided by healthcare professionals, organizations and others that support identification of asthma and assist in best practices to treat asthma effectively.
On-site screenings for Asthma with health fairs and/or employee new hire medical programs.
Family inclusive educational opportunities for families with children who have asthma.
Click here to apply for this annual award opportunity.