The Halton Foundation provides funding opportunities to non-profit organizations researching how to improve human wellbeing in indoor environments. Grants have been awarded in several areas including helping children with asthma, funding for the Himalayas Stove project, and providing grants to universities that research indoor environmental quality.
Fordham University was awarded a 3-year grant consisting of faculty from the Chemistry Department at Fordham University and Environmental Control Technology Department at NYC College of Technology with expertise in nanoscience, analytical chemistry, HVAC engineering, and evaluating air quality. The goal of this group is to improve indoor air quality through innovative scientific approaches that integrate both basic and applied science methods. In this project, focus will be on exploring how photocatalytic air purifiers impact indoor air quality and, more importantly, on understanding how the physical and optical properties of the nanostructured catalysts impacts the oxidation of volatile organic compounds. The overarching goal of this research is to develop a portfolio of doped titanium dioxide photocatalysts that have the potential to greatly reduce the quantity of toxic byproducts formed by traditional photocatalysts and have the potential to operate with non-UV light sources.
In addition to the scientific goals, the group is also committed to training the next generation of air quality scientists. The project will also allocate funds to support five undergraduate research students who will participate in all levels of the research. The students will have the opportunity to present their research as co-authors on peer-reviewed publications and through presentations at major research conferences in the fields of chemistry and HVAC engineering.
For more information visit: https://www.fordham.edu/
The International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ)
The International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ) was awarded a 3-year grant as they are working toward developing a database on IEQ guidelines.ISIAQ is an international, independent, multidisciplinary, scientific, non-profit organization whose purpose is to support the creation of healthy, comfortable, and productive indoor environments. As a society, one of our roles is to develop, adapt and maintain guidelines for the improvement of indoor air quality and climate. We also cooperate with the government and other agencies and societies with interests in the indoor environment and climate.
For more information on ISIAQ visit: https://www.isiaq.org/
Warsaw University of Technology (Poland)
In 2016, Halton Foundation awarded a three-year grant to the Warsaw University of Technology in Poland. The grant was awarded for a research project that creates indoor environment guidelines for patient rooms in hospitals in Poland. The project looks at the rooms’ air distribution, microclimate variables, and limit values and explores cost-efficient technological solutions that can be utilized in the modernization and further improvement of the rooms. The project aims at creating a principle program with recommendations for a specific target environment. The grant is paid gradually in stages provided that the requirements of the previous stage are met. This was the fourth grant awarded by the Foundation.
For more information visit: https://www.pw.edu.pl/engpw
University of Reading and Chongqing University
The third grant, with a value of $29,500 dollars was awarded at the end of 2013 to the University of Reading for a project on School Indoor Environment & Ventilation Control Strategies for Children’s Health & Wellbeing. The purpose of the project is to improve the health and wellbeing of school children by investigating indoor environmental conditions and developing control strategies to mitigate the level of contamination in classrooms located in urban areas. It is a joint research project between the University of Reading, and Chongqing University in China.
For more information visit: https://english.cqu.edu.cn/
Himalayan Stove Project
Halton Foundation’s second grant was given in 2012 to the Paul Basch Memorial Foundation to help in its Himalayan Stove project in improving the health of people in the trans-Himalayan region.
The Himalayan Stove Project is dedicated to improving the health of the people in the trans-Himalayan region. The organization provides free, clean-burning, highly fuel-efficient cookstoves to families living in the Himalayas who now cook with traditional, rudimentary stoves or over open fire pits inside their homes, consuming excessive amounts of precious fuel and polluting the indoor air to dangerously unhealthy levels.
For more information visit: https://www.himalayanstoveproject.org/
Center for Courageous Kids
Halton Foundation awarded its first grant to the Center for Courageous Kids located in Scottsville, Kentucky. The Center is a medical camping facility that provides cost-free summer and weekend camps for seriously ill and disabled children and their families. The Centre was awarded a $30,000 USD one-time grant.
The grant from the Halton Foundation enables the Center for Courageous Kids to organize a one-week summer camp for children with asthma.
For more information visit: www.courageouskids.org
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