Keep a Lid on It
Best Practices for Reducing Cooking Pollution in Homes
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
2:00 - 3:15 PM EST
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM PST
How safe and healthy is your indoor air when cooking at home?

Experience from the ROCIS Low Cost Monitoring Project has confirmed that cooking activities appear to be the dominant indoor sources of particle generation in many Pittsburgh houses. The more you cook, the more particles are created. However, our monitoring only reveals part of the stew of various indoor pollutants, odor, and moisture, whether cooking with a gas or an electric appliance. Breathing these pollutants can significantly increase the risk of both short-term and long-term health effects.

To learn how to effectively reduce exposures to cooking pollutants and odors, join us for an overview of the ROCIS best practice guide for kitchen range hoods and low emission cooking, by Tom Phillips, Healthy Building Research.

  1. Be aware of health, moisture, noise, odor, and climate action issues associated with home cooking and kitchen ventilation.
  2. Understand the basics of how to select, install, test, and operate a ducted range hood in order to achieve effective, quiet kitchen ventilation. Know where to find more and updated information.
  3. Learn how to reduce cooking emissions and toxin formation by healthy, low emission cooking practices and appliance selection.
Tom Phillips has spent 40 years working at the intersections of research, education, and policy addressing environmental health, pollution, and buildings. He has worked on landmark Indoor environmental quality research projects, and produced IEQ guidelines for California. He has served as technical advisor to national, state, and local agencies, NGOs, and private firms on IEQ issues, climate change adaptation and resilience, and green building programs. Tom helped develop seminal programs for healthy, sustainable buildings. His current work focuses on climate ready and resilient buildings and communities, IEQ in low energy buildings, and reducing outdoor pollutant intrusion. Tom’s current mantras: show me the data, and don’t forget human behavior factors.
Participate In a Virtual ROCIS Monitoring Cohort
Now is the perfect time to learn about your indoor air quality, the effect on you and your family, and most importantly, opportunities for improvement. 

Participate in the webinar 7 PM Monday, January 11 and repeated 10:30 AM Tuesday, January 12, to learn more about the Low Cost Monitoring Project (LCMP) and our upcoming virtual monitoring Cohort (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19). NOTE: Folks outside of southwest PA can join this cohort.

After the webinar, participants will be contacted to confirm their interest in continuing and their commitment to meet the LCMP expectations for the upcoming cohort. 

More details can be found on our website here.

Click below to register for one of the sessions of the upcoming info webinar:
Thanks to The Heinz Endowments for support of the ROCIS initiative. 
(Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Spaces)