UPEI faculty, staff call for improvements to campus building ventilation

August 6, 2021
Faculty and staff at the University of Prince Edward Island are calling for improvements to ventilation for some campus buildings to improve the air quality on campus. Members of the UPEI Faculty Association and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1870 have requested a “robust” ventilation strategy, cleaner air, and transparency about the university’s improvements to air quality. Association president Michael Arfken said that buildings such as the Main Building have not had upgrades to their ventilation system since the 1980s. “Our working conditions are students’ learning conditions,” said Arfken. UPEI responded to the concerns by saying there are a variety of ways they are meeting health and safety standards for air quality, including mechanical and natural ventilation. CBC (PEI)