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Growing Sustainable Communities Conference

Posted on September 29th, 2016

CLE4R partners will be at the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference in Dubuque on Wednesday October 5 hosting a panel presentation and discussion on “Teaching and Learning about Air Quality by Citizen Science”

Panelists include

  • Dr. Charles Stanier, University of Iowa
  • Jalee Frommelt, University of Dubuque
  • Mary Rose Corrigan, City of Dubuque
  • Paul Schultz, Green Dubuque
  • Can Dong, University of Iowa

Here is a link to the conference and here is a link to our panel session.

Reduced air quality from particulate pollution was identified as a priority in a recent Dubuque Community Health Needs Assessment and Health Improvement Plan (CHNA-HIP), and many communities in the upper Midwest have similar challenges. Particulate matter is a known source for many health problems, including lung and heart disease. The City of Dubuque enrolled in the EPA PM Advance Program to assist the community in addressing PM 2.5 levels through a multi-faceted approach. The City of Dubuque and its partners have purchased and deployed over 20 low cost hand-held “citizen science” monitors that measure air pollution. Panelist will discuss successes and challenges of their use in Dubuque County during 2016. The sensors have been used for environmental education by citizens, college students, K-12 students, and environmental groups as part of the CLE4R environmental education project and the PM Advance Program Two specific air quality monitors – the “AirBeam” monitor and the “Air Visual” monitor, will be demonstrated.

CLE4R is testing an AirVisual Node -- a different kind of low cost particulate matter sensor than our AirBeams.  The node is designed to sit in your home or office, and it communicates via a wifi network so it can display its sampled value (on the left) and an official monitor value (on the right). It has other features; if you're interested contact us or visit AirVisual's website: https://airvisual.com/

CLE4R is testing an AirVisual Node — a different kind of low cost particulate matter sensor than our AirBeams. The node is designed to sit in your home or office, and it communicates via a wifi network so it can display its sampled value (on the left) and an official monitor value (on the right). It has other features; if you’re interested contact us or visit AirVisual’s website: https://airvisual.com/