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Green Speakeasy: Making the Invisible Visible
Making the invisible visible: Developing hyperlocal air monitoring networks to better inform policy development and enactment by Dr. Harold Rickenbacker,Manager, Clean Air and Innovation, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
The emergence of lower-cost air quality sensors has redefined the power of comprehensive spatial-temporal data. But while technology is advancing and creating new hyperlocal insights, cities have struggled to shift from data to action or to implement strategies for air pollution mitigation and management.
EDFs work spans domestically and internationally, utilizing both mobile and stationery monitoring networks to inform land-use zoning and permitting, implement emergency public health interventions, and advise the design of traffic management measures and transportation projects, to name a few. Hear about our work in London, UK, to measure pollution levels before and after the introduction of a new Ultra Low Emissions Zone, or work in Houston, TX, to identify elevated levels of benzene (~300 ppb) near petrochemical facilities after Hurricane Harvey.
The routine availability of high-resolution air quality data in major urban areas will have transformative implications for environmental management and policy, air pollution science, and public health awareness and advocacy.
Thursday, November 19 at 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.