Community Air Monitoring in East Oakland

Learn about the Air District's efforts to conduct air monitoring in East Oakland.

Background

The Air District, Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), and the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) are partnering to implement a multi-year community air monitoring project in the community of East Oakland. The project is partially funded by a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency for enhanced air quality monitoring for communities.

Map of Bay Area highlighting East Oakland
East Oakland

Located near the East Bay waterfront, East Oakland contains large tracts of industrially zoned land with a mix of stationary industrial sources that are often directly upwind of residences and schools. East Oakland also is a major transportation corridor with goods moving via ship, rail, congested freeways, and truck routes in close proximity to people’s homes. This area includes Interstate 880, Oakland International Airport, and industrial and logistics businesses associated with the Port of Oakland.

East Oakland community members and organizations have long advocated for health equity, cleaner air, and investments to promote a green and regenerative economy, and this air monitoring project will aid in those efforts. The project will use a multifaceted approach for characterizing local-scale air quality impacts in East Oakland, including:

  1. Use of the Air District’s air monitoring van to perform exploratory measurements of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – including many air toxics – and particulate matter (PM) around sources or receptors of interest to the community, and
  2. Deployment of a network of outdoor and indoor commercial PM sensors and DIY air filtration units to community members and schools, who will be trained to interpret data and respond to air quality emergencies, such as wildfire smoke events.

To learn more about the project  and how to get involved, subscribe to our email list using the link on this page and check this page for information and updates as the project progresses.

You may also contact CBE for more information about the project.

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This project has been funded in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under assistance agreement 98T56701 to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The contents of this website do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the EPA, nor does the EPA endorse trade names or recommend the use of commercial products mentioned on this website.

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Last Updated: 1/29/2024