Thursday, November 10, 2022

The  Air District has received a $298,114 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to enhance air quality monitoring in the Bay Area. The Air District is partnering with Communities for a Better Environment to implement the project funded by this grant in East Oakland, a densely populated community faced with a high air pollution burden.

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The grant will enable the Air District to use an air monitoring van to perform exploratory measurements of pollutants and conduct studies. In addition, a network of air sensors and filtration units will be deployed to community members and schools, who will be trained to interpret data and respond to air quality emergencies, such as wildfire smoke events.

The grant is part of the largest investment for community air monitoring in EPA history and is funded through President Biden’s Climate and Economic Plans and the Justice40 initiative. The Biden-Harris Administration created the Justice40 Initiative to confront and address decades of underinvestment in disadvantaged communities by directing resources to communities most impacted by climate change, pollution, and environmental hazards.

Communities for a Better Environment builds people’s power in California’s communities of color and low-income communities to achieve environmental health and justice. This is achieved by preventing and reducing pollution and building green, healthy, and sustainable communities and environments. Learn more about CBE’s efforts via Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.  

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Last Updated: 11/9/2022