We collaborate with engineers, scientists, and community groups to design and deploy technologies with the potential to amplify environmental justice perspectives. Then we use social science methods to assess how well those technologies worked for communities.
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Meaning from Monitoring
Real-time air monitoring at oil refinery fencelines gives up-to-the-minute information, but doesn't enable adjacent communities to spot trends
or systemic issues.
Worked with community members to create AirWatchBayArea.org, an interactive website that displays monitoring data and accepts users’ reports about environmental conditions.
Archival data and user reports make Air Watch Bay Area a uniquely useful tool, but converting data to information and making data actionable remain challenges for websites that seek to empower communities with information. Read more.
Real-time air monitoring would do more to empower communities with more context, interpretive innovation, infrastructure, and proactive pollution prevention. Read more.
contributors to the project included:
Constance Beutel Kelsey Boone Janet Callaghan Paul Dille Amy Gottsegen Jay Gunkelman Cheryl Holzmeyer Yen-Chia Hsu
Kathy Kerridge Denny Larson Jesse Marquez Gwen Ottinger Derek Parrott Janet Pygeorge Nancy Rieser Randy Sargent
Dawn Naufus provided technical support.
We are grateful to the National Science Foundation (Award #1352143), the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, and Intel Labs for their support.
P R O J E C T
Real-Time Health Monitoring
Health concerns are paramount in communities adjacent to point source polluters. Fenceline monitoring programs measure air quality, but don’t collect data about residents’ health.
Equip fenceline community residents with off-the-shelf personal monitoring technology to generate real-time data relevant to their health, enabling them to explore possible correlations between air quality and health symptoms.
Does having personal health data change the way that residents make sense of air quality data?
What data processing tools and other resources do they find most helpful for making sense of data?
Project Lead: Cheryl Holzmeyer, Research and Outreach Associate
Crockett-Rodeo United to Defend the Environment (CRUDE) Niklas Lollo, PhD student, Energy and Resources Group, UC-Berkeley
The project has received funding and technical support for Phase 1 from Intel Labs. Drexel student Matt Salvetti (B.A., Sociology, 2016) provided additional valuable support.
Read the results of the study here.