In 2022, the EPA awarded us $500,000 for a 3-year project that aims to create a community-based network of neighborhood-level air quality monitoring stations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, focusing on neighborhoods with high asthma burdens. Through this program, the community will receive education about how to access the neighborhood-level air quality data, what the data means, and the action steps tied to that data so that residents have both the tools and knowledge necessary to respond to asthma-related air quality risk factors. This will be accomplished through six activities.
- Activity 1: Install fixed air quality sensors and use portable sensors at select schools in the Milwaukee Public Schools district to gather air quality data.
- Activity 2: Train school partners to analyze the sensors’ data, set up notifications, and develop school-based action plans to respond to air quality alerts.
- Activity 3: Develop and deliver educational programming focused on air quality for kids, families and communities.
- Activity 4: Engage schools in air quality monitoring activities through involvement in air quality campaigns (like anti-idling), student engagement and leadership, school STEAM curriculum/citizen science monitoring using sensors, and education and awareness programs aimed at students, families and the community.
- Activity 5: Share real-time air quality data through apps and websites, along with long-term data and trends through portals and databases.
- Activity 6: Evaluate the effectiveness of air monitoring, education, and behavior changes that can improve asthma management using our performance measures.