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Community Air Monitoring Where You Live in EPA Region 3

Community air monitoring projects that use air sensor technology to monitor air quality in EPA’s Region 3 are providing the public with more information on the quality of the air they breathe.

EPA's Region 3 serves Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Village Green Project in Philadelphia, PA 

EPA is collaborating with Philadelphia’s Air Management Services to operate a Village Green air monitoring station developed by EPA researchers for use by the public to learn about local air quality. EPA has installed the station in Independence National Historical Park near the National Constitution Center a site that was chosen because of its proximity to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. 

The station is collecting minute-to-minute air quality data on ozone and fine particle pollution and weather conditions and providing a live stream of the measurements to the Village Green web page for public access.

Community-based monitoring technology such as the Village Green station provides new ways for the public to participate in science and learn about local air quality. The real-time data measured by the stations can be used in projects by citizen scientists, students, community organizations and researchers to understand air quality and learn how weather changes or nearby sources of air pollution can impact local air quality conditions. 

Village Green Project in Washington, DC

EPA is collaborating with the District Department of the Environment to operate a Village Green air monitoring station developed by EPA researchers for use by the public to learn about local air quality. EPA has installed the station at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Zoological Park.  With an average of two million visitors yearly, the Village Green Project at the National Zoo in DC raises visitors’ awareness of air quality and local air conditions while they explore the zoo.  

The station is collecting minute-to-minute air quality data on ozone and fine particle pollution and weather conditions and providing a live stream of the measurements to the Village Green web page for public access.

Community-based monitoring technology such as the Village Green station provides new ways for the public to participate in science and learn about local air quality. The real-time data measured by the stations can be used in projects by citizen scientists, students, community organizations and researchers to understand air quality and how events such as weather changes or nearby sources of air pollution can change local conditions. 

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Village Green Project