Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, recently won a Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant from the Environmental Projection Agency (EPA) worth nearly $750,000 for an air monitoring research project intended to improve air quality in the city.
“Earlier this year I participated in an educational roundtable discussion at the university with faculty and students that explored climate change and regional air quality issues,” EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin said. “EPA is proud to support Carnegie Mellon in conducting this important air monitoring research and correlate its impact on public health in Pittsburgh neighborhoods.”
Scientists at Carnegie Mellon will use the funding to develop and test low-cost, portable and easy-to-use air pollution monitor methods, working in conjunction with community groups. Measuring air pollution will allow communities to map their neighborhoods and understand how air pollution is affecting them, and through that improve public health.
The Carnegie Mellon grant is one of six recently awarded by the through the STAR program EPA to further the effectiveness of low-cost air pollution sensors. Carnegie Mellon was also the recipient of a $10 million grant from the EPA this past May, which was used to launch the Center for Air, Climate and Energy Solutions.