Love My Air
Empowering Denver’s communities to live better, longer by reducing air pollution and limiting exposure through behavior change, advocacy, and community engagement.
As one of the fastest-growing U.S. cities, Denver experiences significant construction and traffic congestion, worsening our air quality (AQ)—the 14th-worst among major US cities. Only 53% of residents realize the impacts of poor AQ, including that children are more susceptible to its effects, such as decreased lung function and missed days of school. While multiple factors influence exposure to air pollution, schools are an ideal intervention point for sensor deployment, education, and empowerment.
Founded in 2018, the Love My Air program’s goal is to reduce air pollution and limit exposure through behavior change, advocacy, and community involvement. As a winning city of the 2018 Bloomberg Mayors Challenge $1 million award, the Love My Air program, in partnership with Denver Public Schools (DPS), has created a citywide AQ monitoring network to provide real-time AQ data utilizing low-cost cutting-edge air pollution sensor technology, redeveloped with solar, battery storage and data connectivity to make it useful for wide-scale deployment and replicable in any municipality. Love My Air program is also a Denver Smart City project.
Denver’s Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE)'s Love My Air program has a goal of empowering our community with hyper local air quality data, cutting edge air sensor technology, education, and community outreach. Through close collaboration and funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies we have refined our idea and are looking to collaborate with other cities interested in the idea.
Current and Future Partners
Partner Schools Roster
2021-2022 Partner Schools
- Academy of Urban Learning
- CEC Early College
- College View Elementary School
- Collegiate Prep Academy
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College
- John F. Kennedy High School
- Kepner Beacon Middle School
- Math and Science Leadership Academy
- Merrill Middle School
- Newlon Elementary School
- Northfield High School
- Palmer Elementary School
- Rocky Mountain Prep - Southwest
- STRIVE Prep - Kepner
- STRIVE Prep - SMART
- STRIVE Prep - Westwood
2019 - 2020 Partner Schools
- Bruce Randolph School
- Garden Place Academy
- Gust Elementary School
- Northeast Early College
- PREP Academy
- Sabin World School
- South High School
- Swansea Elementary School
- University Prep Steele
2018 - 2019 Partner Schools
- Centennial School for Expeditionary Learning
- Columbine Elementary School
- Downtown Denver Expeditionary School
- Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School
- Emily Griffith High School
- Farrell B Howell ECE-8 School
- Hallett Science & Tech Academy
- McAuliffe Manual Middle School
- Manual High School
- Joe Shoemaker School
- University Park Elementary School
Replication in Other Municipalities
To empower more communities, Love My Air Denver has created a replication toolkit to provide a central location for outreach, education, and public health documents needed to launch the Love My Air program. The replication toolkit is comprised of an Engagement toolkit, Education toolkit, and Public Health toolkit.
Download the Love My Air Replication Toolkit Summary(PDF, 11MB)
Join the Love My Air Network to access the entire library of replication tools.
Aubrey Burgess, Love My Air Program Lead
Interested in requesting a program or becoming a Love My Air Partner School?
Want to join the dozens of other Denver schools committed to reducing air pollution and improving the well-being of their students or just want to learn more about the program?
Love My Air Denver aims to service schools in Denver Public Schools (DPS) who demonstrate high need based on asthma rates and various economic indicators. If you think your school may be eligible, we encourage you to submit a request form.
Request a Love My Air Program or to Become a Partner School