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.
The Love My Air program, in partnership with Denver Public Schools (DPS), is creating a citywide air quality (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 widescale deployment and replicable in any municipality. The Love My Air program is also a Denver Smart City project.
Denver’s Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) has spent the last two years developing it’s Love My Air program with 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.
Want to join the dozens of other Denver schools committed to reducing air pollution and improving the wellbeing of their students or just want to learn more about the program?
Love My Air Denver aims to service schools in 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. Recruitment for the 2020-2021 school year will start in spring 2020.
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