Air Quality Monitoring Study to Take Place in Springfield

A project will get underway, beginning in June, to monitor the air quality in Springfield  – once dubbed the “asthma capital” of the United States. Local residents can take part in the study… and receive a stipend for your work.

Air quality sensors will be placed throughout the city to measure air pollution levels and provide information in real time to help people take steps to protect themselves from exposure. The project is being paid for by the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey with $50,000 from settlement funds paid by polluters.

If you are interested in participating in this project, you are invited to join our Advisory Committee!  We are looking for residents to participate in the process to set up and monitor the air quality sensors. Residents will help with the following:

  • Help environmental partners to identify air quality monitoring sites in each city.
  • Help create community messaging about the installation of the air quality monitors and ways to use the information to inform the community
  • Build an understanding of climate resilience and environmental justice initiatives and advocacy in Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke.
  • Promote and share other climate resilience and environmental justice initiatives efforts in the community
  • Resident Advisors receive a $100/month stipend. The project runs from April – June.

APPLY TO BE A RESIDENT ADVISOR:
To apply to be a Resident Advisor, please fill out this Google Form or please contact Samantha Hamilton, Live Well Springfield Manager, Public Health Institute of Western MA or 413-794-2807.

This project is a collaboration of the following organizations: Live Well Springfield, Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition, ReGreen Springfield, City of Springfield, City of Holyoke, Earthwatch, and Yale School of Public Health. Funding provided by the MA Attorney General’s Office of Environmental Enforcement and MA Municipal Vulnerability Program.

TO LEARN MORE:
To hear more about the project, please listen to the audio segment on WAMC – Northeast Public Radio.  Visit t.ly/se5q to access the audio story by Paul Tuthill, WAMC Connecticut Valley Bureau Chief.

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2021 Earth Day Festival

Join a neighborhood planting event on Earth Day, April, 22, 2021 in the Mason Square Neighborhood. New trees, a pollinator garden and information on how you can help fight climate change, right in your own hometown.  Please plan to attend, and spend some celebrating Earth Day 2021.  The day’s events kick off at 10:00 AM and continue all day.

Bring your friends and family to Adams Park, 376 Wilbraham Road. Planting kicks off at 11:00 AM.  You can help plant a tree or a pollinator garden, which will help make the neighborhood a bit greener and more sustainable.

This is a COVID-19 Awareness event, with all CDC and MA Department of Public Health protocols for public events. Masks and social distancing required to participate in the event.  

Please plan to join in the celebration if you can!

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JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORS FOR AN ONLINE ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND ACTION SESSION ON APRIL 14TH
‘Air Quality Monitoring and Trees for Springfield’

  • A Virtual Community Planning and Action Discussion
  • Open to All Ages and Interests
  • Residents From All Neighborhoods Invited

April 14, 2021 • 6:00 – 7:00 PM via Zoom and Facebook Live

During the session you help to place a collection of air-quality monitors across the city, in order to better understand how air pollution impacts public health. You can help us decide where to place those monitors! Also, you will learn about opportunities to help plant new trees in neighborhoods across the city this Spring in order to help address climate change, right in your own neighborhood.

** CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND RECEIVE LOG-ON INFORMATION

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