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Harnessing data to drive action
Air pollution management typically relies on a few, sparsely located monitors. Hyperlocal monitoring can provide a more holistic picture by filling a gap in places where modeled data is not available. The result is a better understanding of how uneven pollution can be within cities. This kind of information can help cities tailor solutions that reduce pollution and deliver health and climate benefits.
Environmental Defense Fund’s guide Making the Invisible Visible: A guide for mapping hyperlocal air pollution to drive clean air action provides advice for cities, counties and other local organizations interested in using hyperlocal air quality data to drive tailored solutions for air pollution.
What the guide has to offer
The guide can help local leaders examine specific air quality challenges and research tools and introduces a suite of targeted solutions focused on investigations, emergency response, transportation and traffic, land use, and investments and incentives. It outlines how to evaluate various air quality solutions, build community awareness, and measure progress of policy decisions. It also includes case studies of work with city and community leaders that show how this new kind of data can help design new solutions, build political support for action, increase compliance, and hold polluters accountable.
"Whether considering hyperlocal air pollution mapping or turning their air quality data into smart, local solutions, this guide meets local leaders where they are."