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Taking A 'Hyper-local' Approach To Air Quality In Charlotte

Smog cloaks the Charlotte skyline in 2011.
Todd Sumlin
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Charlotte Observer
Smog, the visible sign of unhealthy air, cloaks the Charlotte skyline in 2011.

Aired on Tuesday, December 6 2016

A partnership that includes the EPA, Aclima and Google Earth is bringing new technology to Charlotte to help us assess air quality to improve future development.  What will that mean for Charlotte communities? Host Mike Collins finds out.

Charlotte has long been plagued by air quality challenges.  A new partnership between the EPA, Aclima (a company that specializes in ‘environmental intelligence’), and Google Earth is working to target cities around the country to help them do better to monitor air quality. Charlotte is one of those cities that will benefit from this partnership. (Here's a link to a  video explaining the partnership.)

This special air monitoring technology can ultimately help city officials learn more about the most polluted parts of our city and help planners design healthier cleaner development.  

What will that mean? Host Mike Collins is joined by some of the principal players in that partnership to talk about how it works and specifically how it can help us monitor and improve health quality in Charlotte.

Guests:

Dr. Melissa Lunden, Chief Scientist, Aclima

Dan Costa, National Program Director for the Air, Climate and Energy Research Program for the EPA

Terry Lansdell, program director for Clean Air Carolina and manager of the AirKeepers Citizen Science Program

EVENT:

Dr. Melissa Lunden and Dan Costa will be speaking at a special presentation by Clean Air Carolina at CPCC Thursday, December 6 "Making Air Visible"

Central Piedmont Community College/Tate Hall

6:00 pm Reception

7:00 pm Program