Take a deep breath because Toronto Environmental Alliance and Environment Hamilton have launched the INHALE Project to improve air quality in Toronto and Hamilton!
Thanks to the financial support of the Metcalf Foundation, this innovative project will empower people to monitor their local air quality at the ‘street level’. INHALE is the first project of its kind in Canada, modeled after Pittsburgh’s GASP project. It will be pilot tested in two Toronto communities and two Hamilton communities over two years (2014-2016).
Using mobile air particulate monitoring equipment attached to backpacks, bike handlebars or baby stroller handles, Community Air Tracker volunteers will walk, run, or ride through their neighbourhoods collecting real-time air pollution data.
The data will be used to create a map of their community, called the Fresh Air Finder. This tool will allow online users to easily identify the best and worst air quality locations in their community.
Through local meetings and forums, we will explore the main sources of air pollution and where the worst ‘hot spots’ are. This will be a first step to developing neighbourhood solutions that will improve air quality and ultimately, quality of life.
We are actively recruiting Community Air Tracker volunteers to join the INHALE Project in Toronto's Downtown Core.