Diesel in Our Air: Lents Community Air Sampling Project

How do people in Lents experience air pollution as they play soccer, wait for the bus,  or simply live near high-traffic routes and industrial sites where diesel engines are used?

To better understand diesel pollution in our daily lives, Lents neighbors worked to locate, observe and sample the tiny particles of black carbon in the air.

Green Lents staff and Lents Youth Initiative interns from ROSE CDC collected air quality samples at 10 locations in Lents between Sept. and Oct. 2016.

Read more about what we found in our report:
Diesel in Our Air: Community Sampling Project

Watch the video produced by Lents Youth Initiative:

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GREEN LENTS: Founded in 2009, Green Lents is a grassroots nonprofit supported by neighbors. Green Lents engages the greater Lents community in developing a more livable, thriving neighborhood and work to promote a culture of sharing and environmental sustainability. Green Lents works in teams of volunteers to help support community-identified local projects that the community has prioritized and provide opportunities for leadership, education, and community action. Green Lents took on this project as part of the Lents Green Ring effort and in response to community air quality concerns. Green Lents staff lead observation and sample collection for this project.

ROSE Community Development is dedicated to serving the needs of outer Southeast Portland communities by developing affordable housing and creating educational and economic opportunities for low income residents. ROSE staff supervised Lents Youth Initiative interns, who performed observations and sample collection. ROSE staff also engaged interns to design and produce videos to present results to the broader community.

Oregon Environmental Council (OEC) advances innovative, collaborative and equitable solutions to Oregon’s environmental challenges for today and future generations. Founded in 1968, Oregon Environmental Council is a nonprofit, non-partisan, membership-based organization. We protect the health of every Oregonian and the place we call home by working for clean air and water, a healthy climate, an unpolluted landscape and sustainable food and farms. OEC staff provided equipment, technical expertise and project management for this pilot project as part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. OEC plans to share this project with other communities in Oregon who wish to conduct similar air sampling projects.

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