San Francisco during 2018 wildfires. Credit: Getty Images.

Air Quality Network for San Francisco's Eastern Neighborhoods

Manylabs/ San Francisco AQ

Contact: info@sanfranciscoaq.org

San Francisco-based open science non-profit Manylabs is delighted to announce funding for our two-year Supplemental Environmental Project, Air Quality Network for San Francisco’s Eastern Neighborhoods, submitted to the California Air Resources Board. We will be deploying air quality monitoring instrumentation to detect particulate matter 2.5 (PM 2.5) and Volatile Organic Compounds, and displaying this data at www.sanfranciscoaq.org. PM 2.5 contributes to pulmonary and cardiovascular illnesses, and VOCs such as benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon tetrachloride inflict various health effects and pose an incremental cancer risk. This project builds upon an earlier grant which deployed monitors in the Eastern Neighborhoods, encompassing Bayview-Hunters Point, the Excelsior, Visitacion Valley, Portola, Balboa Park, the Tenderloin and Soma, Mission Bay and the Dogpatch. We are currently contacting current PM 2.5 sensor hosts to maintain deployments, and seeking new prospective hosts. In addition, we will be installing several leased VOC sensing instruments for up to one year each in various locations.

We welcome inquiries from prospective hosts in Eastern San Francisco, and look forward to community events.

Please contact us if you live in the neighborhoods and want to learn about possibly hosting a sensor.

Below: Wildfires over western edge of city, July 2020. Below: Visitacion Valley looking Northeast.

San Francisco during 2018 wildfires. Credit: Getty Images.
Visitacion Valley looking northeast.
Visitacion Valley looking northeast.