Clean Air Sudbury has existed since 1999. We have been involved in various community education initiatives, ranging from workshops in schools to developing Air Quality Trends reports for Greater Sudbury. Please feel free to explore our past work!
2009 – 2011
Although monitoring stations in Greater Sudbury provide useful information about general air quality, in 2009, there was little or no information on air pollutant concentrations at street level and in high traffic areas of the city.
Clean Air Sudbury participated in a street-level air quality study initiated by the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario in 2009-2010. The study involved measuring ground-level ozone and respirable particulate matter (PM2.5), two major components of smog, near major roadways and in public areas in a number of Ontario communities. Short-term sampling at five major intersections in Greater Sudbury during the summer of 2009 indicated that:
· PM2.5 concentrations were, at times, substantially higher than those measured at the regional air quality index monitoring station on Ramsey Lake Road;
· ozone concentrations were similar to concentrations at the regional monitoring station; and
· at all times, the Ministry of Environment criterion for ground level ozone and the Environment Canada reference level for PM2.5 were not exceeded.
The results of this study represent only a “snapshot” in time and are very weather dependent. However, they suggest that air quality determined from PM2.5 measurements near major roadways, at times, may be poorer than indicated by regional monitoring stations.
Clean Air Sudbury participated in a second round of sampling in the summer of 2010 to obtain more information about air quality during peak traffic times at three major intersections.
2009 – 2010
The Fuel Efficient Driving program was delivered to businesses, organizations and the public to educate them on greening corporate fleets and fuel efficient driving. Over 400 people participated in the Greater Sudbury Fuel Efficient Driving Program from May 2009 to March 2010. Here are some of the impressive results:
· Most participants reduced their fuel usage and associated emissions of air pollutants
· The average knowledge gain of participants was 19%, and greenhouse gases by 5 to 10%.
· Participants saved a total of 7,700 L of gasoline, 18 tonnes of carbon dioxide emission
· 93% of participants continued to implement fuel efficient driving strategies one to three months following the workshop or presentation they attended.s and 1 tonne of air pollutant emissions.
· Participants indicated that they would consider fuel efficiency as a key criteria in the selection of their next vehicle.
This educational initiative was sponsored by an ecoEnergy for Personal Vehicles grant.
2009 – 2010
In 2009 – 2010, Clean Air Sudbury focused on determining what air quality was really like at street level in Greater Sudbury. There was little information on air pollutant concentrations at street level and in high traffic areas of the city. Using mobile monitoring techniques (air monitoring equipment mounted inside a large van), an independent air quality specialist (Dr. Denis Corr from Corr Research) measured air pollutant concentrations at five major intersections and found that pedestrians, cyclists and motorists may be exposed to potentially higher concentrations of some air pollutants than monitoring stations indicate. A report was published in 2012 with the results from this study. Read the full report here.
2006 – 2008
Clean Air Sudbury delivered a schoolyard air quality monitoring project in four local high schools. Students collected the information and used statistical analysis to derive meaning from the data about the air that they were breathing. The program was conducted at Confederation and Lockerby high schools in 2006-2007 and at LoEllen Park and Bishop Alexander Carter high schools in 2007-2008. Air monitoring equipment, on loan from the Ministry of Environment, was set up in each of the schoolyards for up to a month, with a focus on measuring particulate matter.
The project incorporated aspects of research including monitoring, data gathering, statistical analyses and report production combined with an educational component which entailed student/teacher interaction, curriculum enhancement and presentations by local air quality professionals. Students became familiar with state-of-the-art air quality and meteorological monitoring equipment and how that equipment is used by professionals to measure air quality. They also learned how air pollution can impact human health and the environment.
“The Program was very interesting and informative. Students were able to observe actual equipment used in the field…they were able to have many views and applications of this information.”
– Grade 11 Chemistry teacher at Bishop Alexander Carter