Georgia State works to improve air quality

Georgia State researchers, students and community members are working to help improve air pollution in low-income neighborhoods.

The research is conducted to help determine how people living in lower-income and mostly minority neighborhoods alongside congested interstate highways are affected.

Students and community members conducted the research by placing small, passive monitors around the neighborhoods for one to two weeks that measured nitrogen dioxide, which is produced when gasoline or diesel fuel is burned.

During summer and fall 2012 more than 120 sites were measured throughout Atlanta.

The project addresses serious health problems, particularly the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

Christina Fuller, assistant professor of public health, told Public Relation Specialist Jeremy Craig that “Since there are so many people potentially exposed to ambient air pollution, there could be a significant number of people affected by negative outcomes.”

The Research Experience for Undergraduates program of the Community, Soil, Air, Water (CSAW) program sponsored the students and the research.  The program is currently recruiting students.

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