Discovering What We Cannot See
My People, My Air provides members of impacted communities with the information needed to protect themselves from air pollution. We believe that people should be able to know what they're breathing, what the causes are, and have a say in building the solutions. Through increased educational initiatives and enhanced data on local air pollution, we hope that community members feel empowered to be involved in seeking change. Those are our goals for My People, My Air.
In addition to educational events in Oxnard and Ventura, our program has three components:
Community Air Monitoring
We use cutting-edge technology to get air quality readings in real-time, and all information collected will be available to the public. The Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) has 6 monitors throughout the County. This gives a regional view of what we're breathing, but we hope to give people a better idea of air quality in their neighborhoods, especially in areas that may not have one of APCD's monitors. CFROG is installing air monitors in Oxnard and Ventura to help fill some of the gaps information.
A STEM education program that provides classrooms throughout Ventura County with an air quality curriculum and hand-held air monitors to use with students.
Researchers from California State University, Channel Islands use drones affixed to map smoldering oil seeps that were ignited during the Thomas fire in 2017.
This program is funded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) under CA Assembly Bill 617. Under this law, CARB dedicates funds to work with community organizations like CFROG to learn more about emissions and reduce exposure to air pollution in heavily impacted communities.
The ultimate goal of this program is to build a pathway, rooted in community member engagement, that leads to direct and effective policies for reducing air pollution and exposure in underserved and overly burdened communities.
- Fill gaps in existing county air emission inventories in three neighborhoods where pollution burdens are the greatest
- Document resident concerns about toxic hazards
- Produce open-source, publicly-available data with the long-term objective of being used to improve air quality
- Increase community awareness of air quality and its health impacts in their neighborhoods
- Expand neighborhood participation in guiding local policy and land-use decisions
- Build a program that can be used by community leaders to assess air quality in underserved communities
- Support Ventura County's Air Pollution Control District in complying with AB617: state legislation mandating community-based strategies to improve air quality in California, particularly in Environmental Justice communities