Cross River Partnership is partnering with Lambeth Council for the Clean Air Villages 3 project to improve the air quality in 16 different London ‘villages’, where air pollution and population density levels are high. The project is being delivered on behalf of 16 partners, including 12 Local Authorities and 4 Business Improvement Districts across London.
During this year-long project, funded by the Defra Air Quality Grant,Cross River Partnership will engage with businesses, hospitals and wider communities to encourage behaviour change and support activities to reduce air pollution and congestion. Within the London Borough of Lambeth, Cross River Partnership is actively engaged with the Sustainability Committee from King’s College Hospital (KCH).
Mapping for Change is supporting the citizen science element of the project to help KCH develop a baseline understanding of their local air quality around the hospital grounds. We will be engaging hospital staff, through a citizen science approach, to increase awareness of air quality issues and encourage behaviour change towards reducing their impact on, and exposure to, harmful levels of pollution. Monitoring NO2 over a period of 6 months using diffusion tube sampling will also help inform decision making across the hospital.
Breathe Clean will be providing Tower Hamlets residents with the materials & training needed to monitor nitrogen dioxide levels around the places that matter to them. Participants will measure the air quality at a number of locations over a period of six months, to get a more granular picture of the situation in the borough. The data from the Breathe Clean project will be made available on Mapping for Change’s community maps webpage.
D-NOSES is a three-year EU funded research project which aims to provide a solution to the largely neglected issue of odour pollution, changing the traditional top-down approach for a bottom-up one. The lack of regulation from authorities around odour pollution is mainly due to it being difficult to reliably measure and the potential solutions being costly to implement.
Kampala NOSES is a pilot project that seeks to introduce novel ways with which to monitor and record odour issues across Kampala. All key stakeholders, from policy-makers to public sector administrators, from academics to industries and the community at large are needed to create a longer-term vision of implementing new environmental reporting and governance mechanisms.