Examples of Community-Based Research Projects

Air Quality & Asthma in the New York Metropolitan Area: Mobile AirLab

After 20% of the twin towers were vaporized into the air after the tragic attack on September 11, 2001, the community recognized increased health-hazards, such as chronic respiratory disease in New York City.

A community-based research (CBR) effort was coordinated to assess the air quality in selected neighborhoods of New York City. Community and campus partners included Albany Nanotech, University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY), as well as EKTO, a manufacturing corporation that specializes in lightweight design shelters.

The outcome of this CBR project was a Mobile AirLab, fully equipped to measure a total of eight individual air pollutants, of which five are criteria pollutants and three classes of pollutants –VOCs, SVOCs and metals.

The project was directed by Dr. Holger Eisl and Dr. Steven Markowitz and funded by New York State.

Source: Center for the Biology of Natural Systems, Queens College (http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/cbns/)