This article originally appeared on May 26, 2023, published by The Washington Informer.
Aclima executives and government officials are launching the District’s hyperlocal air quality monitoring pilot program.
“This project is going to give us block-by-block information on air pollution in our pilot communities,” Hannah Ashenafi, the associate director of the Air Quality Division at D.C.’s Department of Energy and Environment, said at a press conference about the launch. “This is a first [and] important step in determining the best ways to improve air quality and health.”
The two-week pilot program will begin June 12 in Ivy City/Brentwood, Buzzard Point and Mayfair. All three predominantly Black neighborhoods have long histories of industrial or development-related air pollution.