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Spring 2021

New Schools Join Love My Air As Fourth Program Year Begins!

The school year looked different for all of us this year. Even though this was a wild year, 12 new Denver Public Schools joined Love My Air! New schools will be able to view air quality at their schools and access air quality curricula next school year. 

Summer is around the corner
and with it comes ozone seasonand unfortunately, the possibility of an active fire season. This summer, Love My Air (LMA)  will launch a mobile app to provide a one-stop shop for air quality information and data in Denver (more information about the LMA app below). We hope the app will provide valuable data and information about air quality in the Denver metro area.

The Road AheadPreparing For The 2021-2022 Academic Year

Love My Air is already entering the 4th program year! We look forward to providing data support, K-12 air quality curriculum with Denver-specific case studies, and programs for participating schools to reduce pollution exposure. 

As in-person events return, we are excited to attend school fairs or back-to-school nights. Love My Air team members are also happy to “visit” a classroom to answer questions about the air we breathe. If you are interested in having an air quality expert visit classrooms or community events next year, email Aubrey.Burgess@denvergov.org  

Announcing Our Newest Partner Schools: The 2021-2022 Class!

  • AUL Denver
  • Collegiate Prep Academy
  • College View Elementary
  • CEC Early College
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College
  • John F. Kennedy High School
  • Palmer Elementary
  • Rocky Mountain Prep Southwest
  • STRIVE Prep - Smart
  • STRIVE Prep - Westwood
  • STRIVE Prep - Kepner
  • Kepner Beacon Middle School

Spotlight On Sarah Peterson 

Making students feel safe during the return of in-person learning is no easy task. When Bruce Randolph High School students were faced with the decision to return to in-school learning, there were many questions about safety. Sarah Peterson is a science teacher at Bruce Randolph who has a background in immunology and infectious disease. Based on her education in immunology and infectious disease, Peterson began to think about how she could help address students' and families' concerns about returning to the classroom. Peterson teaches a scientific research class where the topic changes yearly, allowing students to learn about real-world issues in the scientific world. Peterson and her students began to think about COVID-19 on the aerosol level. They realized that measuring viruses directly in the air is a complex process. However, monitoring the carbon dioxide (CO2) of a room, or building, is an indicator of ventilation and filtration levels. In theory, if the air is well filtered and ventilated well, there is less likelihood of exposure to virus particles. Using grant funds, Peterson purchased CO2 monitors for her class and measured CO2 flow in classrooms and throughout the school. Luckily, the students’ research found that their school was well-ventilated and filtered.  

Love My Air partnered with the junior class and provided 2B Technologies’ Personal Air Monitors (PAMs), which measures CO2, among other things. The students were able to contrast data from the original CO2 monitors with the Personal Air Monitors. With the PAMs, the class was able to walk around campus and collect data from different locations. The PAMs were also shared with McAuliffe International School to expand data comparison and hands-on learning.

All Love My Air participating schools can rent PAMs to pair with the curriculum. If you would like to borrow a set of PAMs for your students, please email Aubrey.Burgess@denvergov.org  

Bruce Randolph students analyze air quality data.

Love My Air To Launch Mobile Phone App This Summer!

Community feedback has been an essential part of the Love My Air program from day one. During community feedback sessions, we often heard about interest in more accessible access to local air quality. In response, we have developed the Love My Air mobile app. The app will be an easy way for Love My Air schools and communities to view real-time local air quality data during the upcoming summer months when wildfire smoke can cause health concerns.  

The app is in the beta phase–which means it will not be available on the Google Play or Apple App store just yet. If you would like to preview the Love My Air phone app and provide feedback, click the button below.  
After you register, you will receive an email with more information about downloading the app for preview and providing feedback.

Sign up to beta test the Love My Air app!

Love My Air In The News

  • "Measuring indoor air quality helps to calm nerves as in-person learning returns." Rocky Mountain PBS.
  • Denver Department of Public Health & Environment installs odor sensors at Love My Air participating schools. The Denver Post.

Love My Air Resource Share

  • Denver Public Schools have access to LMA’s free resources. Email Aubrey.Burgess@denvergov.org if you are interested in the following: 
    • STEM curricula with a focus on air quality
    • Borrowing Personal Air Monitors 
    • Borrowing solar-powered batteries for low-emissions events
    • Love My Air participation at community events
    • Inviting an air quality scientist to speak with students 
  • Stay in the Know: Visit our website, lovemyairdenver.com, or follow Denver Environmental Quality on Facebook to keep up with exciting program updates!

A Message From Our Partners 

  • Summertime ozone season began May 1st. The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) provides weekly summaries on the Ozone Season Tracking Page. 
  • Sign up here for Ozone Action Alerts, and find out what Simple Steps you can take to minimize your own ozone-causing emissions here!
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