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Summer/Fall 2020
Love My Air Team Updates   
Summer is coming to a close, and we are preparing for a new kind of academic school year. During the early days of the COVID-19 shutdown, it became clear that the Love My Air Denver program would need to shift it’s strategy while continuing to expand the program. Since then, we have been hard at work to develop a remote air quality curriculum. We have also installed air quality dashboards in several participating Denver Public Schools. And we are finalizing a replication tool-kit for any entities that wish to bring the Love My Air model to their communities!     

As part of Denver’s Department of Public Health and Environment, the Love My Air Denver team is assisting in the Department Operations Center on COVID-19 response. Since March, our team members have worked on long-term emergency response planning, protective equipment distribution, data analysis, and community assistance through the public health call center. For more information about the City’s response to the pandemic, including public health orders, testing, and more, visit Denvergov.org.     

While the team anticipates assisting in the City’s COVID-19 response in some capacity through the end of the year, we have developed new and exciting opportunities for this new, physically distanced, virtual school year. Please read about our latest opportunities below!    

Developing A Remote Air Quality Curriculum    
As soon as it became clear that remote learning would be around for a while, we began to develop a remote AirActions curriculum. We have partnered with TD Environmental to create a meaningful, remote air quality curriculum for 6th-12th grade students. These remote air quality educational tools continue to use real-world data sets and are in-line with Next-Gen Science Standards. The air quality curriculum was developed by educators and air quality specialists to create engaging, thought-provoking content. Read below for an interview with one of our curriculum developers! 

Spotlight On Lee Boyes    

This quarter our Spot Light is on Lee Boyes, an award-winning high school science teacher! Lee has been teaching for forty years. Before becoming a teacher, Lee worked as a scientist, which gives her a unique perspective as a teacher and curriculum developer. Lee’s background working for industry and being an educator has made her especially adept at creating science curriculum that incorporates what teachers have in their classrooms, what kind of curriculum is helpful for teachers, and prepares students for life beyond the classroom. Creating a remote air quality curriculum has not been a walk in the park. Lee and her colleagues have been busy creating video labs that can be easily followed and replicated by students learning at home, or in socially distant classrooms. One of the most challenging aspects of creating this curriculum has been how to create “hands-on” learning experiences. Lee is looking forward to rolling out the remote air quality curriculum to see how students and educators incorporate this remote curriculum into their academic year.

Replication Tool Kit Sneak Peek!  
While air pollution impacts become more of a concern, we can begin to combat those impacts through expanded air quality monitoring and air quality education. Love My Air is finalizing a replication tool kit to provide a guide for other school districts or communities to replicate the program. Here is a sneak peek of the infographic! If you would like more information about the replication tool kit, please contact Aubrey Burgess at Aubrey.Burgess@denvergov.org 
This infographic demonstrates the key focus points of our program. If you would like access to a digital copy please email Aubrey.Burgess@denvergov.org 
Love My Air Denver Is Recruiting!  
Want to join the dozens of other Denver schools committed to reducing air pollution and improving the well being of their students? Love My Air Denver aims to service Denver Public Schools (DPS) who demonstrate high needs based on asthma rates and various economic indicators. We’re recruiting 10 NEW DPS schools to join us for the 2020-2021 school year! Participating schools will receive an air quality sensor and dashboard, a remote air quality curriculum, and other resources to reduce students’ exposure to poor air quality. For more information, contact our Community Engagement Coordinator Aubrey Burgess at Aubrey.Burgess@denvergov.org

Possible Links Between Air Quality and COVID-19  

Our understanding of the new coronavirus and it's linked to air pollution has grown. Recent research suggests a positive correlation between air pollution and COVID-19 morbidity and mortality. A study from The Netherlands expands the body of knowledge regarding the correlations between air pollution and COVID-19. The Netherlands study found that "that a one μ/m3 increase in PM2.5 concentrations is associated with 9.4 more COVID-19 cases, 3.0 more hospital admissions, and 2.3 more deaths." This research comes after a nationwide study from the T.C. Chan Harvard School of Public Health that found that individuals who live in more polluted areas are more likely to die from the disease than those who live in less populated areas. Similar studies have also been conducted in Northern Italy. As more research is published, one thing remains clear, better air quality = healthier communities. Love My Air continues its commitment to help Denver live better, longer, by expanding air quality monitoring and air quality education.   

Love My Air Resource Share 
Ozone Season is here! To stay informed check out some of these Air Quality Resources. 
  • In the market for a new lawnmower? Check out this program co-sponsored by the RAQC and the HomeDepot that provides credit to trade in your gas-powered lawn mower. Mow Down Pollution 

Stay in the Know: Visit our website, lovemyairdenver.com, or follow Denver Environmental Quality on Facebook to keep up with exciting program updates! 

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