Citizen Science

PM Pollution and COVID

by Downwinders on May 6, 2020

  The Massachusetts-based Peace Development Fund has chosen to spotlight the COVID-connected work of Downwinders at Risk and 12 other groups across the country this week in order to help raise funds for that work. As of late last night successfully met our original goal of $10,000. THANK YOU. So now we’re setting our sights […]

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COVID CONNECTIONS

by Downwinders on May 4, 2020

Downwinders At Risk was already dedicated to fighting for environmental health in North Texas before the COVID virus hit. Focusing on harmful Particulate Matter, we were already supporting grassroots efforts to reduce the air pollution burdens in predominantly Black and Brown neighborhoods. We were already building out local capacity to monitor DFW air pollution and […]

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A little after 5 pm Monday February 3rd, the Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability (OEQS) at Dallas City Hall released its draft recommendations for the city’s climate “action” plan. There are 93 “action items” including transportation, buildings, green spaces, water management, solid waste, and urban agriculture. Most are without imagination or timelines, meaning that […]

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Monitors are being assembled.   Software is being written.   Community meetings are happening.   Downwinders is helping build the region’s   first 21st-Century Air Network   ____________________________________ Real Time Air Quality Information is Coming to DFW It’s taken years of work and a lot of patience but with any luck a new citizen-friendly regional […]

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Listen to Our New Chair Get Interviewed By D Magazine

by Downwinders on November 12, 2019

Downwinders at Risk’s new Chair Evelyn Mayo gets a huge shout out in D magazine’s popular online manifestation with her very own “Earburner” podcast. D magazine reporter Matt Goodman and D Managing Editor Tim Rogers interview Evy about her new report on Southern Dallas zoning for Legal Aid, her Roller Derby years in Singapore, and […]

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After some technical and bureaucratic hitches, momentum is starting to build toward the 2020 operation of a true 21st Century DFW regional air quality monitoring network. A small army of University of Texas at Dallas graduate students are assembling over 100 solar-powered wireless air monitoring units to be dispersed throughout the metro area. A third […]

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Thanks to two industrious board members, Downwinders at Risk has partnered with Dallas Independent School Districts’ Kids University in a six-week summer program to immerse middle school students in citizen science and air quality. Our “STEAM Ahead” series features approximately fourteen young researchers using Downwinders’ inventory of portable air quality monitors to collect data along […]

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Downwinders at Risk is excited to announce that we won a $20,000 Ben & Jerry’s Foundation grant to help add high-tech, low-cost air quality sensors to our growing community air network powered by the expertise and hardware of the University of Texas at Dallas. While we applied in the past for these prestigious national grants, […]

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Better Bus Stop Design Competition Finals This Saturday May 4th 6 – 9 pm Better Block Foundation HQ 700 West Davis Look, Judge, Vote. Every year the Dallas-based non-profit Better Block Foundation sponsors a design competition that challenges teams of engineers, architects, and creators to come up with more people-friendly ways for city residents to […]

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After being rebuffed by its own city council on the idea, Dallas Staff Goes to NCTCOG to promote autocratic regional air monitoring network You may remember that way back last September members of the Dallas City Council Quality of Life Committee approved a independent regional air network as laid out in a 20 minute presentation […]

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Last time we reported on the prospects of a new regional air monitoring network the idea received a 7-0 vote from a Dallas City Council Committee on September 24th but was delayed by staff request from going to the council until December 12th. There was conjecture at the time that the delay was an excuse […]

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Every year Downwinders at Risk takes a week off and sponsors a floating conference aimed at making North Texas organizers and activists better advocates. This year’s Root and Branch Revue is again packed with star power and covers new ground. Here’s your first preview of what’s being offered. Mark you calendars now. These events are […]

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You’re Invited to Train on the Same Portable Monitors & Get Access to Our Monitor Lending Library…For FREE CITIZEN SCIENCE TRAINING SESSION SUNDAY OCTOBER 28th 1-3 pm GOODWORK CO-WORKING SPACE 1808 S. GOOD-LATIMER   Let us know you’re coming: RSVP  downwindersatrisk@gmail.com   Downwinders is proud to announce that our precedent-setting use of portable PM monitors […]

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In the middle of the wettest day in the wettest September DFW had ever recorded, the clouds parted and a dozen brave and curious souls turned out to go through the region’s first citizen science training for portable air monitoring. Some were already clean air activists. Some were technology geeks. Some were people simply interested […]

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Approximately 20 representatives from advocacy groups, non-profits, and neighborhoods gathered last Monday evening at GoodWork for the very first meeting of the “Let Joppa Breathe Alliance.” It was the first step in organizing a city wide effort to reverse over a century of racist zoning and land use planning in Dallas’ oldest Freedman’s community. Besides […]

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Rebuking its own staff’s misinformation campaign, the Dallas City Council’s seven-member Quality of Life Committee voted unanimously at its Monday morning meeting to recommend joining the North Texas Clean Air Network. But in an unusual move, staff requested and received an almost three-month delay in scheduling a full city council vote on endorsing the new […]

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