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Sunday, 22 May 2011 22:18

"Test the Air Quality" workshop with Environment Hamilton, May 30 5:30pm

Written by  Rob Porter
Presented as part of The Hamilton Centre for Teaching Peace's new Edu-macation Mondays!

Building off the success of the white flag initiative, the Good Neighbour Campaign has been working to continue to provide Hamiltonians with the tools and skills needed to monitor air quality within their neighbourhoods. Recognizing that our next method needed to be simple, easy to interpret, precise, robust, and affordable, we decided to utilize the methodology of George Sorger, a McMaster professor who has studied the relationship of tree lichen to air quality (specifically S02 and N02, good indicators of airborne pollution).

 

 

The relationship Sorger found was that areas with high levels of SO2 and NO2 had low to non-existent levels of tree lichen, whereas areas with low levels of SO2 and NO2 had higher levels of lichen and an overall better air quality. Thus, by simply monitoring tree lichen species (two to be exact) we will be able to get a good indication of the air quality in various parts of the city.

Interesting in getting involved but have no idea what lichen is or how to identify it? Not a problem! We plan to provide free and fun training to anyone interested in getting involved and who want to learn the skills. Please note: high school students are also encouraged to come out as we are able to sign off on volunteer hours.

Please join us for our next session as part of the Hamilton Centre for Teaching Peace's Edu-macation Mondays at the Sky Dragon centre!

Last modified on Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:23
Rob Porter

Rob Porter

Rob joined Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace in 2002, after attending the first Annual Conference on Peace Education in Canada when he started his second university undergraduate degree.

Originally from a farm near Walkerton, Ontario, Rob resides in Hamilton, Ontario where he attended McMaster University for music, theatre & film studies, and peace studies.

Rob has assisted with the Annual Conferences on Peace Education in Canada over the years, first as a volunteer student and later as the facilitator and coordinator. He is now the director of the first community Peace Café, Hamilton Centre for Teaching Peace.

Rob also is a professional web programmer and designer, having designed and programmed dozens of sites since 1997. More recently he has incorporated a business partnership called CartaNova.

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