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The photo I’m holding is of high school students I work with who are taking air samples near their school in Newark, NJ. Our goal is to measure levels of air pollutants and then present those findings to community stakeholders, including nongovernmental organizations and elected officials. The more that community members are involved, the less that those in power can ignore what’s going on in our neighborhoods.

Clean Air Ambassador | Princeton, New Jersey

Theodore Carrington

I am currently working with students at Central High School in Newark, New Jersey. The students take air samples in community locations near the school and analyze particulate matter and black carbon. The students then take the findings and make presentations to local government officials and community organizations like the NAACP. We have conducted other student air monitoring projects with students from north, central and south Jersey, where the students met and compared information.

The New Jersey Environmental Alliance will conduct community forums for communities of color and low income communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. By late spring / early summer, all projects are designed to raise the level of awareness of the environment.

I work with students at Central High School in Newark, New Jersey. The students take air samples in community locations near the school and analyze particulate matter and black carbon.

50 States United For Healthy Air

Clean air should be a fundamental right. Air pollution causes asthma attacks, lung disease, and even death. But our bodies don't have to be the dumping ground for dirty industries.

The technology to dramatically reduce harmful air pollution is available today, and major polluters should be required to use it.

Clean Air Ambassadors from every state are sending a powerful message: Everyone has a right to breathe clean, healthy air.

It’s time Congress and the EPA used their ears to help our lungs.