The Air Quality Project began out of concerns about how the expansion of the Centerm Container Terminal (and the resulting increase in truck, train and ship traffic) would impact our local air quality.

In 2020, the SRA received a grant from the Centerm Community Fund to explore establishing a community-led air quality monitoring project.

To contact the Air Quality Working Group, e-mail:



March 3, 2022

The Air Quality monitors have arrived and the process of finding hosts will begin within the next month. We’re preparing info sheets which we will send out once they’re ready. In the meantime, we’re still looking for residents to host monitors as part of both this and a concurrent UBC study. Click here for details.  We’ll…

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UBC Grad Student Air Monitoring Study

February 14, 2022

UBC Strathcona and Downtown Eastside Air Quality Monitoring Project A group of UBC grad students will be running an air quality study in parallel with the SRA/Port study. They are currently seeking residential homes to host monitors between February and August of this year. Below is info about their study and the specific monitor they…

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AQ Monitor Locations and Specs

September 29, 2021

The AQ Steering Committee, which includes representatives from the SRA, the Port’s Environmental Team, Metro Vancouver, UBC and VCH, have selected 13 preliminary locations for AQ monitors. Here’s a map. The hope is to place monitors in all of these locations, but that will be influenced by budget and the ability to find organizations, businesses…

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AQ Monitor Locations

June 24, 2021

Below are tentative locations for air quality monitors, based on results from our survey and input from the steering committee. Factors used to determine locations were: – measuring air quality in areas of highest concern (high level of outdoor activity, concentration of vulnerable receptors: kids, seniors, cyclists, exercisers) – variations in air quality though-out the…

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SRA Air Quality Report

June 15, 2021

The SRA has released its report based on the survey we circulated earlier this year. 181 people responded to questions about air quality concerns in our area. The report also includes case studies of how Community-led Air Quality Monitoring Projects worked in other cities. Here’s a link to the report. Here’s a link to Case…

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New global air pollution and health impact study the most comprehensive ever

June 15, 2021

An international research team led by the University of British Columbia’s Dr. Michael Brauer and Washington University in St. Louis’ Dr. Randall Martin has published the most detailed analysis ever conducted on global air pollution sources and their health impacts. They have estimated the contribution of major sources of air pollution for 204 countries and territories, making…

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Community Air Quality Monitoring Project Update. 5/27/21

June 1, 2021

The Steering Committee for the Port’s Air Quality Monitoring project met on May 27 to discuss what type of air monitoring equipment to purchase.  The hope is to be able to begin actively engaging residents this fall in locating, monitoring, collecting data, and reporting results. To get an idea what that might look like, here’s…

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Community AQ Case Studies

May 28, 2021

West Oakland Community Action Plan (West Oakland, California) Initiative: Owning Our Air – The West Oakland Community Action Plan (West Oakland, California) Organization(s): Bay Area Air Quality Management District; West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project Reference(s): West Oakland Community Action Plan document, “Volume 1: The Plan” (2019): Key Words: long-term planning, strong partnerships, stationary sensors,…

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February 25, 2021

Nov 2020 Our Community-Driven Air Quality Monitoring project officially kicked off Nov. 12 when members of our AQ Working Group met with air quality experts from Metro Vancouver, UBC, Vancouver Coastal Health and the Port’s environmental team to start the discussion about what the project might look like. Can we establish a baseline to measure…

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Community-led AQ Monitoring Project (Phase 1)

October 31, 2020

Strathcona Community-led AQ Monitoring Project (Phase 1) In April 2020, the SRA received a grant from the Centerm Community Fund to cover the engagement and planning phase for a Community-led Air Quality Monitoring Project. The goals of phase 1 are outlined below. In November 2020, the SRA’s Air Quality Working Group began meeting with a…

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