Clean Air Sudbury has existed since 1999. We have been involved in various community education initiatives, ranging from workshops in schools to developing Air Quality Trends reports for Greater Sudbury. Please feel free to explore our past work!
2009 - 2011
Although monitoring stations in Greater Sudbury provide useful information about general air quality, there is currently little or no information on air pollutant concentrations at street level and in high traffic areas of the city.
Clean Air Sudbury participated in a street-level air quality study initiated by the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario in 2009-2010. The study involves measuring ground-level ozone and respirable particulate matter (PM2.5), two major components of smog, near major roadways and in public areas in a number of Ontario communities. Short-term sampling at five major intersections in Greater Sudbury during the summer of 2009 indicated that:
· PM2.5 concentrations were, at times, substantially higher than those measured at the regional air quality index monitoring station on Ramsey Lake Road;
· ozone concentrations were similar to concentrations at the regional monitoring station; and
· at all times, the Ministry of Environment criterion for ground level ozone and the Environment Canada reference level for PM2.5 were not exceeded.
The results of this study represent only a “snapshot” in time and are very weather dependent. However, they suggest that air quality determined from PM2.5 measurements near major roadways, at times, may be poorer than indicated by regional monitoring stations.
Clean Air Sudbury participated in a second round of sampling in the summer of 2010 to obtain more information about air quality during peak traffic times at three major intersections. Please click here to read the report.
2009 - 2010
The Fuel Efficient Driving program was delivered to businesses, organizations and the public to educate them on greening corporate fleets and fuel efficient driving. Over 400 people participated in the Greater Sudbury Fuel Efficient Driving Program from May 2009 to March 2010. Here are some of the impressive results:
· Most participants reduced their fuel usage and associated emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases by 5 to 10%.
· The average knowledge gain of participants was 19%.
· Participants saved a total of 7,700 L of gasoline, 18 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and 1 tonne of air pollutant emissions.
· 93% of participants continued to implement fuel efficient driving strategies one to three months following the workshop or presentation they attended.
· Participants indicated that they would consider fuel efficiency as a key criteria in the selection of their next vehicle.
This educational initiative was sponsored by an ecoEnergy for Personal Vehicles grant.