CLEAN INDOOR AIR SHOULD BE AS UBIQUITOUS AS
The main objective of the Safer Air Project is to give highly impacted community members agency in monitoring and improving their indoor air quality by deploying our proven model of organizing, resourcing, training, and high touch community engagement.
What does clean indoor air have to do with COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an airborne disease - fine droplets called aerosols are breathed in and out by people and can linger in the air. Viruses can’t fly, they need something to cling to in order to enter our air passages.
The cleaner the indoor air through proper ventilation and filtration, the lower the transmission of COVID-19!
Plus, there are many other major health benefits of clean air such as improved cognition, reduced asthma and respiratory symptoms, improved sleep, fewer missed school days and ER visits and more.
In San Francisco, the same Black and brown communities that are the most impacted by environmental pollution due to structural racism and inequity have the highest rates of asthma and other chronic health issues, and sadly but not surprisingly, the highest COVID-19 cumulative case rates.
By providing the tools, training, and engagement community members need to succeed in monitoring and leveraging their indoor air quality (IAQ) knowledge, our environmental and social justice program will reduce COVID-19 transmission and make a tremendous ongoing positive impact on the health of families.
Our project supports and implements recent White House and Environmental Protection Agency Indoor Air Quality strategic goals by prioritizing engagement with low-income and marginalized communities that for decades have been overburdened with air pollution and other environmental hazards.
WE ARE SEEKING FUNDING TO:
To monitor air quality in real time (CO2 and PM2.5) in partner organization communal spaces and family residences.
Train our staff and partner staff in indoor air quality monitoring and improvement.
Canvass and organize around clean indoor air in most affected areas in San Francisco.