Breathe Easy Millvale: Community Air Quality Planning, Uniting Placemaking and Performance
Monday, September 20, 2021
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Delivery Format: On Demand
CE: 1.0 GBCI CE WELL Specific; 1.0 AIA LU|HSW
Session Description: Sustainable community planning, such as Ecodistricts, can include ambitious goals, such as net zero energy and on-site water filtration. While these goals are difficult to achieve, the concept of energy or water movement is tangible. A watershed may extend past the political boundaries of a community, but is still knowable. This session presents an equally challenging but less knowable concern for sustainable communities – air quality. We will introduce the Millvale Ecodistrict, an award-winning community-driven initiative, and share how they leveraged a deep-dive air quality study to educate the community, improve conditions, and contribute to the community’s overall goals. We will explain how our approach of engaging citizens in the monitoring and air quality planning process helps to build community expertise, raise awareness, and inspire action. We will share the process and the outcomes of this planning initiative, including recommendations that unite placemaking and performance. This case study will show how citizen science and community engagement were used to build community capacity; how a bottom-up approach was used to address a regional problem; and will engage attendees in hands-on activities (if presenting in person) such as an air quality game. At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees will engage in a conversation regarding citizen science and engagement, and how these methods of investigation and design affect the future of planning and research. These conversations will take the concept of indoor environmental quality one step further and expand it to the community-scale. Through the story of Millvale, the presentation will demonstrate the benefits of coupling placemaking, performance and civic engagement for successful Ecodistricts and community planning.
Use citizen science as a method for engaging clients and communities.
Design projects that consider indoor air quality, but also expand this thinking to the community-scale.
Use creative engagement strategies to build community expertise and inspire action around complex problems.
Develop a methodology that addresses regional problems at a local scale, including the building-scale.