Fresh Air for Kids!

Green Venture is continuously embarking on new projects and keeping ongoing projects current.  One of the latest ones that we have just completed is no different.

From November 2012 to March 2013, we had taken air quality project that we have done a number of times (thanks to the support of Dr. Denis Corr, Rotek Environmental, and Ontario Ministry of Environment) and we re-focused it to include a youth element.

Thanks to support from the Ontario Government’s Healthy Communities Fund and Clean Air Hamilton, we partnered with the grade 5’s in Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School on Belmont Ave on an Air Health Project that we have called “Fresh Air for Kids”.

Our main focus was to create a toolkit that would allow the students to make informed decisions about air quality using tools like Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) and educating them on the importance of improving Hamilton’s air by using active transportation, like walking or cycling.

Our tool kit is impressive (if we do say so, ourselves 🙂

And we wanted to showcase the work that we did during this inspiring project.

First, to provide a great overview of the project, check out this 4 minute video, created by local videographer, Michael Canton.Click here for the video.

We created buttons and fridge magnets to be used as prompts to check air quality.  Buttons and Magnets

For a general overview, we created a newsletter for the class and the school.  Click HNOJ newsletter 2013 FINAL JL

For the full report, including results of the air sampling, click Fresh Air Kids Report 24 April 2013 V2

Special thanks to:

Special thanks to our funders:
Ontario Government / Healthy Community Fund
Clean Air Hamilton

Partners
Levitt Safety
Corr Research
Ontario Ministry of Environment

Big thanks to staff and Grade 5 students at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School.
Principal Akers
Ms. Mattachini

We also appreciate the assistance of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment,  the McMaster Centre for Spatial Analysis, Paul Kroes, John Lindsay, Martin Kruk, Justin Buonocore, Brian Thorburn, Bill Branch, Mark Smithson, Carl Slater, Bill Bardswick, Geoffrey Knapper, John Beals, Joe Lesko, Pat DeLuca and Matthew Adams for various assistance and advice in connection with instrument and vehicle preparation, transport, operation, data evaluation and student education.

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