Air Quality and Environmental Justice

  • People
  • Planning

Newark, New Jersey consistently ranks among the lowest in air quality and has one of the higher rates of asthma. To address this challenge, Streetwyze was a part of a first of it’s kind partnership with Iron Bound Community Partners, the Kresge foundation, and the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance, to launch an innovative program which used the Streetwyze platform to collect real-time data, location-bata data, and data visualize what’s triggering residents symptoms and inform broader local clean air strategies.  The Streetwyze mobile, mapping, and SMS platform helped community members gather, verify and pin-points reports of air quality and other environmental indicators on an interactive map based on crowd-sourced text, photo and video reports.  Residents also mapped community resources from an Asset Based Community Development perspective. Streetwyze data was able to influence cumulative causation policy in Newark locally, as well as across NJ regionally, and local community members are now working with Senator Cory Booker to pass similar policy across Environmental Justice communities nationally.

Key Findings/Stats:

  • Over XXXX reports collected by community members
  • XX% new community assets identified (ie. bi-lingual health clinics, etc) that can be used by community-members to overcome environmental exposure
  • Cumulative Causation policy passed locally, regionally, and with support from Senator Cory Booker, potentially nationally