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Fall 2018
Oct 24, 2021
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STIA 450 - CLab:Env Act with Data
 This course will explore how civil societies have successfully addressed local environmental
problems with a specific focus on air quality (AQ). Air pollution is responsible for 1 out of every 8 deaths in the world (WHO 2014) and therefore poses a major public health and human rights issues to the world. While more than 80% of the world’s urban population lives where air pollution levels exceed WHO guidelines, places from London to Bangkok to Santiago have effectively improved air quality through sustained local engagement of multiple sectors, such as policy, science, technology, business, legal, journalism, activism, and art.

Students will: (a) examine case studies of communities around the world that have successfully
and/or are currently fighting local air pollution, interact with diverse practitioners, (b) share
their first-hand experiences, and (c) play the role of practitioner, themselves, by analyzing open
air quality data sets from cities around the world. The course will dive into air pollution science,
US-based and international air pollution policies and public messaging, air quality monitoring,
open data & open-source technologies, and the interplay among local and global sectors in
converting information and knowledge into collective action to improve the environment and
public health.

Learning take places through lectures, class activities, real-world data analysis, and guest speakers representing diverse stakeholders. Students will complete Individual projects analyzing open air quality data from a local air quality monitor or the OpenAQ dataset. Class focus on AQ in one region and (virtual) interactions with that community from the beginning of the course to the end. Over the course of the class, students will identify community needs and design small group projects addressing some piece of these community-identified needs. Potential focus regions may include: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Nairobi, Kenya, and Delhi, India.

Instructor: Dr. Christa Hasenkopf.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Science, Tech, & Int'l Affairs Department

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