Project Title: West Oakland Diesel Particulate Assessment, Intervention, Evaluation, and Outreach Project
Project Location: Oakland, California
Applicant Information: Pacific Institute Collaborative on Healthy Air
Type of applicant: Non-Profit applying w/Government Agency
Total Grant: $25,000.00
Brief Summary: The Collaborative on Healthy Air was developed to improve indoor air quality in the homes of older adults in West Oakland affected by diesel pollution. The project will use an existing information system to identify residences at high risk for exposure to diesel exhaust. The group will then recruit older adults in West Oakland to participate in the study. Particulate matter in indoor air in 10-20 West Oakland homes will be measured. The residents will be provided with a HEPA filter and other potential interventions and air sampling will be conducted after these interventions.
Environmental outcomes: The project will improve the indoor environments and health status of older adult residents in West Oakland, CA. The project also will improve the outdoor environment and health of all residents living in West Oakland who are exposed to diesel exhaust and toxic air pollutants. An evaluation will be conducted on options to improve indoor and outdoor air quality through development of green barriers using in-home filtration.
Project Title: Protecting San Francisco's Seniors from Environmental Health Hazards
Project Location: San Francisco, California
Applicant Information: Department of the Environment City &County of San Francisco
Type of applicant: Government Agency
Total Grant: $25,000.00
Brief Summary: The Department of the Environment for the City and County of San Francisco (SF Environment) is requesting $25,000 from the EPA's Aging Initiative to reduce seniors' exposure to environmental hazards, increase senior participation in free and low cost toxic reduction programs currently being offered by the City and to work with seniors and senior networks to conduct outreach and education efforts to seniors by seniors.
Environmental outcomes: The project will reach a significant number of the 75,000 households. Participating seniors will have a reduced risk of toxic exposure. A mercury exchange program will be conducted for SF seniors. SFE will investigate opportunities for safe disposal of pharmaceuticals including pharmacy take- back and other retail and producer involvement and responsibilities. SFE will distribute outreach materials on unwanted or expired drugs.