Richmond Youth Air Quality Initiative

Richmond Youth Air Quality Initiative Group Photo

(Photo Credit: James Nolan)

In partnership with RYSE, a youth- justice center  in Richmond, CA, CERCH is conducting air quality research in Richmond, a community with high socio-economic vulnerabilities that is also greatly impacted by pollution from industrial facilities.  CERCH has been collaborating with 5 youth researchers, leading them in developing environmental health literacy, professional skills, and college preparedness. Through trainings, youth researchers gained the  skills to conduct research and interpret their findings.


Research was conducted using Ogawa passive air samplers, monitoring for NO2 and SO2 over a three week period during winter and point in time noise pollution measurements. Youth researchers are currently engaged in developing a photovoice project to communicate community assets and challenges as well as in data analysis. They will soon transition into creating a dissemination strategy and plan to communicate findings with the community and government officials. The program is funded by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).


Ogawa Passive Air Sampler Deployed in Richmond, CA
(Photo Credit: Yahna Williamson)

Study at a Glance

  • Study Objectives: Enhance environmental health literacy of youth from impacted communities and develop youth researcher leaders concerned about environmental justice, characterize the potential for population-level disparities in human exposure to poor air quality, and foster community involvement.
  • Geographic Area: North Richmond and Atchison Village, California
  • Study Tools: Ogawa Passive Samplers, community mapping, noise pollution monitoring, PhotoVoice
  • Community Partners: RYSE Youth Center, 5 Youth Researchers
  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Kim Harley
  • CERCH Researchers: James Nolan, Dr. Eric Coker
  • Funder: Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD)
  • Contact: James Nolan,