12 February 2021 — The New Brunswick Lung Association is distributing 15 to 20 PurpleAir PM2.5 monitors across the province and are looking for people, businesses, or organizations who are willing to install the monitor on the exterior of their building or home. They are casting a wide net, but only have a limited number of monitors, so if there’s a lot of interest, they will be choosing based on location and timing.

Would you be willing to participate in this citizen science project?

The New Brunswick Lung Association would like to install a PurpleAir PM2.5 monitor on the exterior of your facility or home to gather data on the level of PM2.5 (particulate matter in the atmosphere) in your region. Their goal is to increase the public’s understanding of the health risks of PM2.5, possible exposure sources, and the protective actions they can take to reduce exposure.

The installation of the monitor is fairly simple, requiring only an electrical outlet and a wi-fi signal. The data from the monitors will be able to be viewed by the public on the Purple Monitor website. After installation there will be little need for you to attend to the monitor. They also hope to engage your local community through social media about the data the monitor is capturing.

Specific regions they are hoping to have a monitor include:

  • Sussex region
  • Edmundston area
  • Miramichi region
  • Central NB (Doaktown/Blackville area)
  • Near the Maine/NB border
  • Saint John/Grand Bay/Quispamsis

Please contact Alyse Wilton at NB Lung for more information or to request a monitor: alyse.wilton@nb.lung.ca

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