Plant A Sensor: Part of the World Green Building Council’s Air Quality in the Built Environment campaign

Plant a Sensor is a global air quality campaign led by the World Green Building Council, in collaboration with RESET and our partners at the Wilson Centre and the Earth Day Network. The campaign champions the worldwide roll-out of air quality monitoring devices in and outside of buildings.

We are delighted to work in partnership with the Earth Day Network as proud contributors to the Earth Challenge 2020. In celebration of the upcoming fifty-year anniversary of Earth Day, the Earth Day Network are collaborating with partners, including the Woodrow Wilson Institute and US Department of State, to launch Earth Challenge 2020 – a citizen science campaign aimed at data-gathering across six environmental themes. Air quality is one of the focal areas identified, with the long-term target of increasing access to data required for researchers and policy makers to be equipped with accurate information about the state of our environment, and within that, the quality of our air. Earth Challenge 2020 is aiming for one billion interoperable data points to be installed to collate global coverage of these environmental elements. All data collected through Plant a Sensor will be made publicly available to Earth Challenge 2020 via RESET Earth platform. 

Kathleen Rogers, CEO, Earth Day Network said:

“2020 is a crucial year for a range of pressing environmental issues including the existential threat posed by climate change. Everyone everywhere needs to up their game if we are to solve the challenges and unleash the opportunities. EC2020 is about mobilising the public with purpose to collect quality data that will lead to scaled-up action and foster decisive and defining solutions including on air pollution. We are delighted to have joined forces with WorldGBC to boost our collective success in our 50th anniversary year”.

Plant a Sensor objectives

Plant a Sensor will advance the work of the World Green Building Council’s Air Quality in the Built Environment campaign as part of Better Places for People global project. This project is operating in around 30 countries worldwide and is dedicated to improving human health as part of a sustainable built environment.

Cristina Gamboa, CEO World Green Building Council said: 

“We’re excited to launch the Plant a Sensor campaign alongside our global network of members and partners. We know that the consolidated data collected by this campaign will facilitate a global boost in awareness about the extent and severity of the air pollution crisis and the role that the built environment must play to improve our health and quality of life. We also expect to trigger an urgent and appropriate response from citizens, the private sector and policy makers and accelerate action to eliminate the pollution that is causing climate change and impacting the health of millions of people.”

With the building sector responsible for 39% of energy-related carbon emissions, and a host of other pollutant sources contributing to ambient pollution (including heating and cooling, transport and manufacturing as well as localised emissions from construction) it is clear that a sustainable built environment is vital in mitigating the global air pollution crisis. Air pollution is a substantial contributor to global climate change, and the largest environmental threat to human health today. Furthermore, internal air pollutants from poor quality building fabric, unhealthy materials or unsuitable ventilation pose further risks to human health beyond those circulating in our outdoor air. 

The data collection consolidated by WorldGBC, RESET and Earth Challenge 2020 will facilitate a global boost in awareness about the extent of the air pollution crisis. We hope this knowledge will empower action, and trigger necessary responses from citizens, the private sector and policy makers.

WorldGBC will support this campaign by engaging our network and audience in the global roll-out of air quality monitors, and also utilise the generated data to further our research and advocacy objectives on a global and regional level, also empowering GBCs on a national level. 

How to get involved

We are aiming for global coverage - all regions of the earth, and both within and outside of buildings. 

We are looking to recruit both supporters and participants – namely any enthusiastic environmentalist individual equipped with a sensor, installing one or more monitors.

If you are interested in getting involved as a participant of the campaign, please see the Participant Manual where you can find detailed information about how to deploy air quality monitors, follow best practice monitoring standards and where to submit the data to contribute to the campaign. 

If you are interested in getting involved as a supporter or partner of the campaign, please contact WorldGBC directly to explore opportunities. 

With thanks to our supporters and partners

 

Global Project Partners

Saint Gobain                  

 

 

Gold supporters

         

 

Silver supporters

For more information, please contact:

Catriona Brady, Head of Better Places for People at cbrady@worldgbc.org

To sign up to the mailing list to be notified when more information is available, please enter your details below: 

Plant a Sensor is a global air quality campaign led by the World Green Building Council, in collaboration with RESET and our partners at the Wilson Centre and the Earth Day Network. The campaign champions the worldwide roll-out of air quality monitoring devices in and outside of buildings.

We are delighted to work in partnership with the Earth Day Network as proud contributors to the Earth Challenge 2020. In celebration of the upcoming fifty-year anniversary of Earth Day, the Earth Day Network are collaborating with partners, including the Woodrow Wilson Institute and US Department of State, to launch Earth Challenge 2020 – a citizen science campaign aimed at data-gathering across six environmental themes. Air quality is one of the focal areas identified, with the long-term target of increasing access to data required for researchers and policy makers to be equipped with accurate information about the state of our environment, and within that, the quality of our air. Earth Challenge 2020 is aiming for one billion interoperable data points to be installed to collate global coverage of these environmental elements. All data collected through Plant a Sensor will be made publicly available to Earth Challenge 2020 via RESET Earth platform. 

Kathleen Rogers, CEO, Earth Day Network said:

“2020 is a crucial year for a range of pressing environmental issues including the existential threat posed by climate change. Everyone everywhere needs to up their game if we are to solve the challenges and unleash the opportunities. EC2020 is about mobilising the public with purpose to collect quality data that will lead to scaled-up action and foster decisive and defining solutions including on air pollution. We are delighted to have joined forces with WorldGBC to boost our collective success in our 50th anniversary year”.

Plant a Sensor objectives

Plant a Sensor will advance the work of the World Green Building Council’s Air Quality in the Built Environment campaign as part of Better Places for People global project. This project is operating in around 30 countries worldwide and is dedicated to improving human health as part of a sustainable built environment.

Cristina Gamboa, CEO World Green Building Council said: 

“We’re excited to launch the Plant a Sensor campaign alongside our global network of members and partners. We know that the consolidated data collected by this campaign will facilitate a global boost in awareness about the extent and severity of the air pollution crisis and the role that the built environment must play to improve our health and quality of life. We also expect to trigger an urgent and appropriate response from citizens, the private sector and policy makers and accelerate action to eliminate the pollution that is causing climate change and impacting the health of millions of people.”

With the building sector responsible for 39% of energy-related carbon emissions, and a host of other pollutant sources contributing to ambient pollution (including heating and cooling, transport and manufacturing as well as localised emissions from construction) it is clear that a sustainable built environment is vital in mitigating the global air pollution crisis. Air pollution is a substantial contributor to global climate change, and the largest environmental threat to human health today. Furthermore, internal air pollutants from poor quality building fabric, unhealthy materials or unsuitable ventilation pose further risks to human health beyond those circulating in our outdoor air. 

The data collection consolidated by WorldGBC, RESET and Earth Challenge 2020 will facilitate a global boost in awareness about the extent of the air pollution crisis. We hope this knowledge will empower action, and trigger necessary responses from citizens, the private sector and policy makers.

WorldGBC will support this campaign by engaging our network and audience in the global roll-out of air quality monitors, and also utilise the generated data to further our research and advocacy objectives on a global and regional level, also empowering GBCs on a national level. 

How to get involved

We are aiming for global coverage - all regions of the earth, and both within and outside of buildings. 

We are looking to recruit both supporters and participants – namely any enthusiastic environmentalist individual equipped with a sensor, installing one or more monitors.

If you are interested in getting involved as a participant of the campaign, please see the Participant Manual where you can find detailed information about how to deploy air quality monitors, follow best practice monitoring standards and where to submit the data to contribute to the campaign. 

If you are interested in getting involved as a supporter or partner of the campaign, please contact WorldGBC directly to explore opportunities. 


With thanks to our supporters and partners

 

Global Project Partners


Saint Gobain                  

 

 

Gold supporters

         

 

Silver supporters

For more information, please contact:

Catriona Brady, Head of Better Places for People at cbrady@worldgbc.org

To sign up to the mailing list to be notified when more information is available, please enter your details below: 

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