Dirty Drop-off: Children's exposure to air pollutants at school (Webinar)

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The use of private vehicles for student drop-off can significantly increase local concentrations of air pollution at schools.

This webinar will feature a presentation by Dr Matthew Adams, followed by a Q&A.

Dr Matthew Adams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga. His research has found elevated levels of air pollution around designated pick-up zones from idling cars and also extending to nearby kindergarten and playground areas.

Dr Adam's research has been published in the Atmospheric Environment journal and was highlighted in a CTV News report: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/school-drop-off-zones-expose-kids-to-high-levels-of-pollution-study-1.3540552. As put by Josh Elliott, CTVNews Reporter: "There are a lot worse things than cooties floating around the kiss-and-ride area at most schools."

Attend this webinar to find out more about:

  • Impacts of vehicle emissions on children
  • Research methodolgy for assessing vehicle emissions and pollution concentration levels
  • How kiss'n'ride vehicle drop-off can affect air quality at schools
  • Potential mitigation measures, including school site design

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