Department of Environmental Conservation

D E C banner

Community Air Screen Program

Little girl holding onto a tree

What is the Community Air Screen program?

This community-based program worked with volunteers from local communities to screen for toxic air pollutants in order to begin to address some local air quality concerns. The goal of the Community Air Screen program was for community groups and citizens to partner with DEC to collect local-scale air samples. The initial program was launched in April 2012 and ended in 2014.

What's New?

DEC renews the Community Air Screen in 2017! Contact us if you would like to be on our mailing list for information about the renewal.

DEC staff and a teacher discuss Community Air Screen sampling

About the Previous Program

The initial Community Air Screen Program had 22 participants across the State. The table below lists the participants. Contact us to obtain a copy of the report detailing the results for previous participants.

Community Air Screen Program Participants
County Organization or Individual
Albany Clean Air Neighborhoods
Dutchess Marta Knapp - Poughkeepsie
Erie Commodore Perry Tenant Council
Franklin & St. Lawrence Akwesasne Task Force on the Environment
Kings The Harmony Park Health Initiative
Prospect Park Quiet Skies & SAVE Bed Stuyvesant Community Organization
Niagara Highland Community Revitalization Committee
Onondaga Partnership of Council of Park Friends for Clark Reservation
and Jamesville Positive Action Committee (JamPAC)
Doreen Miori-Merola
Ontario & Seneca Partnership of Finger Lakes Zero Waste Coalition, Inc and
Concerned Citizens of Seneca County
Queens Eastern Queens Alliance
Jackson Heights Beautification Group
Locust Grove Civic Association
United Community Civic Association
Suffolk County Brookhaven Village Association & South Yaphank Civic Association
Medford Taxpayers & Civic Association
Joseph Dispigno - West Babylon
Partnership of Kings Park Civic Association, San Remo Civic Association,
and Commack Community Association
Ulster City of Kingston Parks and Recreation
Warren Heather Shoudy Brechko and Jason Brechko - Glens Falls

Letters were sent notifying all applicants whether their application was selected or not. An instruction brochure (PDF) (245 KB) and field log (PDF) (108 KB) are available for download.

Watch a clip about how to take a good air sample. Check out other clips on DEC's YouTube Channel.
Students take an air sample along a bike path

Contact Information

Ms. Randi Walker - Program Manager
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
(518) 402-8402

More about Community Air Screen Program: