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Community Air Screen Program

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What is the Community Air Screen program?

This community-based program works with volunteers from local communities to screen for toxic air pollutants. The goal of the Community Air Screen program is for community groups and citizens to partner with DEC to collect local-scale air samples to address some local air quality concerns.

Who Is Eligible?

Individuals as well as not-for-profits and neighborhood and community groups in New York State may apply. Priority is given to projects in or near low-income and minority communities and public locations where people are more likely to spend time outdoors. Approximately 11 - 15 applicants will be selected for this program. Consider partnering with other concerned citizens or community groups in your neighborhood to strengthen your chance of being selected.

How to Apply

The application process is very easy - four simple questions - four page limit. The application is available in the right column as a downloadable PDF. Complete the application using the writeable PDF downloaded to your computer or by printing out a paper copy. Return the application to DEC postmarked or emailed by midnight May 19, 2017.

  • Describe your local air quality concerns fully in Part 3 and Part 4 of the application.
  • Limit your answers to the four page application form.
  • All applicants will be notified by June 19, 2017 as to their acceptance.

Application return addresses:

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Community Air Screen Program
625 Broadway, 9th floor
Albany, NY 12233-3259

What Should I Know Before Applying?

  • What am I responsible for?
  • What is the time commitment?
  • How does the sampling equipment work?
  • What information do I need to record during sampling?
  • What should you consider for sampling?
DEC staff and a teacher discuss Community Air Screen sampling

About the Previous Program

The initial program was launched in April 2012 and ended in 2014 with 22 participants across the State. Contact us to obtain more information on previous participants or to view a participant report results.

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, 9th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-3259
(518) 402-8402

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