HOUSTON – Air Alliance Houston is taking action to address environmental concerns in a southwest Houston community and raise awareness of air pollution issues.
On Saturday morning, executives joined several organizations for a bike ride to test air quality in Gulfton.
Air Alliance Houston’s goal is simple: Everyone has the right to breathe clean air.
“Good air quality is important because it directly affects health,” said Alejandra Jaramillo.
Alejandra Jaramillo is an ambassador for the organization. She and several others rode their bikes into areas to test air quality.
They stopped at the Argos Southern Star Concrete Plant on Renwick Drive and passed several mechanic’s shops on Edgemoor Drive, where pollution levels are high.
Some bikers had small devices that collect data and detect what was in the air.
“From the Flow 2 air monitor, we will collect nitrogen dioxide particles,” Jaramillo said. “It also absorbs volatile organic compounds and special substances.”
The group also visited the Westward Square apartment complex and Baker Ripley Gulfton facility, which was already fitted with monitors.
Bikers say it’s important to raise awareness about air pollution issues.
“Air quality is a quality of life issue. It’s really important to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure a fair and just future for our city and all of our communities,” said Priya Zachariah.
William Lyons works in the Fifth Ward and says they took air samples a year ago. He wanted to support the Gulfton community.
“The air quality that we know affects Fifth Ward because we know people are reporting allergies and lung conditions and they’re worried about their eyes and things like that and we know there are a lot of irritants in the air,” said Lyons.
Data from the Saturday event will be collected, analyzed and shared with community partners, Gulfton leaders and residents by Air Alliance Houston.
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