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Lambeth Schools Air Quality Project

Goal: GCARE team is working with Global Action Plan and the engineering company, Arup, to improve the air quality for children and teachers at five London schools in the Lambeth area. The project will build an understanding of the unique factors affecting air pollution in and around the Lambeth schools and will design and implement tailored solutions to meet those challenges.

Funder: GSST Charity
Partners:
- GCARE, University of Surrey
+ Professor Prashant Kumar (Surrey PI; GCARE, University of Surrey)
+ Dr K.V. Abhijith (Post-doctoral Researcher)
+ Dr Vina Kukadia
- Global Action Plan (GAP)
- Arup

Duration: 14 October 2020-14 October 2021

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Prashant Kumar
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In UK urban areas, due to ease of accessibility and convenience, many schools are located close to main busy roads. This often results in pollution hotspots around schools due to on-road vehicular pollutant emissions, especially during drop-off and pick-up times of students to and from schools. As well as being exposed to air pollutants in the school grounds, students are also exposed indoors. Thus, the need for scientific investigations focusing on mitigation of air pollution exposure indoors and outdoors for schools has significantly increased. The main objectives of the present study were therefore to: 1) obtain a clearer understanding of the extent of the air pollution problem inside and around schools and the factors that affect it; and 2) determine how it may be mitigated effectively using a range of interventions. These were achieved by carrying out monitoring of air pollution and associated parameters in and around three primary schools in London, UK. The study investigated the exposure reduction potential of various interventions, such as green screens, air purifiers, and school streets. A good understanding was obtained of the improvement in air quality that was achieved by the interventions both inside and outside the classrooms in the three schools. A green screen along the fences of the school reduced PM concentration by up to 44% in the playground. Installing air purifiers in a classroom resulted in lowering in PM concentration of about 57%. The school street initiative decreased PM concentration by about 36% in front of the school during pick up time. From the overall findings, practical recommendations have been included, as far as has been possible, that will enable formal guidance to be produced to help improve air quality in and around UK schools.
Prashant Kumar
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The University of Surrey to help London schools tackle air pollution: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/news/university-surrey-help-london-schools-tackle-air-pollution
 
Prashant Kumar
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GCARE team is working with Global Action Plan and the engineering company, Arup, to improve the air quality for children and teachers at five London schools in the Lambeth area. The project will build an understanding of the unique factors affecting air pollution in and around the Lambeth schools and will design and implement tailored solutions to meet those challenges.
Funder: GSST Charity
Partners:
- GCARE, University of Surrey
+ Professor Prashant Kumar (Surrey PI; GCARE, University of Surrey)
+ Dr K.V. Abhijith (Post-doctoral Researcher)
+ Dr Vina Kukadia
- Global Action Plan (GAP)
- Arup
Duration: 14 October 2020-14 October 2021