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Science Museum Recieves Grant to Study Air Quality

The Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond has received a $250,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences. The money will fund a community-based study into Richmond’s air quality.

Over the next three years, the Science Museum will partner with volunteers to measure air quality in neighborhoods around the city.

Jeremy Hoffman, who’s the chief scientist at the museum, says the project will provide new data, and engage people on important topics.

“So many of these big environmental issues feel too large, too distant to do anything about. What our work does is it turns those global issues into backyard solutions," said Hoffman.

Hoffman says the air quality testing should begin early next year. He hopes the new data at the neighborhood level might find something that’s been missed in the regional data. And that could inform new policy conversations.

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