Citizens installing Clarity Node-S to measure Air Quality in their community
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Air Quality Monitoring for Communities & Environmental Justice Groups

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Exposure to polluted air can lead to short-term and long-term health issues — particularly for those living in low-income and communities of color that  are disproportionately impacted by air pollution from sources such as major highways, industrial operations, and ports with diesel truck operations.

These zones — sometimes referred to as air pollution hotspots — can benefit from implementing low-cost, high-resolution air quality monitoring networks.

  • Air pollution measurement ground-truths lived experience with air quality data
  • Empower your community by deploying a network of accurate air quality sensors
  • Support environmental justice by taking action to drive positive impact in your community

Proven success with community air monitoring

Why Sensing-as-a-Service℠ for air pollution monitoring?

No separate software purchase. No add-on warranties. No unexpected expenses.
With one upfront service, we’re giving you the affordability, flexibility, and autonomy to eliminate all of your air quality blind spots.

Hardware -

Easily deployed air monitoring devices

Self-powered Clarity Node-S air quality monitoring hardware measures PM2.5 and NO2 and serves as a platform for additional modules that measure Wind, Black Carbon, and Ozone.

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Cloud data management & visualization

Air quality measurements and air sensor network status are easily accessible in real-time via Clarity’s user-friendly Dashboard, REST API, and OpenMap.

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Dedicated Environmental Project Manager to help you with your Air Quality Management project. Learn more.

Expert air quality project support

An experienced Environmental Project Manager to help you define a project plan and guide you through Collocation and Calibration of your devices.

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Community air quality monitoring success stories

Adrian Rehn

Project Leader, Valley Vision

"Success doesn’t stop at measurement. We engaged in community-based planning with our community partners. We worked with neighbors to have intimate environmental justice listening sessions. We also had a self-guided EJ Tour where folks could walk around their neighborhood, looking at our data map, and then mark down things that they saw in the neighborhood that might be concerning. And we had a couple of fun virtual block parties, too!"

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Eddie Ahn

Executive Director, Brightline Defense

"As the administrative lead for this program, Brightline wants to make sure we can take all these data streams and analyze them to highlight important air quality issues that the community should know about. Breaking down these data streams is work that requires an understanding of how to look at AQI and the measurements coming in. Coming up the learning curve on air quality has been a challenge, but Clarity’s team helped facilitate our understanding of the air quality space as a whole. We are now checking in with the Clarity team about once a month to touch base about the network and learn how to use the Clarity Dashboard. Having all of our data available in a secure web portal is very useful, especially as we prepare data reports."

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Matt Holmes

Air Quality Consultant and former Executive Director, Groundwork Richmond

We've been able to run multiple colocation studies with regulatory-grade reference stations during this project. At the beginning of the deployment, we colocated all of the devices that would be included in the network with a reference station in Sacramento. 14 months into the project, we were also able to colocate with the air quality management district’s rooftop lab in San Pablo. These studies demonstrated a very high degree of precision for PM_._ measurements, allowing Clarity to apply advanced calibration techniques that improve data accuracy when compared with reference instruments.

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Darren Riley

Co-Founder and CEO, JustAir Solutions

“Clarity’s state-of-the-art monitors are the backbone of our Environmental Justice work in Grand Rapids. Accurate data is critical to our team and our community.”

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Eddie Ahn

Executive Director, Brightline Defense

"Air quality is a hidden issue in the sense that it's become so embedded in aspects of urban life in San Francisco. It can be a challenge for residents who have been living in the neighborhood for a long time to articulate what their air quality issues are. Some have just accepted it as a way of life.”

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Matt Holmes

Air Quality Consultant and former Executive Director, Groundwork Richmond

"We couldn’t have done it with any other air quality monitoring solution. With their unique ability to operate off-grid, Clarity’s Node-S provided the ability to site our air quality monitors in the locations that mattered most to community members in Richmond. The data are reliable, real-time, and hyperlocal, and our network is now being used as a blueprint for AB 617, a landmark regulation that empowers communities to take control of air pollution."

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The burden of air pollution on community & environmental justice groups

More than 40% of Americans — over 137 million people — are living in places with failing grades for unhealthy levels of particle pollution or ozone. According to the 2022 State of the Air report, some minorities and other disadvantaged social groups are more at risk than others:

People of Color

Are 3.6 times more likely than white people to live in a county with 3 failing grades.

People experiencing poverty

One in ten people exposed to unsafe air pollution live in extreme poverty.

Children and older adults

More than 90% of the world’s children breathe toxic air every day.

People with health conditions

Conditions like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cardiovascular disease, and pregnancy.

Node-S, Sensing-as-a-Service solution
Brightline Defense, Bay Area-based environmental justice nonprofit that empowers communities to create more sustainable environments.

Are you eligible for air quality funding?

Governments are regularly launching funding programs to offer financial support to communities. At Clarity, we can assist you in addressing these issues by providing you with real-time ambient pollutant measurements and obtaining government funding for your environmental justice initiatives.

Our partners have been awarded more than a dozen grants through various EPA funding opportunities and California Air Resources Board's AB 617. Get in touch with us to learn if you may be eligible for air quality funding opportunities.

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Why monitor air pollution — you can't manage what you can't measure

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Empower your community

by deploying a network of accurate air quality sensors

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Build support

by communicating real-time pollutant levels & educating on appropriate actions

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Protect your stakeholders

by helping them reducing exposure to extreme air pollution

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environmental justice

by taking action to drive positive impact in your community

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