Volunteers needed for air quality monitoring project

The City’s Environmental Services division is conducting a citywide air quality monitoring project and is looking for volunteers to help with the sampling by placing a canister at their home from Nov. 4 to 7.

To volunteer, you must:

If you are interested in helping, please contact [email protected] by Oct. 16. Be sure to include your home address with your zip code.

Study organizers will select locations to ensure sampling canisters are evenly distributed across the city. If your location is appropriate, you will receive an email notifying you that you have been selected to participate in the study. This map shows locations where volunteers are still needed.

About the study

The study is sampling air quality for volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Approximately 100 air sampling canisters will be placed throughout Minneapolis to obtain data for 77 different chemicals. 

The canisters that will be used are summa canisters, which are stainless steel electro-polished (or "summa" polished) passivated vessels that can collect a whole air sample. To collect a sample, the summa canister valve is opened and the canister is left in a designated area for a period of time to allow the surrounding air to fill the canister and obtain a representative sample. The valve is closed before the canister is sent to a laboratory for analysis.

Last updated Oct 9, 2013



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