Community Partner

Neighbors for Clean Air

First Advisor

Linda George

Date of Award

12-2020

Document Type

Project

Degree Name

Master of Environmental Management (MEM)

Department

Environmental Science and Management

Language

English

Subjects

Soot -- Oregon, Diesel motor exhaust gas -- Oregon, Construction projects -- Environmental aspects -- Oregon -- Portland, Air -- Pollution -- Oregon -- Portland -- Case studies, Building sites -- Environmental aspects, Air quality -- Oregon -- Portland, Environmental monitoring -- Oregon

DOI

10.15760/mem.65

Abstract

Research has shown that diesel particulate matter, including black carbon, is harmful to human health and has climate warming properties. Emissions from off-road engines, specifically construction, are a major source of diesel particulate matter in Portland, OR. There has been little done to manage the impact that construction has on local air quality. This project included a review of recent literature on the health and climate warming effects of particulate matter and black carbon, a modeling study to better understand what the major sources of diesel particulate matter are in Oregon, and a review of current research on construction site emissions. This study also included field monitoring of black carbon at construction sites in Portland, OR which showed that local air quality can be affected. The information gathered in this project, and in partnership with Neighbors for Clean Air, informed content for an interactive web page to help educate and motivate local residents to better understand what’s in their air. This study revealed that there are many opportunities to leverage existing policies and increase incentives for construction projects to adopt cleaner technology and reduce emissions on site.

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Comments

A project report submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Environmental Management.

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/34409

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