Enterprise Center Recieves EPA Grant


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the Enterprise Center is receiving a federal grant to conduct some air quality research in Hamilton County.

They are receiving nearly $500,000 in funding for the Community Air Pollution Monitoring Project. This funding comes from the American Rescue Plan and Inflation Reduction Act that has provided more than $50 million for the EPA to pursue 132 air monitoring projects in 37 states.

The Enterprise Center is the only organization in Tennessee to receive this grant that they hope will progress the science of air quality measurements.

Geoff Millener, the COO of the Enterprise Center, said that the sensors, “Really expands access to great data about what air quality is not just for the region but at a neighborhood level.”

The sensors themselves are compact but will be providing valuable data. Millener added that, “The really high quality monitoring devices are really expensive. Because of the research the folks at the University of Utah have done, we are able to build calibration factors and make sure this is really good data as well. But these things are relatively inexpensive and allow us to deploy instead of one, 170 of them, and aggregate and be able to see that live. The way wind moves smoke across the city, 4th of July, events like that are really interesting to see on the mapping.”

You can already see some of the data by existing sensors online. Currently there are more than 30 sensors in use, but that number will increase by 130 with 50 sensors being available for rent via a library loan program.

The link to that website to check out the data for yourself is at https://www.tellussensors.com/. For more information on the Enterprise Center, visit https://www.theenterprisectr.org/

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