The Chinatown-International District has been a bustling hub for many generations.The three distinct neighborhoods that gave birth to the C-ID; Chinatown, Japantown, and Little Saigon have morphed and merged while at the same time becoming a vital centerpiece of the Seattle landscape.
This rich historical community of Seattle is home to one the busiest commuting crossroads in the whole region. Cars, trucks, buses, Amtrak, Link Light Rail and Sounder trains, all bring residents, workers, visitors and sport fans to the area. This constant commuter activity compounded by the many restaurants and other commercial activities, contributes to impacts from air pollution.
We have been working with the community and a variety of community-led organizations to understand their needs and concerns.
We've worked with WILD, a youth program of the Interim CDA, to teach students about air quality, how pollution can impact your health and solutions to pollution. The latest partnership activities involved our Air Monitoring Lead showing students how to read portable air monitors so they can use a citizen science approach to their community's air quality. The students will then work with senior citizens to create awareness about air quality and how to protect themselves when air quality is poor. We also had some fun and played air quality jeopardy!
Check out some of the images below.