SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Ever wonder how much pollution your car is emitting while idling at your child’s school? You could find out next year.
Kerry Kelly, an assistant chemical engineering professor at the University of Utah is teaming with several other researchers, including computer scientists and social and behavioral researchers to develop Air Quality Displays. They will work similarly to the speed signs which tell drivers, in real-time, how fast they’re going.
“We pitched this idea to the National Science Foundation and we just recently learned that we were going to be awarded this project,” said Kelly.
It will take about a year to complete the pollution displays but there are already schools waiting to have them installed.
“We’re partnering with some Salt Lake City schools and a school up in Cache Valley,” said Kelly. “These air quality measurements will not only include idling emissions but also include meteorological measurements.”
The hope, Kelly stated, is to give people the opportunity to do the right thing.
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