The Charlotte Ozone Garden Project
|September 19, 2011||Posted by Kelico under Clear the Air for Kids!||
(September 19, 2011) Clean Air Carolina has expanded our partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools by launching a new, innovative program called the Charlotte Ozone Garden Project. Our staff and volunteers are working with four high-poverty schools to install ozone bio-monitoring gardens where native plants like black-eyed Susan and cut-leaf coneflower show signs of leaf injury when exposed to high levels of ozone.
Participating schools include Whitewater Middle School, Shamrock Gardens Elementary, Cochrane Middle, and John M. Morehead STEM Academy. Students are learning how air pollution affects plant and human health. With asthma rates 38% higher for African-Americans than for Whites, this project is using hands-on science to teach students how the environment impacts their health. Students are also learning specific actions they can take to reduce ozone levels.
Click here to learn more about the Charlotte Ozone Garden Project.