What's the Air Quality Like Today? Development of an Interactive Display to Measure Ground Level Ozone and Educate the Community about Renewable Energy

Co-PIs:  Jeanne Franz, Chun Lok Mah, Fred Otto

This grant is a collaborative project between the Chemistry, Art, and Physics departments in which an inexpensive ozone-monitoring device electronically transmits the current concentration of ground level ozone on campus (a.k.a. bad ozone) to a sculpture abloom with LED lights.  The lighting display will change depending upon the measured concentration of ground level ozone.  People viewing the sculpture will be able to tell from the lighting color whether the air quality is good, fair, or poor.  The entire sculpture will be powered by solar panels.  Interpretive signage explaining the role of renewable energy at reducing bad ozone will accompany the display.