A comparative map made by Nick Shapiro, based on our state health department survey

At the first Drexel STS Works in Progress talk, Alex Skula and I presented some findings from our study with Public Lab. We’ve been working with Gretchen Gehreke and Nick Shapiro this year, surveying state health departments about their capacity to respond to citizen requests for information about indoor air contaminants, and residential testing. I have learned a ton working with these three and it’s been a really fun project!

We surveyed 32 states, and spoke to seven others. In addition to analyzing the data — which will take a while since the survey was a massive 52 questions — we are also posting info sheets over at the Public Lab site. Our first info sheet is for Vermont. We did not get a survey for VT but  a staff member gave us some info about their IAQ infrastructure.

A comparative map made by Nick Shapiro, based on our state health department survey
A comparative map made by Nick Shapiro, based on our state health department survey

Nick Shapiro is also making some maps to help visualize the state of state IAQ infrastructure in the U.S.

Our presentation was a bit of a data dump. The project was really driven in an applied way, and so our task now is to think with theory. It’s a nice project to get me into state-level infrastructure and comparative analysis, an interest that’s been deferred for years it seems.

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