Community Leveraged Expanded Air Network in Cleveland (CLEANinCLE):

What is CLEANinCLE?:

CLEANinCLE is a community air monitoring project led by the Cleveland Division of Air Quality in partnership with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Better Health Partnership, Case Western Reserve University, and the Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Institute.

CLEANinCLE will expand Cleveland's air monitoring network by installing 30 sensors in Cleveland neighborhoods and using a mobile monitoring shelter. Community members will decide where the 30 sensors are placed. The sensors will help Cleveland Division of Air Quality and residents better understand how much pollution is in the air in different neighborhoods.

CDAQ will also collect resident stories through resident interviews to gain a better understanding of how air quality has affected the community and impacted community health.

The community sensors will monitor for Particulate Matter 2.5 and 10 (PM 2.5 and PM 10). The mobile monitoring unit will monitor for Ozone as well as PM 2.5 and PM 10. For more information on those pollutants visit:
Are you interested in learning more about the difference between an air sensor and air monitor? Check out this video here!

The 30 sensors will stay at the chosen locations at least through May 31, 2026 and as long as the sensor continues to work. The location of the mobile monitoring shelter will be determined based on data collected from the sensors and local health data. The mobile monitoring shelter will remain in place up to 1-year.

Why is the CLEANinCLE Project Important?

CLEANinCLE will help the city and community members work together to develop solutions to air quality issues. It will provide information and data to residents and CDAQ that can help in decision making and taking action. CLEANinCLE will help residents know what is going on in the air in their neighborhood, help CDAQ take steps to solve air quality issues. It will allow CDAQ to learn from and respond to residents' air concerns, and bring more awareness and accessibility to CDAQ's services. Data from CLEANinCLE will also help CDAQ identify air pollution hotspots and determine locations that may need more attention from CDAQ enforcement staff. CLEANinCLE will also allow health partners to better respond to respiratory issues in neighborhoods.

How can you get involved?

Community involvement and feedback is central to CLEANinCLE. Community members can get involved in the following ways:
  1. Apply to become a Community Air Advisor as part of the Resident Advisory Committee. Community Air Advisors will elevate the air quality concerns and share the lived experiences of residents to help the city better serve them. They will also inspire neighbors to join the conversations and work around air quality. Community Air Advisors must be 18 years or older, live in the City of Cleveland, and have an interest in community engagement and air quality. You do not need to be an air quality expert! No prior experience is necessary. Training will be provided on various air quality topics. Neighborhood Air Ambassadors will receive a stipend for their time and are expected to work approximately 5 hours per month (hours will be flexible based on your schedule).
  2. Attend CLEANinCLE public meetings. There will be both in-person and virtual meetings held throughout the year. The meetings are an opportunity to give your thoughts on sensor locations, share your air quality experiences, and discuss your air quality concerns. Meeting locations will vary and most meetings will include childcare services, language access services, and light snacks.
  3. Share your air quality experience by participating in a ride-along interview. Are there certain areas in your neighborhood that you feel the air quality is bad and has negatively affected your health? For these interviewed, you will be interviewed by a CDAQ representative while we tour your neighborhood. This format will allow you to point out specific examples in your neighborhood of air quality problems. The interview takes about 1-hour to complete and will be conducted in City of Cleveland vehicle.
  4. Volunteer on CLEANinCLE projects and activities as they arise. This can be anything from passing out flyers, to sharing information with your neighbors on upcoming meetings, and possibly hosting a neighborhood walk-through with handheld air quality sensors!
Who are the CLEANinCLE Partners and what will they do?

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress will help build community engagement by working with the Clean Air Advisors and planning community meetings.

Case Western Reserve University will provide technical support with the low cost sensors and on the air quality dashboard through the Institute for Smart, Secure and Connected Cities (ISSACs). The GIS Health and Human Hazards Lab will analyze and map the ride-along interviews.

Better Health Partnership will conduct interviews with local medical providers on asthma treatment practices in an effort to improve respiratory care.

Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Institute will serve as a medical advisor and health interpret health data.

When should I get involved?

Now! Complete the interest form below or contact Abby Singletary at to learn more.

How is this initiative funded?

The CLEANinCLE project is funded by the American Rescue Plan Enhanced Air Quality Monitoring for Communities competitive grant opportunity. Read more about it here.

Do you need more information or do you have questions?

For more information on getting involved in CLEANinCLE, please contact Abby Singletary at or complete the interest form below.