Air Justice Lab (AJL)

The Capital Region Air Justice Lab, headquartered within our NATURE Lab, gives Capital Region residents access to real-time air quality data.

What is Air Justice Lab?

Two light-skinned young men install an air monitor on the side of a white house on a winter day.
RPI students Alex Gervin and Ben Eugster, interns with Air Justice Lab, installing a PurpleAir monitor.

Launched in 2022, the Sanctuary’s Air Justice Lab is a community air monitoring and educational initiative serving the greater Capital Region of NYS. Based within our NATURE Lab, AJL started in late 2022, when concerned residents, local students, and Sanctuary staff began a collaborative effort to install a growing network of low-cost air-monitoring devices. With an initial goal of 50 air monitoring locations, the team is installing PurpleAir monitors, which feed real-time air quality data to a publicly accessible map. As we begin to accumulate data, AJL will support local environmental justice groups in accessing, interpreting, and utilizing this real-time data in order to quantify air quality issues faced in the Capital Region. Ultimately, AJL is working to increase public awareness around air quality and its impacts on the region we call home.

As Air Justice Lab develops, it will contribute to air quality monitoring and advocacy throughout the Capital Region through 3 key components:

  1. A broad, flexible, low-cost public access network of air monitoring devices.
  2. A grassroots educational program teaching the fundamentals of data science to local residents impacted by air pollution.
  3. An ambitious outreach campaign to increase public awareness of pervasive air quality issues.


The Air Justice Lab is currently funded by a DEC Environmental Justice Community Air Monitoring Capacity Building grant. To learn more about the impetus for the project, and to meet some of the volunteers, staff, and students involved, please visit the links below.

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