APRIL meeting of the Health Group on air pollution and schools
Monday 3 December, 14.00 – 16.00, City Hall, Committee Room 2
The meeting will start with an update from Annette Figueiredo (Greater London Authority) programme lead for the Mayor’s School and Nurseries Air Quality Audit Programmes.
Professor Chris Griffiths (Barts Institute of Population Health Sciences, Queen Mary University of London) will present findings from the EXHALE study, evaluating the impact of London’s first Low Emission Zone, and progress on the NIHR-funded CHILL study, evaluating the Ultra Low Emission Zone. The presentation will review current evidence for the impact of low emission zones on air quality and health, and the challenges of evaluating their impacts using natural experiment designs. EXHALE and CHILL are collaborations across the MRC Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma, the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research and the MRC PHE Centre in Environment and Health.
Dr Anja Tremper (King’s College London) will speak about the impact of a green screen on concentrations of nitrogen dioxide at two London primary schools. The study was carried out to assess the efficacy of a green screen to prevent the transport of vehicle emissions from the nearby road into the school playgrounds.
Ruth Calderwood (City of London Corporation) will speak about will speak about collaborative action at Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary school which has resulted in annual average nitrogen dioxide concentrations in the school playground going from 64ug/m3 in 2003 to 32ug/m3 so far this year.