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Solution by: Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science

DIY Monitoring for Environmental Accountability  Public Lab is a community that develops and disseminates low-cost, open-source toolkits for environmental investigation to increase underserved communities’ ability to identify, redress, remediate, and create awareness around environmental concerns.

ENVIRONMENTAL Public Lab is working to lay the groundwork for a more participatory approach to environmental justice.

ECONOMIC Public Lab enables people to monitor the environmental impacts of economic activity where they live.

“Public Lab positions every community member as an expert working together to demystify technology in the name of environmental justice.” SHANNON DOSEMAGEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PUBLIC LABORATORY FOR OPEN TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE

THE TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE

SOCIAL Public Lab has created a community of over 6,000 members contributing ideas, tools, and support to address local environmental health issues.

Public Lab is a community that focuses on the research, development, and refinement of open-source hardware and software tools and methods, including spectrometers for detecting pollutants, that enable people to more easily share knowledge about local environmental conditions. The organization works collaboratively with communities and more than 6,000 members to create low-cost tools to identify and map environmental concerns, collect data, and create accountability. Public Lab envisions a world where communities have the ability to monitor and assess ongoing environmental health problems with simple, accessible detection equipment, and feel empowered to speak up for the health of their families and environment. This is achieved by providing online and offline training, education and support, and by focusing on locally relevant outcomes that emphasize human capacity and understanding. WHY A SUSTAINIA100 SOLUTION? Around the world, nations are developing rapidly, and access to knowledge, energy, and goods is increasing. An unintended consequence of this development is a corresponding increase of pollution, especially in disadvantaged communities. This solution aims to empower concerned residents to measure these impacts with simple, affordable tools to demand accountability.

These open source tools are used by everyone from schoolchildren to journalists and retired scientists

 DEVELOPED IN ...

USA

DEPLOYED IN ...

USA, CANADA, ISRAEL, AUSTRALIA, SPAIN, UK

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