Research

Quiet Communities undertakes independent, objective research to inform efforts to make our environment cleaner, quieter, and safer for everyone. We collaborate with outside experts, academic institutions, and independent agencies.

Air Pollution

In 2014, we worked with the EPA to analyze air emissions from gasoline powered lawn and garden equipment in the United States. Our work resulted in a paper and presentation given in San Diego at the International Emissions Inventory Conference in April, 2015.

In 2017, we presented a subanalysis of emissions from the equipment used commonly in maintaining land around our neighborhoods, schools, and public spaces – lawn mowers, leaf blowers, edgers, trimmers, and chain saws. The results of that analysis were presented. Publications to date from that research are below.

  • Banks J, Weinstein L. Landscape Maintenance Equipment Emissions and Children’s Health (abstract). Presented at Children’s Environmental Health Network Research Conference 2017, Arlington, VA, April 5-7, 2017.
  • Banks J, Weinstein L. Landscape Maintenance Equipment Emissions and Children’s Health (presentation). Presented at Children’s Environmental Health Network Research Conference 2017, Arlington, VA, April 5-7, 2017.

Updates of this research is ongoing as are state-by-state analyses.

Noise Pollution

A pilot study on the characteristics of gas-powered leaf blower sound was carried out in 2015 and presented at the 2016 annual Noise-Con conference in Providence, RI. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Environmental and Toxicological Studies.

  • Walker E, Banks, JL (2017) Characteristics of Lawn and Garden Equipment Sound: A Community Pilot Study. J Environ Toxicol Stu 1(1) doi http://dx.doi.org/10.16966/jets.106

Available at:

https://sciforschenonline.org/journals/environmental-toxicological-studies/JETS-1-106.php​

 

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