SUMMATION Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Community Impact

According to the EPA, Bakersfield, CA in the Southern San Joaquin Valley has the worst air pollution in the country. The SUMMATION project aims not only to slow climate change, but also to improve the air quality and health of those who live and work in the San Joaquin Valley.

Community Engagement Program

Part of the Tier 1 monitoring includes working with local residents and business owners on the ground to gather data and feedback.

Central California Asthma Collaborative (CCAC) is leading the project’s community engagement and outreach efforts in the target study area. Residents and businesses are given the opportunity to be involved throughout the active planning and monitoring phases in two main ways. 

Data Collection

Community members will be asked to identify any locations of concern related to methane emissions for evaluation and possible placement of monitoring technology by the monitoring team. 

Methane emissions samples will be collected from gas appliances in approximately 50 homes and 10 commercial buildings in the Bakersfield area. The study will also gather building data that may help explain variations in emissions including age of appliances, gas usage history, approximate value, and building size.

To be considered for the data collection study, fill out our Contact Form.

Community Meetings

Public meetings will be held to gather information, such as potential emission locations, and share and discuss study results.

Dedicated to Equitable Clean Air

Disadvantaged communities are disproportionately impacted by air pollution. Learn what SUMMATION is doing to help address this disparity.