Investment: Rivas-Vaciamadrid suffers from poor air quality as a result of high volumes of traffic and an incineration plant upwind. In recent years the European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) and the Regional Investment Plan (RIP) co-financed with the City Council made a series of investments to reduce air pollution. As a result the local government is considering further investing in urban greening to help improve air quality, and in September 2021 the City Council has created low-emission zones around schools.
Scientific/Technical Project Contribution: Before ReSET there was only one one air quality station in Rivas Vaciamadrid. We will deploy FreeStation air quality monitoring stations within Rivas Vaciamadrid schools to help the local government better understand current conditions and to evaluate the efficacy of urban greening investments and low emission zones.
End User Engagement: The Rivas-Vaciamadrid Municipality's Department of Education has allowed us to connect the datastream to their network and they are identifying potential ways to scale the project and for other schools to benefit. The stations have been well received at Ceipso La Luna and Colegio Hipatia schools by the school management teams, teachers, the parents' associations and pupils, and the schools continue to support the research.