West Oakland residents who are concerned about how the construction of the Oakland Global Trade and Logistics Center might affect air quality now have an innovative new tool: the Oakland Global Air Quality Web Portal. Instead of working through public records requests or trying to make sense of large, complex data tables, the public can quickly access user-friendly charts and graphs from the portal. The public can also directly participate in the monitoring program through an interactive commenting feature. Northgate developed the Air Quality Monitoring Program for the Oakland Global Trade and Logistics Center project with the development team and Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD). Northgate worked with the development team and City of Oakland to offer the portal as a feature of the project’s community benefits package.
As part of the implementation of the Air Quality Monitoring Program, Northgate installed three air monitors to augment the BAAQMD’s West Oakland air quality monitor. These monitors track hourly levels of particulates that especially affect human health, including asthma and other respiratory conditions. Through the web portal, residents can determine how the local levels of these particulates might be changing over time, as well as compare local levels to government thresholds.