Low Cost Monitoring Project (LCMP)

What is the LCMP?

Hand holding an air quality monitor

The Low Cost Monitoring Project (LCMP) is a free program that uses low-cost monitoring devices to address indoor air quality.

We invite anyone who might be interested in joining LCMP to attend a webinar to introduce the program and answer questions about monitoring and improving indoor air quality. After the webinar, you can decide whether you want to become part of our next cohort.

Participants in each LCMP cohort—mostly residents but some workplace representatives and building professionals, too—receive a loaner kit of 7 devices that measure indoor and outdoor particles, CO (carbon monoxide), CO2 (carbon dioxide), radon, temperature, and humidity. Kits are delivered to your home or sent through the mail. ROCIS will guide you in the usage of the monitors and help make sense of the information that comes rolling in.

hand on induction stove top

Over the course of three weeks, the ROCIS monitors gather data about the air inside and outside participants’ homes. During this period, LCMP participants can test the effectiveness of ROCIS-loaned equipment, including an induction stovetop and/or DIY filter fans.

ROCIS supports each cohort of participants with educational sessions about air pollution, tools for managing and interpreting data, and targeted suggestions for how to improve the air in the places they live and work. These online sessions cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Accessing and interpreting air quality monitoring results
  • Behavioral and technical interventions to improve indoor air quality
  • Implications of local ambient air quality—and the tools to track outdoor air quality
  • Health impacts of poor air quality

We're proud to say that our LCMP participants tend to become champions for clean air. Once you know the impacts of air pollution and have the tools to do something about it, it is hard to go back. It's amazing what a little knowledge can do!

ROCIS LCMP cohort smiling and holding various air monitors

Watch the Clean Air Chronicles to hear about the experiences of past LCMP participants.

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The LCMP objectives are to:

Explore the impacts of outdoor pollution on indoor air

Discover how air monitors empower occupants

Employ interventions to improve indoor air quality

Develop and support champions for healthy indoor environments

abstract rendering of a DYLOS graph

Participate in the Low Cost Monitoring Program

Now is the perfect time to learn about outdoor and indoor air pollution and the opportunities for improvement in your living space. Whether you are a resident, homeowner, employer, or housing professional, there is a lot to gain from the LCMP.

To date we have had over 400 individuals participate in the program.

Participation is FREE,
and the whole family is welcome to participate in this online cohort.

ROCIS team member with laptop showing air quality data

Want to join our next virtual cohort?

How to Join a Cohort

 

Why Virtual?Slide with collage of ROCIS LCMP Cohort 43 - the first virtual cohort

No travel requirements
All meetings are online!
A limited number of folks outside of southwest PA can participate in this cohort.

Flexible meeting times
Two weekly online meetings, each with the option of attending in the morning or evening.

Shorter and more frequent meetings
Each meeting is 75 minutes

Opportunity for more household members to participate
Kids are welcome!

For questions or to join LCMP, contact Emily Dale:
ke_dale@hotmail.com

LCMP Testimonials

Ann, a 2020 virtual cohort participant, said:

"I was grateful to be a part of the ROCIS Virtual Cohort. The time and effort to participate were well worth it. My family and I feel we now have a greater understanding of our indoor and outdoor air quality and how to make changes to improve it. Thank you to everyone at ROCIS for this great opportunity!"

Kevin, a recent participant, wrote:

"It was a privilege to glimpse this part of our invisible world and learn more of the health connections. Gaining a better understanding of our indoor air and our air shed—the large numbers connected to such small particles from everyday activities—was an eye opener. The data, analysis, insights, shared experiences and web resources were invaluable. And we now have an important (indoor air quality) baseline for our planned renovations!"

Megan, a past LCMP participant, wrote:

"The ROCIS program is one of the best educational programs around! We all know air quality in Pittsburgh isn't great. This program allows you to understand how the outdoor air quality affects the indoor air quality, and what you can do to create a healthier environment in your home. By allowing you to utilize their sensors and monitors, they help you understand your indoor air quality. They also loan intervention equipment to see what can help your home the best. The team behind this program really cares and wants to help!"

ROCIS testimonial from Beth Burrell  "Participating in the ROCIS Low Cost Air Quality Monitoring Cohort 33 provided access to a lot of valuable information that I used to learn how to provide the healthiest environment possible for my family at home."

The ROCIS Low Cost Monitoring Project is full of success stories.

For an in-depth look at the LCMP process and the ROCIS interventions, check out the Clean Air Chronicles videos:

Watch the Clean Air Chronicles

Sample LCMP Cohort Schedule

The virtual format has increased the convenience of participating in the LCMP. For each month-long cohort, the ROCIS team hosts two weekly online meetings, each with the option of attending in the morning or evening. Participants learn how to use the monitors and make sense of the data.

Cohort Schedule & Topics

Session 1: Cohort Kick-off **
Session 2: Check-in
Session 3: Dylos Data Downloading **
Session 4: What are good numbers? What are the health risks?
Session 5: Access to Online Resources
Session 6: Behavioral Interventions
Session 7: Filtration Interventions **
Session 8: Health Impacts of Particles
Session 9: Wrap-up Meeting & Close **

Note:
** indicates required sessions. To gain the full value of participating, attendance at all meetings is recommended.

LCMP Resources

Dylos air quality monitor

 

 

Low Cost Monitoring Project Champion Susan on Outside/In Radio

Susan Scott Peterson, a past LCMP participant, sat down with Outside/In Radio to talk about her experience joining an air monitoring cohort and all that she learned in the process. The program aired on PRX in early June 2021.

Listen to the program
Presentation: "Beyond Dilution - Reducing Exposure to Particle Pollution"

IEQ, Remediation, & Restoration: Research to Practice
October 25, 2018, Seven Springs, PA
Healthy Buildings Summit 2018 Presentation (PDF)

LCMP Equipment Summary
Equipment Summary (PDF)