Portland’s canopy cover is equal with Tacoma at 27 percent, the highest of our cities. The impervious surface cover is also the highest of our study cities. It’s the largest city in our study, at nearly 640 thousand people.

City Avg. Temperature (August) Avg. Temperature NO2 ppb (2014) PM2.5 ug/m3 (2014) Poverty (Avg. %) Average Percent Canopy Average Percent Impervious Surface
Portland, OR 27.3 12.5 12 11.3 17.8 27 44

As our project’s home city, we have already developed relationships with a number of organizations dedicated to our efforts of exploring the link between health and the environment. We will work with those partners and others during the course of this project:

  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • Portland State University
  • Urban Forestry
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
  • Oregon Humanities
  • National Best Baby Zone

Portland is the home city of the project team, with a strong volunteer pool for our Summer 2019 mobile monitoring event. We are still seeking stationary sensor hosts for a few grid cells for full coverage in our city air quality network. If you would like to see if you’re in such an area, sign up on our Get Involved page!