West Humboldt Park, Chicago
Airlab is a team of 5 high school students and 3 college-level mentors, now young Chicago civic leaders, whose mission is to research and collect data on the indoor air quality (IAQ) at the Rosa Parks Apartments in the West Humboldt Park Community. Our program goals are to educate communities, organizations, and city leaders to make better decisions about how they can improve the health, well-being and efficiency of their neighborhood through awareness and good design.
Indoor air quality is an issue throughout many neighborhoods in Chicago and especially in Humboldt Park, where childhood asthma rates are some of the highest in the city. The Sinai Improving Community Health Survey has found that as many as 1 in 3 children in Humboldt Oark may have asthma which far exceeds the city average of 13%.