Meet the Interns: Dania Ashour

Meet the Interns: Dania Ashour

Yesterday we introduced you to our intern from the UAB School of Public Health, Nkereuwem Samuel Unwana — who goes by Life. Now we would like you to meet our intern from the UAB School of Engineering, Dania Ashour. Dania is working with a pair of brilliant volunteer engineers on building a custom, replicable digital air monitor that we can use to collect and share hyper-local air quality data as part of our emerging citizen-science program. Welcome, Dania!

What is your major at UAB and why did you choose it?

I chose mechanical engineering because …

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My Experience at the Women’s March in Birmingham

My Experience at the Women’s March in Birmingham

When we were asked if Gasp would participate in the Women’s March in Birmingham, we enthusiastically agreed. The March stands for principles Gasp absolutely supports. Plus, it would be great to set up a table and spread the word about healthy air and clean energy to the, ahem, few hundred folks expected.

The March was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. When I arrived at Kelly Ingram park at 12:15, people were already congregating and milling around. By 1:30, the park was packed and we were …

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Meet the Interns: Nkereuwem ‘Life’ Samuel Unwana

Meet the Interns: Nkereuwem ‘Life’ Samuel Unwana

This week we will introduce you to two interns who are working with Gasp this semester through the Academic Small Business Alliance at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dania Ashour and Nkereuwem (Life) Samuel Unwana are working to develop a scalable citizen-science educational program. Life’s project involves putting together a citizen science manual, assisting with public health research, and creating a presentation on the health effects of air pollution. Dania is working with volunteer engineers to build a replicable digital air monitor prototype which will be used to collect and …

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Alternative Facts: Air Pollution, Climate Change & Health

Alternative Facts: Air Pollution, Climate Change & Health

This past Sunday, a Meet the Press interview featuring Counselor to President Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway went viral after she coined the phrase “alternative facts.” I couldn’t help but chuckle when I heard this euphemism coming out of the new White House. (I also cringed at the Orwellian undertones. But that’s a topic for a book club.)

WATCH: Kellyanne Conway defends WH press secretary's "alternative facts." #MTP pic.twitter.com/q4PVzhpA1g

— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) January 22, 2017

Here’s the deal: Gasp is a nonpartisan, apolitical advocacy organization. We just want healthy air for …

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EPA Makes Positive Changes to Comply with Civil Rights Act, but Uncertainty Remains

EPA Makes Positive Changes to Comply with Civil Rights Act, but Uncertainty Remains

On December 29, 2016, the EPA withdrew a proposed rule to amend its nondiscrimination regulation regarding compliance information for Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.

Last year Gasp weighed in on the proposed changes and objected to the removal of deadlines in the proposed rule. We are happy to report that EPA considered Gasp’s and other groups’ comments opposing this change and has decided to withdraw the proposed amendments.

EPA is also moving enforcement of external compliance with Title VI from the Office of Civil Rights …

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Help Gasp by Switching to Clean Energy Today

Gasp is excited to share some truly sunny 🌞 news with you: we are partnering with Arcadia Power — the first company to offer a nationwide community solar program —to give you a simple way to switch to solar at home.

The way it works is you purchase a one-time subscription to a panel(s) from one of Arcadia Power’s solar projects across the country. From there, they track the production from your exact panel and automatically credit your utility bill with the savings. Your investment in community solar pays for itself over time — …

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5 Steps to Getting Started with Solar

5 Steps to Getting Started with Solar

We get this question quite a bit. Yes, we’re a solar company, and yes, we’re in what seems like a solar-wilderness being in the deep South. But, it is a legitimate question. So, let’s make this simple:

(If you’re curious if solar is illegal or allowed by the power company, or if it will last very long, or if our climate even works for solar, you should look at this article as well!)

1. Do you have good sun exposure?

One of the first considerations has to be if you will …

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Gasp Launches New Online Air Quality Tool

Gasp Launches New Online Air Quality Tool

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Gasp Launches New Online Air Quality Tool

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Jan. 5, 2017) — In an effort to reduce exposure to the harmful health effects of air pollution, Gasp this week announced that it has released a new online tool for users to get the current and next day’s air quality for the Birmingham area.

The Air Quality Widget displays the current air quality index, or AQI, with a corresponding color code based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s AirNow data. It updates twice per hour. The …

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REINS Act Could Spell Disaster for Clean Air

REINS Act Could Spell Disaster for Clean Air

Today the 115th Congress convened in Washington. Experts and policy wonks anticipate that the House of Representatives is likely to pass H.R. 427, “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017” — better known as the REINS Act.

This bill passed the house last July, but never made progress in the Senate. However, President-Elect Donald Trump supports the REINS Act, and with Republicans controlling both the House and Senate, we have never been closer to the REINS Act becoming law.

Put simply, the REINS …

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19 copies of ‘Toxic City’ DVD donated to the Birmingham Public Library

19 copies of ‘Toxic City’ DVD donated to the Birmingham Public Library

For Immediate Release

19 copies of ‘Toxic City’ DVD donated to the Birmingham Public Library

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- Gasp, a Birmingham-based health advocacy nonprofit, has given the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) 19 DVD copies of “Toxic City: Birmingham’s Dirty Secret,” an award-winning documentary about the impact industrial pollution has on area citizens.

Gasp produced “Toxic City” in 2014 to shine the light on how individuals in Collegeville, North Birmingham, other communities in the northern part of the city, and Tarrant are impacted by hazardous industrial pollution. The 26-minute documentary …

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