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Cultivando and University of Denver Collaborate on AIRE Project: Investigating Air Quality for Equity

In the ongoing quest for environmental justice, the Air Quality Investigation and Research for Equity (AIRE) project stands as a beacon of hope. Spearheaded by the nonprofit organization Cultivando, in collaboration with the University of Denver, this groundbreaking initiative seeks to shed light on the air pollution crisis affecting Commerce City and its surrounding neighborhoods.


At the heart of the AIRE project lies a commitment to community empowerment. Recognizing the disproportionate impact of air pollution on marginalized communities, Cultivando mobilized residents to take action and demand accountability from local authorities and industries.


The findings of the AIRE project paint a stark picture: the air in Commerce City and its neighboring areas is heavily polluted, with the local oil refinery, Suncor, identified as a major contributor to the problem. Despite the refinery's own monitoring efforts, the study revealed alarming discrepancies, prompting calls for independent monitoring to ensure the health and

safety of residents.



This community-driven project serves as a testament to the power of grassroots activism and collaboration. By harnessing the expertise of researchers from the University of Denver and the passion of local residents, the AIRE project has catalyzed meaningful change and sparked conversations about environmental justice in the region.


As we continue to navigate the complexities of environmental challenges, the findings of the AIRE project serve as a call to action. By raising awareness, advocating for policy changes, and holding polluters accountable, we can work towards a future where every community has access to clean, breathable air.


To learn more about the findings of the AIRE project, click here. Together, let's build a healthier, more equitable future for all.

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