While anyone may join Public Lab and take part in developing and applying do-it-yourself pollution monitoring techniques, the Public Lab non-profit also supports fellowships that emphasize peer production projects working on community environmental health issues. Fellowships activities can include:
- Researching and publishing on methods for accessible community science monitoring techniques.
- Developing, incubating and distributing hardware and software research tools (and associated methodology) that are low cost, easy to use, and modifiable.
- Collectively applying these tools in research and monitoring projects in particular locales.
- Advocating for community-identified goals and objectives by sharing the resulting data and knowledge with peers, regulatory agencies, press, and other stakeholders.
Current Fellowship Programs
About Fellowship Trios
Fellowship trios are financially supported collaborations hosted and facilitated by Public Lab. They advance the impact of localized community science on critical environmental health topics.
Fellowship Trio Goals
- Short term: to document current efforts in monitoring, organizing, and advocating
- Medium term: to advance monitoring tools, organizing, and advocacy methods
- Long term: to develop network relationships among science organizations, hardware projects & communities, and frontline communities to advance the environmental justice movement
Current Fellowship Trio Projects:
Val Verde Air Quality Monitoring Project
This project is based in Val Verde in Los Angeles County, CA where a large landfill has been operating in the community affecting local air quality since 1972. In the community’s fight against the landfill, residents have conducted preliminary air monitoring results that they've shared, documented and reported to every accessible body including to government agencies and the company itself. Having long since established local networks and organizations of support to address these challenges, only one or two people locally are versed in the pilot monitoring program. The intent behind this project is to share existing knowledge regarding the landfill air quality issue with more local community members, train people on how to conduct ongoing monitoring and have an air quality monitoring program that can be effectively shared to the broader Val Verde community.
Fellows working on this project:
- Sara Sage: Community Fellow and Project Advisor
- Jeremiah Dockray: Air Quality Monitoring Methods Fellow
- Chris Nidel: Legal Fellow
- This project is seeking a Documentation Fellow
Past Public Lab Fellows and their projects:
- Katie Gradowski: Community Technology Fellow
- Mo Langmuir: Community Mapping Fellow
- Sairam Dhandapani: Community Mapping Fellow
- Alahna Moore: Oil and Gas Accountability
- Lemmy Kamau: Frac Sand Sentinel
- Danielle Stevenson: Community Science Soil Testing
- Ann Chen: DIY Oil Testing Narratives
- Matej Vakula: Oil Sheen Testing Fellowship
- Sreyantha Chary: Spectral Workbench macros and recipes
- Will Macfarlane: Hardware Fellow, Oil & Gas Industry
- Yagiz Sutcu: Public Lab beta Oil Testing Kit
- Nick Shapiro: Open Air Fellow
- Don Blair: Open Water Fellow
- Read Holman: Lead Monitoring Network
- Rollin Black: Community Fellow, Oil & Gas Industry