Is this project an undergraduate, graduate, or faculty project?

Undergraduate

individual

Authors' Class Standing

Justin Lawlor, Junior

Lead Presenter's Name

Justin Lawlor

Faculty Mentor Name

Wesley Lewis

Abstract

Power plants have become a huge problem in Kosovo and have caused the air quality to become hazardous to health, but people don’t consider it a big concern. The focus of this study is to evaluate the current methods of awareness of air pollution observed and investigate a new method to implement to increase awareness. The methods to collect this data included an interview, observations, and a media analysis. The researcher observed three methods of awareness, an air quality monitor at the U.S. Embassy, the Newborn sign, and stickers around light switches at the Rochester Institute of Technology Kosovo (RITK) campus. The researcher conducted an interview with the director of summer programs at RITK, finding that the stickers were part of an operations and processes class. The letters in the Newborn sign have different meanings, including “E” for energy and “O” for oxygen. The air quality monitor records publicly available data every hour. Furthermore, China implemented a nationwide system of air quality monitors that allows citizens to have access to real time air quality data that may be beneficial in Kosovo. The cumulative observations, interview, and media analysis shed light on the current methods and a new method of air quality awareness, but further research is needed to evaluate the benefits of this method for Kosovo.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

Yes, Spark Grant

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Analyzation of Awareness Methods of Air Quality in Pristina, Kosovo and a New Method to Help Increase Awareness

Power plants have become a huge problem in Kosovo and have caused the air quality to become hazardous to health, but people don’t consider it a big concern. The focus of this study is to evaluate the current methods of awareness of air pollution observed and investigate a new method to implement to increase awareness. The methods to collect this data included an interview, observations, and a media analysis. The researcher observed three methods of awareness, an air quality monitor at the U.S. Embassy, the Newborn sign, and stickers around light switches at the Rochester Institute of Technology Kosovo (RITK) campus. The researcher conducted an interview with the director of summer programs at RITK, finding that the stickers were part of an operations and processes class. The letters in the Newborn sign have different meanings, including “E” for energy and “O” for oxygen. The air quality monitor records publicly available data every hour. Furthermore, China implemented a nationwide system of air quality monitors that allows citizens to have access to real time air quality data that may be beneficial in Kosovo. The cumulative observations, interview, and media analysis shed light on the current methods and a new method of air quality awareness, but further research is needed to evaluate the benefits of this method for Kosovo.