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Is that a park bench or an air quality monitoring station?

It’s both!

The US EPA Village Green Project aims to provide the public with information about local air quality and to raise awareness of air pollution.  A solar and wind powered air quality monitoring station is built into a park bench which provides minute-to-minute air measurements for ozone, fine particles and weather conditions.  Data can be viewed in near real-time on the Village Green website.

Readers should note that the air quality measurements (ozone and PM2.5) are not reference methods.  The instruments are of low cost, and the data will be used for research, like understanding how air pollution trends change with time and weather

Following a successful trial in Durham (NC), the US EPA has installed three park bench monitoring systems in Philadelphia, Washington and Kansas City.  Another two park benches are planned for Oklahoma City and Hartford in 2015.