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A fun conversation

From Grace in Action Collectives Facebook Page. “The GIA youth design and coding collective Radical Productions is working on a new app, Air QualiD. They are building a sensor that can detect the pollutants in the air harming you and your family in Southwest Detroit.”

A fun conversation

by Jonathan Tindor

A Conversation 
This week, the Deaconess Community staff has been working on a piece about Mission Grants for the January 2019 Seeds for the Parish issue.

One of the conversations we had was with Meghan Sobocienski, program director at Grace in Action Collectives in Detroit, Michigan.

Located in the middle of four major highway intersections, Grace in Action is in the third most polluted zip code in Michigan.

“A lot of that pollution comes from trucks idling or driving through the interchanges.” Says Meghan Sobocienski. “Many of them pollute at a higher level than allowed by state law.”

But there was no way to track this.


The Solution, “It’s Really, Really Amazing”
Grace in Action Collectives began a program, in part founded by a Deaconess Community Mission Grant, that teaches high schoolers to build a network of sensors, and mobile apps that allow local residents to track and identify trucks that are polluting above the legal level.

The program is working. They have deployed sensors, built the application, which has been downloaded all across the zip code and they are about to go live with a website to publish the data about the trucks.

“O my gosh.” Meghan Sobocienski says. “I am just standing here thinking, ‘You guys have to see this. They [the students] are doing everything we got the grant for.’ It is really, really, amazing.”

Click above to watch a video from the ELCA about Grace in Action posted June 5, 2014.