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Jenni Lansing, environmental inspector
Environmental Health, Health Department

Environmental Initiatives Manager Patrick Hanlon nominated Lansing for leading the Minneapolis air-quality study.

“In 2014, the Environmental Services Unit was tasked with conducting a citywide air-quality study. The study required more than 100 samples to be simultaneously taken at specific locations around the city four times a year for two years. It was an overwhelming task.

“With a background in air-quality sampling, Jenni stepped up to take on the initiative and employed the assistance of more than 75 volunteers citywide to help capture the air samples … The study provides different perspectives on air quality in Minneapolis that previously weren’t available here or elsewhere in the county. The results will give us an idea of what chemicals are in the air we breathe and how they might relate to human health. From these results, we will be able to make informed decisions and take steps to reduce the harmful chemicals in the air, making Minneapolis a healthier place to live.

“She worked tirelessly with neighborhood organizations, citywide staff and council members to find dedicated constituents to help make the study possible. She also sought out assistance from our partners, the University of Minnesota and The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, to leverage our efforts and provide professional technical assistance.”  

Published Feb 23, 2016

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