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UM hosts 14th annual Clean Air and Healthy Homes environmental symposium

Tuesday over 150 high school students across western Montana got a chance to share their findings on air quality research at the University of Montana in Missoula.

Tuesday over 150 high school students across western Montana got a chance to share their findings on air quality research at the University of Montana in Missoula.

UM’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences hosted its 14th annual Clean Air and Healthy Homes Environmental Health Science Symposium.

Juniors and seniors from seven schools also learned about the risks of indoor air pollution, such as radon and carbon monoxide.

Students were judged on quality of data and presentation.

Tony Ward, a professor at UM, says the event is to address the pollution issues within the community.

“Most people don’t think about indoor air pollution; they think of outdoor air pollution, with wood fire or wood smoke. But they really don’t think about indoor pollution, and that’s important, because we spend over 90 percent of our time indoors daily. So really understanding what we are breathing indoors is important,” Ward said.

Student research focused on measuring air pollution in homes, local businesses and schools. Top research projects received awards.

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