'Clean Roads to Clean Air Program'
The City of Toronto is successfully implementing a street sweeping program that significantly contributes to meeting clean air and stormwater standards. Dr. Morgan discusses Toronto's process in developing a methodolgy for evaluating sweeper efficiency and operational best practices.
by Dr. Christopher Morgan, Senior Air Quality Scientist,
City of Toronto, Toronto, ON
The City of Toronto's "Clean Roads to Clean Air" initiative
was conceived as a potential means of cleaning the city's air
of a citywide and year-round health-based problem linked to
'invisible' fine particulate matter, which is defined as particulate matter
less than 10 microns iin diameter (PM10). This also
includes particulates less than 2.5 microns in diameter
The City's recent purchase of 'new technology'
sweepers has been determined in large measure -- but
not exclusive of regular operational and economic considerations --
by a performance standard that was incorporated
into sweeper purchase requirements. This was done to ensure particulate
matter was both removed from the streets being swept, and
was not redistributed into the air Torontonians breathed.
The 'new technology' sweeper purchases are
being subjected to citywide and street-specific ambient air
quality monitoring to confirm that such new sweepers do
indeed 'clean the air.'
The audio interview includes a discussion of the air quality problem identified in Toronto, as well as the thought processes surrounding development of a testing protocol for determining sweeper effectiveness.
Dr. Morgan and co-author, Vesna Stevanovic-Briatico, Transportation Coordinator for City of Toronto, also wrote an article on this topic for the September 2007 edition of the magazine of the American Public Works Association, APWA Reporter. By permission of its editor, a pdf version of this article is also available here on the WorldSweeper.com website.
Further, this subject was presented at the 2007 APWA Congress and Exposition. We also offer online a pdf version of the speaker's PowerPoint presentation.
You may reach Dr. Christopher Morgan by calling 416-392-6903. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.