Utilities reported over 600 unfixed gas leaks in the city of Worcester in 2020. This project involves the development and deployment of family-friendly. distance-learning tools for monitoring gas leaks in the urban environment. Advanced in collaboration with local climate justice organization Mothers Out Front–Worcester, we explore three social science questions: 1) whether community-based monitoring can create more accountability for utility companies in the transition off fossil fuels 2) how the experience of looking for leaks shapes users’ perceptions of the natural gas system 3) whether engaging in Citizen Science builds skills and confidence for engaging social movement advocacy.
Sarah Lerman-Sinkoff, Clark University
Ari Nicholson, Clark University
Mothers Out Front–Worcester
Dr. Nathan Philips, Boston University
Dr. John Rogan, Clark University