Pollution from industrial plants, diesel exhaust and wood smoke in Allegheny County still poses a significant threat, making the air we breathe dirty and people in our communities sick. Our air was ranked 8th worst in the United States in 2016 by the American Lung Association. Foul odors outside may indicate a serious pollution problem in your community. If your air smells toxic, then it is possible that you are inhaling toxins.
Smell PGH crowdsources smell reports so we can track how pollutants travel through the air across Pittsburgh. We worked with the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) to set up the app so they receive all Smell PGH odor complaints as they are submitted. ACHD can then use this information to better monitor our air quality and identify pollution sources.
Smell PGH was developed by the CMU CREATE Lab with support from the Heinz Endowments, and in collaboration with: ACCAN, PennEnvironment, GASP, Sierra Club, ROCIS, Blue Lens, LLC, PennFuture, Clean Water Action, Clean Air Council.
Please let us know which aspects are working well and which could be improved via the App Feedback Form. We really appreciate your input!