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Local Air Quality Efforts Get National Attention: Sentinel News

August 21, 2009: Sentinel News

Local Air Quality Efforts Get National Attention

By Jason Scott, Sentinel Reporter


Tom Benjey explains the Clean Air Partnership’s air monitor at The Sentinel to Dafna Michaelson. (Michael Bupp/The Sentinel)

Community efforts to clean up the air in the Carlisle area and around central Pennsylvania have drawn the attention of a Denver-based non-profit organization.

Dafna Michaelson, who is on a journey across America chronicling the tales of people helping to solve community problems, stopped by The Sentinel Thursday to interview original members of the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania.

As part of her “50 in 52 Journey,” she is sharing the stories of community problem-solvers through video and blogs on her Web site to introduce the country to the people in their own back yards who are bringing America back, she explained.

Adding the interviews

To date, Michaelson has interviewed more than 220 people on her journey, which has included individuals from 14 to 91 and from almost every race, religion and socioeconomic situation. She intends to write a book about the experience and develop the project into an independent film, she said.

In Focus

Dafna Michaelson’s “50 in 52 Journey” project to highlight problem-solvers in America’s communities should wrap up the last week of December in her home state of Colorado.

Her Web site, www.50in52journey.com, cracked 15,000 views this month, she says and currently has 230 videos up.

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