The Berkeley Air Mission
About Berkeley Air and our mission
Berkeley Air Monitoring Group, Inc. (www.berkeleyair.com) is a social venture located in downtown Berkeley, California, founded in 2007, and incubated at the University of California-Berkeley. We work to mitigate global climate change and improve the health and livelihoods of millions of people in developing countries by conducting in-field evaluations of clean cooking, heating, and lighting programs. We also develop and commercialize instrumentation for monitoring such household energy projects, including sensors for air pollution, stove use, and time-activity patterns.
The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 7 million people each year die prematurely as a result of exposure to air pollution; that’s one in eight deaths worldwide. This finding confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest environmental health risk. The majority of those deaths (4.3 million) are due to exposure to household or indoor air pollution in the d
David Pennise, Ph.D. (Technical Director, Co-Founder)
David co-founded and helped grow Berkeley Air, in line with his commitment to create a sustainable, healthy world. He manages the technical activities of the company and leads the service delivery team in providing monitoring and evaluation services and tools. He has conducted and managed air pollution research, carbon monitoring studies, and training workshops related to household energy, health, and climate throughout the developing world. His peer-reviewed publications have focused on household air pollution monitoring, modeling, and study design; fuel use; greenhouse gas emissions monitoring and methods; and atmospheric chemistry.
David holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Dana Charron, M.B.A. (Managing Director, Co-Fo