SOURCE: GO3 Foundation

GO3 Foundation

June 16, 2010 10:37 ET

GO3 Project, Encana Help Students Build World's First Global Ozone Database

BOULDER, CO--(Marketwire - June 16, 2010) -  Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. awarded the GO3 Foundation with a $41,960 grant to sponsor the participation of four Colorado and four international sister schools in the Global Ozone (GO3) Project. The GO3 Project is a new international science research project where students measure ground level ozone outside their schools and upload the data to the world's first global ozone database.

The grant from Encana enables the GO3 Project to provide students at Erie, Longmont, Rifle, and Grand Valley High Schools and their selected international sister schools in Cairo, Egypt; Moscow, Russia; and Melbourne, Australia with state-of-the-art ozone monitors and meteorological stations that they will use to make measurements of ground-level ozone levels outside their schools. Data collected is uploaded as an overlay in a Google Earth map, giving students detailed visuals of ozone concentrations and variances in air quality.

"Although ozone in the stratosphere protects us from harmful ultraviolet rays, the public is less aware that ground-level ozone has serious effects on human health and the environment. Because of these effects, the EPA is preparing to lower the ozone standards in the US. This issue affects us all, particularly young people, so we should all be informed of the problem and its possible solutions," explains John Birks, chair of the GO3 Foundation and Professor Emeritus of the University of Colorado.

Data from the schools will be used to compile a database on international ozone levels made available to scientists, policy makers and the public, providing the world with the first of its kind global ozone-monitoring network.

"Encana is excited to partner with the GO3 Foundation as they launch this ground breaking project," says Scott Mason, an air quality specialist for Encana Oil & Gas (USA). "This project brings together innovative technology and our next generation of scientists and engineers to raise awareness about ozone at the local level and internationally."

About the GO3 Foundation:
The GO3 Foundation supports innovative environmental science research projects featuring global participation. The projects focus on student participation in scientific research, by giving students access to the most current technology available to scientists. The GO3 Foundation sustains its efforts through grants, corporate support and individual donations.

About Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.:
Encana Corporation is a leading North American unconventional natural gas company operating in the United States under its subsidiary, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. (Encana) and coordinates its operations from its U.S. headquarters in Denver. By partnering with employees, community organizations and other businesses, Encana contributes to the strength and sustainability of the communities where it operates.

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