The Fairbanks North Star Borough is a local government unit similar to a county that covers 7,361 square miles and has approximately 97,000 residents. Within the borough are two cities, Fairbanks and North Pole and several unincorporated communities.
CCHRC developed a model to estimate PM2.5 emissions from residential heating sources in Fairbanks and evaluated a variety of policy options aimed at reducing emissions, finding that these efforts could cut emissions in half.
In the summer of 2004, this project was initiated in response to and in the midst of the heavy smoke in the Fairbanks area due to wildfires. Bill Reynolds of Solutions and Cathy Cahill of the University of Alaska conducted a emergency study to improve indoor air quality and address simple and affordable filtration strategies. Systems were installed in houses of people with a history of respiratory problems and air quality was monitored.