About Us

Our Mission

To empower and inform you and the global community about the effects and reduction of noise pollution. Currently we are engaged in education and outreach as well as involving governments, non-governmental organizations, and community leaders.


The AQF series of annual Public Outreach Workshops partially fulfill the National Academy of Engineering report, Technology for A Quieter America that calls for organized public outreach to educate and inform Americans about exposure to noise, the effects of noise, noise policy, and noise control [1]. Previous free Public Outreach Workshops on community and environmental noise were held in Baltimore (2010), Seattle (2011), New York City (2012), Denver (2013), Florida (2014), San Francisco (2015), and Rhode Island (2016). Other related meetings in this program have been held in Washington DC (federal agency briefing, 2011), London (ICBEN – 2011), Osaka and Tokyo, Japan (2012 with I-INCE & ICBEN).

Why do Public Outreach Workshops?

Our goal is to make research and information about the effects of noise, noise policy, ways to reduce noise and the vital need to protect natural quiet available to you. We strive to have the workshops and conferences accessible to you regardless of economic status, race, gender, or level of education. This is the reason the workshops are free and open to the public, government employees and organizations. We want a diverse audience and to reach as many people as possible. We believe that change will come through your awareness and desire to see a change in your communities and noise policy.

Noise affects all of us.  Community noise causes many health effects including hypertension, noise induced hearing loss, increased risk of stroke and heart attack, sleep disturbance, obesity, speech interference, and annoyance [2,3]. Noise impairs learning in children and compromises enjoyment of natural surroundings [2]. Collectively, these can reduce quality of life for residents and lower property values.

Noise affects our wildlife, plants, oceans, rivers, forests, ecosystems and our connection to nature. In wildlife populations, noise was shown to be a major factor in the population decline of 234 species of birds and mammals [4]. Other studies have shown anthropogenic noise increases predation due to reduced predator detection, decreases hunting success, reduces pair bonding, causes temporary or permanent hearing loss, decreases fledging rates, causes complete site abandonment in otherwise high quality habitat, reduces survival rates, depresses immune function, contribute to marine mammal stranding, and decreases reproductive success [5,6,7]. These changes in animal behavior and decline in abundance have resulted in reduced plant growth and reproduction [4].

Talking to friends, elected officials, and family about noise, its effects, and actions you can take to reduce noise make a difference. Your voice is important and needed.

Want more information about noise?

Go to our resource page and links page. We use these documents as our foundation: The National Academy of Engineering report, Technology for A Quieter America, Burden of Disease from Environmental Noise (WHO 2011), Technology for a Quieter America (NAE 2010) and Protecting National Park Soundscapes (Reid and Olson 2013).