Workshops

Our mission at ‘A Quieter Future’ is 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.

Why these Public Outreach Workshops matter

It has become increasingly clear that noise has a significant and negative impact on humans, wildlife, and plants.  Community noise causes many health issues and other effects including:

  •  hypertension
  • increased stress
  •  noise induced hearing loss
  • increased risk of stroke and heart attack
  • sleep disturbance
  • obesity
  • speech interference
  • annoyance
  • Impaired learning in children
  • compromised enjoyment of natural surroundings

Collectively, these can reduce quality of life for people and lower property values.

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In wildlife populations, noise was shown to be a major factor in the population decline of 234 species of birds and mammals. Other studies have shown anthropogenic noise negatively impacts wildlife by:

  • Decreasing prey/predator detection
  • reducing ability to find mates
  • causing temporary or permanent hearing loss,
  • causes complete site abandonment in otherwise high quality habitat,
  • reduces survival rates,
  • depresses immune function,
  • contribute to marine mammal stranding, and decreases reproductive success

 

Even in remote areas, the National Park Service has documented excessive noise in national parks and wilderness areas that harm biodiversity. The National Park Service considers noise reduction a high priority and is taking mitigation measures.

Reducing noise in our communities and natural environment greatly benefits wildlife and humans. Our goal is to make research and information about the effects of noise pollution, noise policy, and ways to reduce noise available to you. We strive to have the workshops and conferences accessible to you regardless of economic status, race, gender, or level of education.

Past Workshops

Previous free Public Outreach Workshops

  • Baltimore (2010)
  • Seattle (2011)
  • New York City (2012)
  • Denver (2013)
  • Florida (2014)
  • San Francisco (2015)
  • 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).

Resolution

Successful resolution of these problems requires informed public and political support for improved noise management policy at all levels of government. Other countries have shown this is possible and advantageous. Noise is a unique environmental pollutant: we have the ability and technology today to reduce detrimental noise impacts. It is critical to: (1) encourage and support research on the effects of noise, (2) develop effective and affordable noise control technologies, and (3) implement reasonable and enforceable noise policies.

Citations used:

Kim, Rokho. “Burden of disease from environmental noise.” WHO International Workshop on “Combined Environmental Exposure: Noise, Air Pollutants and Chemicals” Ispra. 2007.

Harding, Anne Helen. “Quantifying the Links Between Environmental Noise Related Hypertension and Health Effects” DEFRA. 201

Benítez-López, Ana, Rob Alkemade, and Pita A. Verweij. “The impacts of roads and other infrastructure on mammal and bird populations: a meta-analysis.” Biological Conservation 143.6 (2010): 1307-1316. View PDF

Francis, Clinton D., and Jesse R. Barber. “A framework for understanding noise impacts on wildlife: an urgent conservation priority.” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11.6 (2013): 305-313 View Link

McClure CJW, Ware HE, Carlisle J, Kaltenecker G., Barber JR. An experimental investigation into the effects of traffic noise on distributions of birds: avoiding the phantom road Proc. R. Soc. B December 22, 2013 280 1773 20132290; View Link

Wright, A. J., Soto, N. A., Baldwin, A. L., Bateson, M., Beale, C. M., Clark, C., … & Martin, V. (2007). Do marine mammals experience stress related to anthropogenic noise?. International Journal of Comparative Psychology20(2) View Link

Olson, Steve, and Proctor Reid, eds. Protecting National Park Soundscapes. National Academies Press, 2013. View Link (you can sign up for a free account and download the paper for no charge.)