2020 Airport Noise Ordinance Neighborhood Impact Fund
Legal-name: The Long Beach City College Foundation
Address: 4901 E. Carson Street
City: Long Beach
Title: Executive Director
Tel: (562) 938-4139
Tel-2: (562) 537-8334
Contact-title: Development Manager – Foundation & Grants
Contact-tel: (562) 938-4303
Contact-tel-2: (562) 725-5689
Grant-title: Protective Equipment to Assist Remote Learning (PEARL)
Grant-purpose: To provide in-ear headphones with outside noise suppression to low-income Long Beach City College students living in the flight path area.
What-is-project: We will provide in-ear headphones that provide outside noise suppression to low-income Long Beach City College (LBCC) students living inside the flight path area of the Long Beach Airport (LGB).
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association states that sounds at 85 dBA or higher for extended periods can lead to permanent hearing loss, with the period of time before hearing loss occurring being halved every 3dBA over 85. (https://www.asha.org/public/hearing/loud-noise-dangers/). The City of Long Beach’s Single Event Noise Exposure Level (SENEL) allowance for departures/arrivals from LGB is at 102.5/101.5 dBA during the 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. window (http://www.longbeach.gov/globalassets/lgb/community-information/noise-abatement/lgb-noisebrochurelow). Our concern is that students who manually adjust their volume of their laptop, desktop, or cell phone speakers, or who use headphones with no outside noise suppression or cancelling capability, run the risk of permanent hearing loss in approximately 8 minutes or less if they wish to listen to a lecture without interruption.
By providing headphones with outside noise suppression to low-income students at LBCC, we’re both protecting them from the adverse effects of living within LGB’s flight path and supporting them in their educational endeavors.
We will determine student eligibility based on residence within the flight path and financial aid recipiency as an indicator of financial need. Once eligibility is confirmed, we will coordinate a drive-through pick-up on campus that adheres to the College’s current COVID-19 guidelines and mail the headphones to students that lack personal transportation.
How-will-you-succeed: We will know that we have succeeded when we have distributed 150 pairs of headphones with outside noise suppression to low-income students living in LGB’s flight path. We will share the results of our program, as well as the Long Beach Community Foundation’s Airport Noise Ordinance Neighborhood Impact Fund’s support and generosity, through digital communications with our contact list of ~70,000 people, as well as on our website (www.lbcc.edu/foundation).
Our plan to sustain this program is by utilizing resources from the Viking Student Emergency & Basic Needs Fund, which provides for the emergency needs of LBCC students. We expect the need for headphones with outside noise suppression will abate, but not cease, once instruction is permitted to occur in person, so the cost to sustain the program will lessen over time.
Who-are-you: The Long Beach City College Foundation was established in 1978 to raise funds to support Long Beach City College’s outstanding and evolving learning environment. We currently operate with an endowment of nearly $15 million and fund almost $4 million in student scholarships, faculty and staff grants, program support, and special projects each year.
In February 2020, we established the Viking Student Emergency and Basic Needs fund to better meet the emergency needs of our students. Since then, our efforts to support our students has received over $130,000 in support from alumni, community members, foundations, local businesses, and corporations.
We have a proven track-record of supporting students at LBCC and feel confident in our ability to start this program and continue it into the future.