UCLA researchers awarded $1 million in funding to study ambient and indoor air quality within disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles

September 2, 2018

The California Energy Commission awarded the California Center for Sustainable Communities (CCSC) (within the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA) $1 million in funding for a three-year research study on the impact of various sustainability strategies on indoor and ambient air quality within disadvantage communities. Researchers from the center are collaborating with Michael Jerrett, an environmental health science professor and chair from the Fielding School of Public Health, for a big data project to analyze the impact of various decarbonization pathways on individuals’ exposure to harmful air pollutants within a disadvantaged community in the Southern San Gabriel Valley. As California considers different decarbonization strategies, researchers aim to identify which strategies may result in additional benefits, such as reduced exposure to the harmful combustion bi-products associated with natural gas. The study began on September 1, 2018.

The research team includes:

PI: Stephanie Pincetl (Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities; Professor-in-Residence at the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability)
Michael Jerrett (Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA)
Felicia Federico (Executive Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities)
Eric Fournier (Research Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities)
Diane Gonzales (Postdoctoral Researcher in the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA)
Dan Cheng (GIS Programmer of the LA Energy Atlas developed by the California Center for Sustainable Communities)

For more information, visit the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.