The Air We Breathe: The State of Pollution Research in Pittsburgh

The Science & Engineering Ambassadors Program hosted a community dialogue on local air quality in partnership with Ambassador Mike Blackhurst and the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center. The event was held at the Carnegie Library in Homewood and drew an audience from the Data Center’s Environmental Justice User Group, nonprofits, and the community.

The discussion focused on research-driven strategies for tackling the region’s air quality challenges. Ambassador experts Neil Donahue, Director of the Steinbrenner Institute at Carnegie Mellon University; Emily Elliott, Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh,  and Kelly Klima, Research Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, talked about the state of knowledge on local air quality and ongoing research at Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh.  Audience members then engaged in breakout discussions with the Ambassadors on actionable steps — from what different regional actors can do to improve air quality, to how the community can connect with and support ongoing air quality research in Pittsburgh.

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