CLEARING THE AIR:

Indoor Environments and

Health and Justice

Smart Kids, Cool Seniors

This project, funded by the National Science Foundation and in partnership with the community of Elizabeth, NJ, seeks to protect Seniors during life-threatening summer heatwaves, while taking into account poor outdoor and indoor air quality. It also supports community efforts for kids by providing STEM education opportunities.

Panelists:

  • Jenn Senick, Sr. Executive Director, Rutgers Center for Green Building  & Center for Urban Policy Research
  • Gediminas Mainelis, Ph.D. Professor of Environmental Sciences

Using fossil fuels for energy has affected our health, created environmental injustices in frontline communities and promoted climate change. Hear from activists and academics on what needs to happen in order for us to live healthier lives and protect future generations. 

  • Jose Guillermo Cedeno Laurent, MSc, ScD, Assistant Professor Rutgers University, EOHSI  
  • Halimah Shabazz
  • Elyse Pivnick, MCP, Senior Advisor, Isles 

Watch Session I - October 27, 2023

Welcome

The Environmental Health and Justice Summit was designed in partnership with our Community Advisory Board. 77 people registered and 57 people attended the in-person kickoff held from 9am to 3pm at the College Avenue Student Center in New Brunswick.

 

  • Helmut Zarbl, PhD, EOHSI Director – Professor – NIEHS Center Director Rutgers University- School of Public Health EOHSI – Toxicology
  • Rob Laumbach, MD, MPH, CIH, Associate Professor Rutgers School of Public Health, Director, Community Outreach and Engagement, CEED, EOHSI,
  • Kerry Margaret Butch, Community Engagement Coordinator, Rutgers CEED

Introduction to Indoor Environments

 

Researchers commented about what we might be exposed to in our environment in different settings and how it might impact health.

  • In the Shower: Emily Barrett, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Epidemiology Concentration Director, Rutgers School of Public Health
  • In the Living Room: Zorimar Rivera-Nunez, Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, EOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Biosciences
  • Using Public Transportation or Your Car: Howard Kipen, MD, MPH, Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health, Chief, Clinical Research & Occupational Medicine Division, EOHSI, Rutgers School of Public Health
  • In the Kitchen: Mike Gochfeld, MD, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • In the Office: Rob Laumbach, MD, MPH, CIH, Associate Professor Rutgers School of Public Health, Director, Community Outreach and Engagement, CEED, EOHSI

What’s in Your Home Environment?

 

  • Brian Buckley, PhD, Executive Director, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute
  • Anthony Diaz, Executive Director, Newark Water Coalition
  • Elyse Pivnick, MCP, Senior Advisor, Isles

What’s in Your School Environment?

 

  • Nikki Baker, Organizer, Healthy Schools Coalition, New Jersey Work Environment Council
  • Allen Barkkume, Industrial Hygienist, New Jersey Work Environment Council
  • Jose Guillermo Cedeno Laurent, MSc, ScD, Assistant Professor Rutgers University, EOHSI

Featured Speaker-Dr. Leonard Bielory

 

Discussion of the role of indoor allergens in causing and exacerbating allergies and asthma, and what people can do to reduce their risk, personally and collectively.

Carbon Dioxide: What We Know and What We Need to Know

 

Howard Kipen, MD, MPH, Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health, Chief, Clinical Research & Occupational Medicine Division, EOHSI, Rutgers School of Public Health

Indoor Air and COVID

 

Helmut Zarbl, PhD, EOHSI Director – Professor – NIEHS Center Director Rutgers University- School of Public Health EOHSI – Toxicology

Stations- Hands on Activities – Sessions- at Tables

Air Purifiers- Commercial and D.I.Y. low-cost air purifier (Corsi-Rosenthal box)- Rob Laumbach

Tables:

  • Jason Ajiake, New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance
  • Cassie Bollinger, Lead Free- NJ

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