The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Monday announced the award of $30 million to three universities to be used to investigate regional differences in air pollution and the effects of global climate change, technology, and societal choices on local air quality and health.
Carnegie Mellon University was awarded $10 million to create a new Center for Air, Climate and Energy Solutions.
“We eagerly anticipate the centers’ new models and research insights that will lead to improved air quality and public health,” said Dan Costa, national program director for EPA’s air, climate and energy research program. “Understanding how to maintain and improve air quality as the climate changes is the first step in working together to reduce risks.”
The other two universities receiving grants were Harvard and Yale.
Since 1999, the work of EPA’s own staff scientists has been complemented by EPA funded research centers that enable some of the nation’s best scientific experts in academia to research pressing environmental issues.
Research results from these centers have contributed significantly to advancing air quality and environmental health science, and have been used by researchers and policymakers around the world.
The centers announced Monday represent the next generation of these important and productive air research centers.
For more details on the CMU grant, visit the CMU Center for Air, Climate and Energy Solutions grant webpage.For more information on air, climate and energy research, visit EPA’s Air Research webpage.