EPA funds air quality studies in Northwest

July 29, 2015

SEATTLE — Each school will receive almost $1 million.

SEATTLE — Washington State University (WSU), University of Oregon (UO) and Portland State University (PSU) will receive funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct studies on how climate change affects indoor air quality, according to a press release.

The research will also examine how climate change affects people’s health, noted the release. Each school will receive almost $1 million.

"This research will help us better understand the effects of climate change on indoor air quality," said Tom Burke, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Research in EPA’s Office of Research and Development and the EPA’s science advisor, in the release. "Gaining a better understanding of the interaction between air quality, climate, and energy in an indoor environment will help guide the design of buildings and provide knowledge to respond effectively to changes in indoor air quality that will better protect human health."

WSU’s study is called "Integrated measurements and modeling us US smart homes to assess climate change impacts on indoor air quality," stated the release. UO will explore changes in indoor microorganisms before and after modification for better energy use in its research "Impacts of weatherization on microbial ecology and human health."

PSU’s study is called "Determinants of indoor and outdoor exposure to ozone and extreme heat in a warming climate and the health risks for an aging population," reported the release. The research will look at how building design and management practices also affect indoor air quality.

You can find the entire release here.