Environmental justice & air quality

Low-income households and communities of color are disproportionately environmentally disadvantaged, experiencing a wide spectrum of environmental injustices, including poor air quality. We aim to identify interventions that can reduce disparities driven by environmental inequity and characterize associated health impacts, such as reductions in emissions from gasoline-powered vehicles through vehicle repair and clean vehicle purchase incentive programs. We aim to expand our research in this field in the coming years.


Rachel Connolly, Gregory Pierce, Julien Gattaciecca, and Yifang Zhu “Estimating Mortality Impacts from Vehicle Emission Reduction Efforts: The Tune In and Tune Up Program in the San Joaquin Valley”, 2020, submitted to Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 78: 102190. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2019.11.019.

Yifang Zhu, Rachel Connolly, Yan Lin, Timothy Mathews, and Zemin Wang. 2020. Effects of Residential Gas Appliances on Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality and Public Health in California. UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. https://coeh.ph.ucla.edu/effects-residential-gas-appliances-indoor-and-outdoor-air-quality-and-public-health-california.