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Do residential energy efficiency measures improve physical and mental health?

Goal: Identify and quantify health benefits of energy efficiency measures in single- or multi-family housing.

Data tools: Resident surveys, air pollution monitors, temperature monitors, energy usage data from electric utilities.

Expected outcomes: Previous qualitative and quantitative work suggests residents of more energy efficient homes experience fewer cardiovascular symptoms (e.g., asthma attacks) and fewer exposures... more »

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Does occupational exposure to extreme heat increase the likelihood of serious injuries?

Goal: Quantify a fuller range of heat-health risks to inform worker safety protocols as climate change increases the likelihood of extreme heat.

Methods: Use a combination of worker's compensation data, surveys, and individual temperature and humidity sensors to associate heat exposure with severe injuries. Data collection could be limited to working hours, or extended to non-work hours to capture heat exposure at home.... more »

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