Environmental Justice

Can trees clean up jet pollution?
Blog entry | June 25, 2020
  Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed New York’s Central Park, once called trees the lungs of the city. Trees and shrubs filter a variety of air pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide, ozone and particulate matter. But could they also benefit communities near airports by absorbing harmful ultrafine particles from aircraft exhaust?
Master of disaster
Blog entry | June 17, 2020
Given the extraordinary challenges of this year’s pandemic, the students of the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) needed a superhero. Watch a student video honoring Nicole Errett
Food systems students foster resilience
Blog entry | June 02, 2020
This spring, the first group of undergraduates to complete the UW Nutritional Sciences Program’s Food Systems, Nutrition and Health major are taking the knowledge they’ve acquired and applying it to help their communities.
Latino Center honors DEOHS scholars
Blog entry | May 19, 2020
Magali Blanco and Gabino Abarca from the University of Washington School of Public Health were selected to take part in the inaugural Latino Center for Health Student Scholars Fellowship program.
Diversifying the face of health care
Blog entry | May 03, 2020
Sumaya Aden BS, Environmental Health Hometown Federal Way, WA Future plans Going to medical school after graduation in 2021 “I like seeing how things happen and why and the data behind it.” - Sumaya Aden
Coronavirus guidance for farming, forestry and fishing
Blog entry | April 29, 2020
Each spring, seasonal farmworkers arrive in the Pacific Northwest for the planting season. This year, they’ve been met with a public health emergency.
Heat risk for farmworkers
Blog entry | April 28, 2020
Read the news release Workers who pick our fruits and vegetables already face harsh conditions in fields during summer harvest months. Those conditions will worsen significantly over the coming decades.
The water protector
Blog entry | April 14, 2020
Ola i ka Wai. Water is life. Tyler Gerken MS, Environmental Health Hometown: Kea’au, Hawai’i Island, HI Future plans: A career in the US Public Health Service, perhaps as an environmental health officer for the National Park Service or the Indian Health Service
US foreign policy could halt today’s major killers, prevent tomorrow’s outbreaks
Blog entry | November 19, 2019
According to the analysis, “strategic investments in a coordinated global-pandemics initiative would likely have a return ratio of between $17 and $20 on every $1 spent.” Curbing pandemics might also address shared global challenges, such as gender and social inequalities, and support climate adaptation and mitigation.
The lifelong health impacts of business as usual
Blog entry | November 14, 2019
Babies born today will face unprecedented health risks and life-long health consequences from rising temperatures, according to new research published Wednesday from The Lancet.
A voice for farmworkers
Blog entry | October 08, 2019
Maria Blancas, a UW PhD student and staff member in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), will receive the 2019 Bullitt Environmental Prize for her work with immigrant farmworkers in Washington.
Mapping environmental inequality
Blog entry | July 15, 2019
Washington is on the road to 100 percent clean energy with the passage of a new law championed by Gov. Jay Inslee that sets targets for achieving zero-carbon electricity by 2045.
“What are they getting exposed to out there?”
Blog entry | April 29, 2019
J.C. Harris lives on a cul-de-sac directly in the flight path of Sea-Tac International Airport’s third runway. For Harris, a University of Washington study analyzing air traffic’s impact on air quality in communities near and below Sea-Tac flight paths is far from academic.
Mapping Washington’s environmental health disparities
Blog entry | January 09, 2019
It was at the height of California’s worst drought on record that Esther Min saw for herself the power of data to help low-income families. “People’s water bills were skyrocketing, wells were drying up, families were driving miles away to buy bottled water,” said Min, who was working on a water-access study in the Salinas Valley in 2014.
Environmental justice for Washington and beyond
Blog entry | October 17, 2018
What exactly is environmental justice, and how can we advance it through the law in Washington and beyond?
Who is hurt the most by climate change?
Blog entry | August 21, 2018
Climate change in Washington state affects us all—but not all of us in the same way. Your job, your zip code and your race are more likely to determine your level of risk from climate change than the frequency or magnitude of events associated with climate change like heat waves, wildfires and drought.
An emerging leader
Blog entry | August 08, 2018
Vanessa Galaviz, lecturer in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), is being recognized by the American Public Health Association (APHA) as an emerging leader in environmental health.
“Their voices can be quite powerful”
Blog entry | June 14, 2018
At the Western Hemisphere’s busiest land border crossing, tens of thousands of vehicles wait each day, engines idling, to cross between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. Researchers know that the 30,000 residents of San Ysidro, on the US side of the crossing, live with spikes in air pollution, higher levels of asthma and other negative effects from those car emissions.
Kelly Edwards
Faculty Member | January 16, 2020
I am an Affiliate Professor of Bioethics in the UW School of Medicine with 20+ years of scholarship, research, and teaching in the field of bioethics. I spent 7 years as the Associate Dean for Student and Postdoctoral Affairs within the UW Graduate School and have a passion for professional development in and out of academic careers.
Stephanie A Farquhar
Faculty Member | November 14, 2019
Dr. Stephanie Ann Farquhar is a Clinical Professor at University of Washington School of Public Health, Department of Health Services & the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. She is a Senior Social Research Scientist at Public Health - Seattle King County Health Department. Dr.
Robert Duff
Faculty Member | October 11, 2019
Rob received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1986. Rob's interest's moved from cancer research to toxicology and, in 1993, he received a Master of Science degree from the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Patricia Cirone
Faculty Member | October 11, 2019
Dr. Patricia Cirone retired from the U.S. Environmental Protection, Region 10 (USEPA) in 2006 where she served as the Chief of the Risk Evaluation Unit for over 20 years. Since retiring Dr. Cirone has been an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and a consultant with Ridolfi, Inc.
Sheela Sathyanarayana
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Associate Professor within the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington. Her research interests focus on exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals including phthalates and bisphenol A and their impact on reproductive development. Dr.
Alison Cullen
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Alison Cullen joined the Evans School faculty at University of Washington in 1995. Her research involves the analysis of risks to human health and the environment, decision making in the face of risks which are uncertain or vary across populations, and the application of value of information and distributional techniques. 
Charles D. Treser
Faculty Member | October 07, 2019
The general area of my teaching and research involves the applied aspects of environmental health practice, i.e., how the principles and concepts of EH are actually practiced in the field, especially in local, state, tribal and federal EH agencies.
Sharon L. Morris
Faculty Member | October 07, 2019
Howard Frumkin
Faculty Member | October 04, 2019
Howard Frumkin is Professor Emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington School of Public Health, where he served as Dean from 2010-2016. After serving as Dean, he led the “Our Planet, Our Health” initiative at the Wellcome Trust in London from 2018-2019.
Catherine Karr
Faculty Member | September 30, 2019
Dr. Catherine Karr is an environmental epidemiologist and pediatric environmental medicine specialist. She has a primary appointment in the UW Department of Pediatrics, a joint appointment in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and an adjunct appointment in the Department of Epidemiology.