Housing is key to both climate mitigation and adaptation, but designing optimal interventions is challenging given the need to consider carbon emissions, indoor air, thermal comfort, energy bills, and more. These issues are particularly challenging for low-income households, where energy insecurity can pose considerable challenges and access to air conditioning and adequate ventilation are more limited. This presentation will give an overview of the multiple connections between housing and climate change, considering exposure disparities and complex tradeoffs that occur in a warming climate.
This webinar is co-hosted by the Center for the Environment and Health at Massachusetts General Hospital and the MGH Institute of Health Professions (IHP) Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health.
Jon Levy is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health at Boston University School of Public Health. His research centers on urban environmental exposure and health risk modeling, with an emphasis on spatiotemporal exposure patterns and related environmental justice issues. Application areas include air pollution, climate change, and COVID-19. He co-directed the Center for Research on Environmental and Social Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course (CRESSH), which involved interdisciplinary research activities connecting environmental epidemiology, exposure science, and health disparities modeling, with a focus on the indoor environment and community-engaged research.