Dr. Jason West, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was recognized by the organization Clean Air Carolina at a special Airkeeper Awards reception in Raleigh, NC, on March 25.
Dr. West’s research uses computer models to understand the exposure of the global population to outdoor air pollution. His research group has estimated that, around the world, over two million people likely die prematurely each year due to exposure to outdoor air pollution. His work also relates air pollution with climate change, informing decisions to address these problems simultaneously.
Clean Air Carolina’s annual tradition of honoring individuals and organizations for their leadership in air quality protection will highlight the contributions of a diverse group, which also includes an elected official and a respiratory therapist working with pediatric asthma patients.
“This is a wonderful honor,” said Dr. West. “Air pollution is underappreciated for its widespread health effects. It is truly satisfying to know that my research, and that of my colleagues, makes a difference in understanding the health effects of air pollution, and leads to action to address this important threat.”