The five-year, $10 million grants will be used to establish new multidisciplinary research centers, including the Yale-based SEARCH (Solutions for Energy, AiR, Climate, and Health) Center
. Directed by Michelle Bell
, the Mary E. Pinchot Professor of Environmental Health at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the SEARCH Center will study the relationships between air quality, energy policy, climate change, and public health.
Other centers receiving EPA grants are Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Air, Climate, and Energy Solutions (CASES), and Harvard University’s Regional Air Pollution Mixtures.
“We eagerly anticipate the centers’ new models and research insights that will lead to improved air quality and public health,” said Dan Costa
, national program director for EPA’s air, climate and energy research program. “Understanding how to maintain and improve air quality as the climate changes is the first step in working together to reduce risks.”