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- Public health and sustainability go hand in hand. My research focuses on energy extraction of oil and gas and its effects on the environment and human health. Industrial processes used to extract fossil fuels often come with a large carbon footprint and contamination to the surrounding areas. The human health consequences of the air pollution, water pollution, stress and noise of oil, gas, and coal development are well documented. If we work to reduce the environmental impact of industrial processes and energy impact, we also better the health of the people. In addition, environmental exposures are clear pathways to disease. Manganese exposure is associated with Parkinson's, particulate exposure is associated with heart disease, and other heavy metals like arsenic and mercury are clearly associated with health impacts. It's important as public health practitioners for us to understand these relationships and work towards sustainability in conjunction with public health. - Vanessa Lamers, joint degree candidate in Public Health and Forestry and Environmental Studies
- I live in Hamden and ride my bike to work all year around. Biking takes no longer than driving, and I don't have to deal with many traffic-related frustrations. Aside from the obvious economic and environmental incentives associated with not owning a car, I get exercise every day. Additionally, the ride provides me time to think, and this often positively impacts my quality of work each day. - Brian Weiss Associate Research Scientist and Lecturer, Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases
- Health is the product of genes and environment. We cannot do anything about our genes. – Durland Fish, Professor, Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases
I suppose I’ve taken a role in the sustainability police; reminding people around me at opportune times to discard something in the recycle bin, or shut off lights that aren’t being used, or to double-side print jobs, etc. Hopefully these reminders will help to make more permanent changes in these easily adaptable behaviors. - Will Lawson, Operations Manager, Office of Finance and Administration
- One small change I made was to stop killing and start appreciating the beauty of dandelions. We are undoubtedly interwoven with all life on and including this planet. To kill a ‘weed’ is to perpetuate marginalization of all living beings. - Heidi Richard, Dean’s Office Administrative Director and YSPH Sustainability Leader
- I live in Hamden. Instead of driving all the way to the medical area, I park on Lawrence Street, about a mile and a half away, and walk from there to YSPH. This builds 3 miles of a pleasant walk into each day and saves about 750 miles of driving (and carbon emissions) and more than $2,000 in parking fees each year. - Robert Dubrow, Associate Professor, Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology
- I walk or take public transportation almost everywhere. – Ingrid Nembhard, Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
- I commute by train from Hartford. Sustainability to me means that planetary natural resources could support everyone doing the same thing without a negative impact on the global natural capital. Using public transportation is connected with increased physical activity, providing a direct link between sustainability and public health. - Debbie Humphries, Clinical Instructor, Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases
We have an unwritten but well understood rule: no printing without justification. – Heping Zhang, Susan Dwight Bliss Professor, Department of Biostatistics