CCRUN Seminar Abstracts

CCRUN Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar Series

April 7, 2021

April’s CCRUN seminar will focus on Environmental Justice Research and Action: Examples from a Community-University Relationship in Massachusetts

Seminar Description:

Dr. Patricia Fabian and Dr. Madeleine Scammell of the Boston University School of Public Health, and Roseann Bongiovanni, Executive Director of GreenRoots, a Chelsea-based environmental justice organization, will share examples of climate justice projects including the ongoing C-HEAT: a collaborative study of heat exposure in Chelsea and East Boston, Massachusetts.

About the Speakers    

Patricia Fabian is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Health Department at Boston University School of Public Health. Her research spans the fields of environmental health and engineering, respiratory infectious disease transmission, system sciences and geographical information systems (GIS), with a focus on asthma, indoor air, housing and other aspects of the built environment. She co-directs this project with Dr. Madeleine Scammell, and is interested in understanding the role housing plays in exposure to heat in order to design equitable adaptation strategies.
Madeleine Scammell is an Associate Professor of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health and a resident of Chelsea, MA. She studies exposure to heat, metals and pesticides among workers in Central America and leads the Mesoamerican Nephropathy Occupational Study (MANOS). Her research is community-based with a focus on developing research methods that incorporate community perspectives using the tools of epidemiology and risk analysis.

Roseann Bongiovanni is the executive director of GreenRoots, the Chelsea-based environmental justice organization and collaborator on the C-HEAT project. She has her master’s in public health from Boston University.