Expert to give lecture on air, climate and health

Our planet’s changing climate is inextricably linked to our air quality and our health. John Balmes, professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco and California Air Resources board member, will visit CSU to discuss ways the state of California has been tackling air quality, climate and health.

Balmes will present his seminar titled “Air Quality, Climate Change, and Public Health: California’s Integrated Approach,” Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Grey Rock Room. The event, hosted by the Partnership for Air Quality, Climate and Health (PACH) research team, is free and open to the public.

Public health advocate


A world-renowned physician, researcher and public health advocate, Balmes has helped shaped California’s policies on greenhouse gas regulation, healthy schools, low-emission vehicle standards and wildfire response efforts.

“The intertwined challenges of air quality, climate and health are obviously not specific to California. Balmes’ unique perspective has practical applications for global-focused approaches in research and practice,” said John Volckens, associate professor of environmental and radiological health sciences and member of PACH.

Supporting research collaborations

PACH was created to enhance research collaborations in the areas of air quality, climate and health. Part of PACH’s outreach includes seminars with invited speakers who work in these realms.

The team was created in response to the Office of the Vice President for Research’s Catalyst for Innovative Partnership program, which seeks create collaborative research teams to solve global challenges.

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