Data on air quality are remarkably limited in the poorest of the world’s countries. This is especially true for post conflict and disaster zones, where international relief efforts focus on more salient public health challenges such as water and sanitation, infectious diseases and housing. We use post-earthquake Haiti as an example case and contend there is an unmet need for additional attention to an important health challenge.

Dr. Ann Rappaport has helped develop and implement the hazardous waste regulatory program in Massachusetts, and maintains an active interest in the dynamic relationship between environmental laws and regulations and innovations in environmental technology and corporate management of environmental issues. Her current research interests include enterprise-level decision making with respect to the environment, institutional responses to climate change, voluntary initiatives related to companies and the environment, and contemporary issues in corporate social responsibility. She co-directs the Tufts Climate Initiative, the university commitment to meet or beat the emission reductions associated with the Kyoto Protocol.

Dr. Mary Davis‘s research is broadly focused on environmental health issues, including air pollution, occupational health, children’s health, and biostatistics. Her recent research projects include an investigation of the relationship between the economy and human health, evaluations of working conditions in Haitian apparel factories and in the New England commercial fishing industry, and an assessment of economic trade-offs in marine resource use along the Maine coastline. She is currently the chair of a National Academy of Sciences research panel investigating the effect of noise on children’s learning outcomes, and has testified on multiple occasions at state legislative panels as an advocate for pro-children’s health legislation.


Every week during the academic year, the ENVS Lunch & Learn lecture series features speakers from government, industry, academia and non-profit organizations to give presentations on environmental topics. This is a great opportunity to broaden your knowledge beyond the curriculum, meet other faculty and students and network with the speakers.

Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are welcome to attend.

Food is generously sponsored by the Tufts Institute of the Environment.

You can’t make it to the talk? No problem!