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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Formally Launches the Air Quality and Community Health Subcommittee, Co-Chaired by CPO’s Monika Kopacz


The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) launched the Air Quality and Community Health Research Subcommittee (ACRS) this week to advance and coordinate important research on air quality and associated community level health impacts and exposure disparities, with a focus on communities with environmental justice concerns. To celebrate the launch and begin the subcommittee’s work, OSTP hosted a hybrid meeting in Washington, DC, attended by CPO’s Shiv Das along with Greg Frost of NOAA CSL, Shobha Kondragunta of NOAA NESDIS, and Juan Hurtado of NOAA’s Office of Education. ACRS will be led collaboratively by NOAA, EPA, and NIEHS and co-chaired by CPO’s Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle and Climate (AC4) Program Manager Monika Kopacz, with Greg Frost as the alternate. This group builds upon the work of the previously chartered Air Quality Research Subcommittee, expanding the scope to include community health and committing to seek input from communities about their work to advance air quality research, community health, and environmental justice solutions. The subcommittee aims to coordinate events and initiatives including field studies as early as 2023, engaging participants from NOAA, NSF, EPA, DOE, NASA, and other air quality and health relevant agencies.

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