Department of Environmental & Occupational Health

Areas of department research and academic interest include agricultural health and safety, air pollution, chronic beryllium disease, environmental health law and policy, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, and oil and gas activities.

Research highlights

wind turbines in field

Air, water, gas—NSF sustainability research network

This project is a national collaboration among California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado School of Public Health, Colorado State University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Michigan, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the University Center for Atmospheric Research. The mission is to provide a logical, science-based framework for evaluating the environmental, economic, and social trade-offs between natural gas resources and protection of water and air resources, and to convey the results of these evaluations to the public in a way that improves the development of policies and regulations governing natural gas and oil development. 

Faculty: John Adgate, PhD, MSPH

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Health impacts of natural gas development

Department faculty, in collaboration with the Garfield County Public Health Department, conducted a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) to assess the potential health implications of a 200-well natural gas development proposal within the community of Battlement Mesa, Colorado. The health risks associated with natural gas development are not fully understood nor addressed by existing state or federal air rules. Review the basis and rationale for why additional research will help us to better understand the health and air quality issues surrounding natural gas development. 

Faculty: John Adgate, Lisa McKenize