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Please join us on November 28 for a presentation by Fangru Wang, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development at the Georgia Institute of Technology titled, "Analyzing the Impact of Truck Traffic on Small Town and Rural Air Quality and Health"

While urban areas generally experience the most severe air pollution, many freight corridor lane-miles pass through rural areas, generating air pollution in a context that receives comparatively less attention. This research estimates truck-generated air pollution in rural Georgia, USA and attempts to gauge the transferability of urban findings to examine health degradation due to air pollution and environmental injustice in rural Georgia.  Additionally, the study forecasts baseline truck-generated pollutants through 2040 to highlight communities with worsening environmental quality and increased exposure. A four-step methodology was used to estimate truck-generated NO2 and PM2.5 concentrations, and apply literature-derived coefficients describing health risks. A subpopulation analysis of small urban and rural communities is also performed to understand the disparity among vulnerable sectors of the population.  Results of the analysis indicate that although large cities are more exposed to NO2 and PM2.5 than small towns and rural communities, the freight emissions are non-negligible in small urban and rural areas of Georgia. Moreover, as found in urban areas, the communities with the highest current and forecast pollution exposure from trucks disproportionately house racial minority and low-income residents.



Fangru Wang, Ph.D. Candidate

Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development

Georgia Institute of Technology



Tuesday, November 28 | 7:30 AM- 9:00 AM

Program starts promptly at 7:30. 

Serving breakfast and coffee.



Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development

Georgia Institute of Technology

760 Spring Street, Room 235 | Atlanta, GA 30308

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