Air Quality

Air Quality

Good air quality is key to promoting respiratory health and the Health and Places Initiative (HAPI) addresses it in the following materials. The main sources of air pollution are area sources (dry cleaners, lawn mowers, etc.), mobile sources (cars, trucks, off-road equipment), and stationary sources (factories, power plants, etc.). These different sources produce different types of pollutants that can cause problems for respiratory health, cardiovascular health, and cancer treatment. Locating sensitive land uses in close proximity to polluting facilities or major roadways can raise health concerns for sensitive populations. Some pollutants tend to have a greater effect over an entire metropolitan area and others drop off fairly quickly away from the source.

Health and Places Initiative (HAPI) Research Brief

Air Quality, Health, and Place [PDF]

External Resources

Click here to view a list of external resources on air quality