Smog and air pollution trigger millions of hospital visits and health problems for Americans each year. And indoors, the air we breathe can be up to five times more polluted due to harmful chemicals and poor ventilation. The quality of our air comes at an economic cost. Breathing polluted air is shown to reduce cognitive function affecting our offices, schools and homes.
At its inaugural summit on air, The Atlantic explored the state of air in America and spotlighted ideas and strategies for making the air we breathe cleaner – and our citizens healthier.
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Note: All times are CT
- Thursday, April 20
- 8:30 a.m.WelcomeMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
- 8:35 a.m.How Clean is Our Air?William Becker, Executive Director, National Association of Clean Air Agencies
Harold Wimmer, National President and CEO, American Lung Association
Tonya Winders, President and CEO, Allergy and Asthma Network
With Ron Brownstein, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
- 9:00 a.m.Chicago's StoryJulie Morita, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health
With Joie Chen, Contributor, AtlanticLIVE
- 9:15 a.m.Indoor Air: A Design ChallengeJoseph Allen, Director of Healthy Buildings Program and Assistant Professor of Exposure Assessment Science, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Carol Ross Barney, Founder and President, Ross Barney Architects
Judy Frydland, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Buildings
With Joie Chen, AtlanticLIVE
- 9:40 a.m.Underwriter Perspective produced by CHEST Foundation and Boehringer IngelheimJoel Africk, President and Chief Executive Officer, Respiratory Health Association
Rudy Anderson, Associate Executive Director, CHEST Foundation
Jay Peters, Chief, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; Trustee, CHEST Foundation
With Kristi Bruno, Director of Communications, Media and Marketing, American College of Chest Physicians
- 9:50 a.m.The Geography of AsthmaRuchi Gupta, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
Kimberly Wasserman-Nieto, Executive Director, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
With Ron Brownstein,The Atlantic
- 10:15 a.m.Weather and the Changing ClimateTom Skilling, Chief Meteorologist, WGN-TV
Donald Wuebbles, Harry E. Preble Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
With Greta Johnsen, Weekend Anchor/Reporter, WBEZ 91.5 Chicago
- 10:40 a.m.The Lung Cancer Connection Chris Draft, Former NFL Linebacker, Founder and President of Chris Draft Family Foundation
Jill Feldman, Lung Cancer Survivor
John Howington, Chairman of Thoracic Surgery; Co-Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program, Saint Thomas Health
With Joie Chen, AtlanticLIVE
- 11:10 a.m.What Can Data Teach Us?Charlie Catlett, Director, Array of Things Project; Director, Urban Center for Computation and Data; Senior Computer Scientist Argonne National Laboratory, University of Chicago
Danielle DuMerer, Acting Commissioner and Chief Information Officer, Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology
With Greta Johnsen, WBEZ
- 11:30 a.m.Closing ThoughtsMargaret Low, AtlanticLIVE
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