GGC to host event on impact of air quality on personal health

Georgia Gwinnett College’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety has invited Nyasha Dunkley, deputy state climatologist for the State of Georgia, to campus on Tuesday, April 17 for a presentation on the science used to determine air quality forecasts in Georgia. The discussion, held in Building C, Cisco Auditorium from 11 a.m. to noon, will focus on how it impacts personal health and what individuals can do to improve the air quality in their community.  

“Our office strives to maintain communications that raise awareness concerning workplace and outdoor environmental conditions that may pose health hazards. Bringing professional speakers to campus raises awareness of conditions that have the potential to affect our lives on and off campus.  Accurate and factual information empowers each of us to make educated choices.  Ms. Dunkley’s presentation will provide the science used to develop the air quality index and steps we can take to improve local air quality,” said Marcia Ford, director of Environmental Health and Safety at Georgia Gwinnett.   

Dunkley has worked as a meteorologist and air quality forecaster within the Air Protection Branch of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources since 2002. In her role, she analyzes meteorological surface and upper air data, numerical weather models, satellite imagery and radar, to prepare air quality forecasts for cities across the state. 

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