Along with federal and provincial partners, the City of Toronto this week announced a new, long-term partnership model with eight Toronto universities and colleges – including the University of Toronto – to lead research related to the pandemic.
U of T will be working with Ryerson University on a study of how COVID-19 has affected air pollution, with changes in transportation patterns, energy use and employment and industrial operations before, during and after the pandemic. The researchers include Greg Evans, a professor in U of T’s department of chemical engineering and applied chemistry in Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, and Matthew Adams, an assistant professor in the department of geography, geomatics and environment at U of T Mississauga. Through Mitacs internships, graduate students will have an opportunity to get involved with the study.
Excerpted from “City partners with U of T, other local colleges and universities on COVID-19 research,” U of T News, November 12, 2020.
Toronto Ambient Air Quality Impacts from COVID-19
Air pollution and climate change are inextricably linked. This project will identify sources of air pollution within Toronto that may result from changes in transportation patterns, energy use, employment and industrial operations before, during, and after the pandemic. This information will aid in the analysis of ongoing work being undertaken under TransformTO, the City’s Climate Change Action Plan, specifically as it pertains co-benefit analysis of air quality and resulting health impacts when undertaking greenhouse gas mitigation action.
City division: Environment and Energy Division
Partners: Ryerson University, University of Toronto
Source: City of Toronto Research Partnership with Toronto’s Higher Education Institutions, November 9, 2020.