Eri Saikawa is a professor and environmental scientist at Emory University who uses curiosity to propel climate solutions that promote a healthier environment in Atlanta's neighborhoods. Eri's passion for science and care for the community inspired her to ask important questions about the intersections of air pollution, agricultural emissions, and climate change. Eri's work through the Hercules Research Center at Emory has included a partnership with the historic Westside Gardens for soil testing. That testing uncovered that some residential lots had very high levels of lead contamination with over 400 parts per million (ppm), which can have dangerous health repercussions, including developmental issues for children. Recognizing environmental injustices thanks to the power of scientific testing has inspired new passions in Eri to build community power for just solutions. Eri has uniquely combined her interests in science and community engagement to help draw down emissions and remediate pollution in ways that are helping to create a more just and sustainable world.
Atlanta: Episode #
—Tuesday, November 15, 2022