STI helped the U.S. EPA support sustainable development (smart growth) while minimizing near-road pollutant exposure. STI and our study partner Arup developed best practice guidance that can reduce or eliminate near-road pollution exposure while supporting mixed-used development. To complete this work, STI conducted a literature review and developed outreach materials on near-road pollution. The primary audience is community officials, school administrators, and urban transportation planners; however, materials are also relevant for the general, non-scientific public. We completed work in collaboration with several EPA programs and offices, including: the Office of Research and Development (ORD), the Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ), the Office of Sustainable Communities’ Building Blocks Program, and the Office of Children’s Health Protection.
As part of this work, STI and our study partners worked with the EPA to develop a national guidance document, Best Practices for Reducing Near-Road Air Pollution Exposure at Schools. The guidance offers strategies to reduce student exposure to traffic-related air pollution.