I have plenty of bylines out there in the published universe, so I enjoy doing some ghosting to help clients get thinking, get moving, and get blogging so they can share information about important and timely research with a broad audience. Like "Why Local Air Quality Matters," a blog article for PSE Healthy Energy, the best case scenario is that it ends up being less of a ghost-write and more of a collaboration. Once I get the main architecture drafted, clients -- scientists accustomed to co-writing -- jump right in and define the main content for the piece.
June started with good news: The California Air Resources Board, or CARB, awarded PSE a half-million-dollar grant to conduct local air-quality monitoring in the cities of Richmond, North Richmond, and San Pablo. We received a CARB Community Air Grant to address goals outlined in AB 617, an assembly bill that directs state money to study air quality at a local scale rather than at the more commonly monitored regional scale. The shift to community-based data is important because regional-level measurements are often unable to address community-level air quality concerns and promote effective local policies to mitigate air pollution. Read more.