Is There an Association Between Air Pollution and COVID-19 Mortality? @ online
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Is There an Association Between Air Pollution and COVID-19 Mortality? @ online

The air quality in Harris County is influenced by multiple sources of pollution, including extensive road traffic, concrete batch plants, proximity to the largest petrochemical industrial complex in the United States, and port activities in the Houston Ship Channel. It is also important to note that environmental risks are not always uniformly distributed in urban areas like Houston, Harris County, and individuals classified with low socioeconomic status (SES) can become overburdened by environmental exposures. One pollutant of interest is particulate matter, specifically particulate matter of size 2.5 micrometers in diameter (PM2.5). PM2.5 is of particular interest because these fine particles pose the greatest risk to human health due to their small size and ability to reach multiple organs. There are long-term and short-term impacts of PM2.5 pollution on the human respiratory and cardiovascular organ systems. These short and long-term impacts may have contributed to poor outcomes following SARS-CoV-2 infection (COVID-19). The COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted us all. An important public health objective is to identify key modifiable environmental factors that may contribute to the severity of the health outcomes related to this disease. Join Rachel White, MPH, PhD (c), University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, as she takes a deep dive into this topic and discusses how pollution may impact our understanding of respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19.  Time for interactive discussion with the speaker will be provided.  Please register for this talk on at Contact Lisa Brenskelle at with any questions.

Plastic Free EcoChallenge July 1 – 31, online @ online
Jul 1 – Jul 31 all-day
Plastic Free EcoChallenge July 1 - 31, online @ online

Plastic pollution now contaminates the deepest trenches in the ocean, high mountain peaks, and even the air we breathe – plus recently being found in our blood.  Plastic has entered the food chain, killing wildlife, and causing the average person to eat one credit card’s worth of plastic each week. To learn more about this issue & take action to affect change, join the online Plastic Free EcoChallenge in July.  You select the challenges you’d like to accomplish during the month and when/how you do them.   You can join as an individual, create your own team, or join an existing team.  You are invited to consider joining one of the two teams listed below. Learn more at: Contact Lisa Brenskelle, team captain, at

Join the Lutherans Restoring Creation – Gulf Coast team at:

Join the Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston team at: