Drew Michanowicz is a Visiting Scientist at Harvard Chan C-CHANGE and is also part of The Nature Conservancy’s NatureNet Science Fellows Program class of 2015.
Drew’s research interests are related to poorly understood and emerging environmental hazards on both global- and community-level scales. One such emerging issue is the penetration of renewables into an aging and poorly adaptable energy system. To better inform the public and policy makers, we are developing a national census-like database of determinants of energy infrastructural integrity, starting with underground natural gas storage. These data can be utilized to measure hazard consequence and triage management policies based on risks to public health. Additionally, Drew and colleagues are developing a 3D air quality monitoring drone using gas sensing technologies that can be deployed in spaces previously inaccessible to traditional sampling methods.
Drew received both a Master and Doctor of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. In 2009, Drew received an Environmental Health Risk Assessment Certification and passed the National Board Certification of Public Health exam.
Law meant to push drilling further from houses had little impact, study finds
Grandfathered wells and exemptions put wells closer to homes, new study finds.
Pennsylvania setback regulations for fracking do not prevent setback incidents
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The next Aliso Canyon could happen on L.A.’s Westside
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Where to build global renewable energy to do the most good—a guide for sustainable investments
New metrics can guide investors and policymakers working to reach sustainable development goals.
Where to install renewable energy to get the greatest climate and health benefits in the U.S.
A guide for state and national policymakers designing climate plans and for utility and investor decisions.
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Models offer guidance for state and national policymakers designing climate action plans.
TRECH Project Research Update on Health Benefits of TCI Policy Scenarios
Exploring how different transportation policies could influence health through better air quality and increases in physical activity.
Problematic Natural Gas Storage Well Design Said Widely Used in U.S.
Many underground natural gas storage wells are potentially dangerous and need more regulation, says our Research Associate Drew Michanowicz.
Many More People Live Closer To Underground Gas Storage Wells Than Previously Thought
An estimated 20,000 homes and 53,000 people in predominantly suburban areas of PA, OH, WV, MI, NY, and CA live within a city block of active underground natural gas storage wells.