- About UHD
- Distance Education
- Financial Aid
- Student Life
"Over the Hills in Milby” – Houston, Texas Photo by Rocky Perez
"We’ve got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"
— Lee Iacocca
CEO/Chairman, Chrysler Corporation, 1979-1992
Air Quality: According to the federal government, more than half of Texans live in areas where air is unhealthy to breathe 1. To reach sustainability, we must protect environmental quality.
Harris County ranks 4th in the U.S. for toxic emissions 2, 5th for smog pollution 3, and has the 7th worst air quality index in the nation 2. About 10% of the toxic emissions in Harris County are from 4 industrial plants in the Milby Park area, home to over 30,000 residents 4.
Most air pollution stems from burning fossil fuels for energy production and transportation. Globally, this results in acid rain, global warming, and ozone depletion.
Ships in the Port of Houston also contribute significantly to Houston Smog. Children living within 2 miles of the Ship Channel are more than 50% more likely to contract a form of leukemia than children living 10 miles away 5.
Air pollution costs Harris County $3 billion annually in missed work and health care costs1. Deaths from air pollution nationwide are estimated to be over 130,000 per year 6.
Page maintained by CST Web Support Technician
Last updated or reviewed on 10/1/10