Linnean, with a group of scientists at Tufts University and community activists in Somerville, published a report advocating for stronger municipal regulations to protect communities near highways from ultra-fine particles, a currently unregulated health hazard associated with concentrated traffic pollution. The report, Improving Health in Communities Near Highways, provides the most extensive research in this area of public health, and has received national coverage for its scientific findings, recommended design interventions, and participatory approach.

Linnean facilitated a design charrette with a group of architects, designers, urban planners, public health advocates, and concerned citizens to apply the strategies to sites in the greater Boston area. The charrette and the report received political support from Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and State Representative Denise Povost, and have contributed to efforts to adapt the city’s zoning code to better address the health effects of the city’s air pollution.