Erica Walker, RGSS Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and founder of the Community Noise Lab at Brown University, is working with Cranston residents to tackle noise pollution stemming from a local police training facility and firing range. Situated just across the road from Western Hills Middle School and Cranston West High School, the firing range has raised concerns about how it might affect students’ learning and the community’s overall well-being.
To address these issues, the Community Noise Lab and Swearer Center at Brown University organized a forum titled, "Firing Back" held on November 13 at the School of Public Health.
At the event, Juliet Fang, a second-year undergraduate student at Brown studying Public Health and Geology-Biology, shared data indicating that the noise levels from the firing range were higher than what the city of Cranston legally allows. Her study underscored the link between noise pollution and various health issues, including disrupted sleep, heightened stress, and cognitive impairments, as well as chronic conditions like hypertension and heart disease.