Evelyn Tejeda

(MPH Environmental Health)

Evelyn’s professional background is in healthcare as a physical therapist, but her fascination with the indoor built environment and its effect on occupant health and well-being led her to go back to school for her MPH in Environmental Health. Now she seeks to promote health and wellness on a broader scale, integrating the built environment and sustainability. Having lived and traveled both domestically and abroad, she experienced how drastically an environment can affect one’s well-being—both positively and negatively. Pollution, high altitude, and climate were factors to contend with, but more concerning were the indoor pollutants encountered inside homes and workplaces. Evelyn’s capstone project takes a closer look at the central HVAC’s plumbing connections for condensate disposal and its potential for introducing contaminants into supply air.