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  • ATSDR Brownfield/Land Reuse Initiative Community health is an important part of land revitalization. ATSDR works to include health considerations in Brownfield redevelopment and land reuse. ATSDRs Brownfield / Land Reuse Initiative promotes health, community involvement, partnerships, communication and education.
  • ATSDR Brownfield/Land Reuse Initiative. ATSDR Action Model The ATSDR Brownfields /Land Revitalization Action Model helps the diverse members of the development community officials, developers, community supporters, and residents, find ways to make health part of the renewal process. Communities can use the action model to identify common goals to incorporate these goals in strategic planning. PDF Version ( 2 pp, 56K, About PDF)
  • ATSDR Brownfield/Land Reuse Initiative. ATSDR Dose Calculator. The ATSDR Dose Calculator is a computer program that allows users to computer the amount of a toxic substance an individual may be exposed to (dose). Users of this tool can select from air, soil, water, or fish consumption scenarios; customize exposure parameters; and review ATSDR and EPA health comparison values, among other features. PDF Version (2 pp, 409K, About PDF)
  • Citizens Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety (PDF) (54 pp, 1,921K, About PDF) This is a publication designed to help consumers understand what steps to take to control pests in and around the home. It also addresses alternatives to chemical pesticides, including pest prevention and non-chemical pest controls. The idea here is that consumers should be able to control pests without risking their family's health or harming the environment.
  • Coal Combustion Products Partnership (C2P2) Program This program is a cooperative effort between EPA, the coal combustion products (CCP) industry, and partners to help promote the beneficial use of CCPs and the associated environmental, economic, and performance benefits.
  • Community Matters: Information for Communities The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Web pages for communities allows you to find information about the agency 24 hours a day. ATSDR is a federal public health agency in Atlanta, Georgia. The agency's mission is to prevent harm to human health and diminished quality of life from exposure to hazardous substances found at waste sites, in unplanned releases, and in other sources of pollution present in the environment. ATSDR identifies communities where people might be exposed to hazardous substances in the environment
  • Design For Environment Program The Design for the Environment (DfE) program is one of EPA's premier partnership programs, working with individual industry sectors to compare and improve the performance and human health and environmental risks and costs of existing and alternative products, processes, and practices. DfE partnership projects promote integrating cleaner, cheaper, and smarter solutions into everyday business practices.
  • E-cycling Electronics can present an environmental hazard if they are disposed of improperly. With an average of four pounds of lead in many older TV picture tubes or computer monitors, along with other potentially hazardous materials, electronics call for special handling at the end of their lives.
  • ENERGY STAR ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. The ENERGY STAR website provides information directly to interested consumers about the products that qualify for the ENERGY STAR. This information encompasses more than 18,000 individual product models across more than 1,250 manufacturers. It includes savings that can be expected, stores that carry the products, and environmental benefits that will result from using the products.
  • Environmental Health Perspectives Monthly open-access peer-reviewed journal of environmental health, includes not only scientific articles, but monthly articles on various environmental health topics aimed at general public; also includes podcasts on selected topics
  • Green Communities: How Do We Get There? The Green Communities is a comprehensive guide and toolkit that walks communities through the process of assessing their environment, identifying environmental trends, creating a vision of what they want to be, developing a plan of action to get them there, and implementing that plan. This chapter provides a framework for action planning, and suggests tools and resources to help develop plans.
  • Green Communities: Let's Go! The Green Communities is a comprehensive guide and toolkit that walks communities through the process of assessing their environment, identifying environmental trends, creating a vision of what they want to be, developing a plan of action to get them there, and implementing that plan. This chapter provides a variety of tools that can help implement action plans. Some tools require a high level of technical expertise, others can be implemented by high school students and interested volunteers.
  • Green Homes and Schools The website provides information and links for addressing health and environmental concerns arising in and from homes and schools.
  • Greenbuilding Information and links addressing health and environmental concerns arising from buildings.
  • Healthy School Environments The Healthy School Environments website is a one-stop location for information and links to school environmental health issues. The website is intended to serve as a gateway to online resources to help facility managers, school administrators, architects, design engineers, school nurses, parents, teachers and staff address environmental health issues in schools
  • Make a Difference Campaign EPA's "Make a Difference" campaign encourages young people to reduce waste in their homes, schools, and communities. The resources will help students learn about the environmental impacts of the products they use everyday and will enable them to make informed decisions to help protect the environment.
  • Medical Wastes This site provides information on the management and hazards of the medical wastes. The disease-causing potential of medical waste is greatest at the point of generation and naturally tapers off after that point, thus presenting more of an occupational concern rather than a generalized environmental concern. Risk to the general public of disease caused by exposure to medical waste is likely to be much lower than risk for the occupationally exposed individual.
  • National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures We all expect to be kept safe from harmful chemical exposures. As part of their mission to protect public health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) are supporting the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures. The goal is to develop an action agenda clear, achievable recommendations that can help government agencies and other organizations strengthen their efforts to protect the public from harmful chemical exposures. CDC and ATSDR are engaging a broad range of groups and individuals, government agencies, professional organizations, tribal groups, community and nonprofit organizations, health professionals, business and industry leaders, and members of the public to develop the action agenda.
  • Other EPA Programs (PDF) (12 pp, 133K, About PDF) Other EPA programs that are most likely to impact Superfund site activities are RCRA, Air, Water, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances. Each of these programs pursues its own mission under separate statutes, and any or all of them may be at work in the area affected by your site. Consulting the other programs when planning Superfund site actions helps avoid potential conflicts with the jurisdictions and regulations of these other program
  • Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units Exit EPA Disclaimer Contact information and resources, including factsheets and on-line training, from a network of experts in CEH, co-funded by EPA and ATSDR to ensure that children and communities have access to, usually at no cost, special medical knowledge and resources for children faced with a health risk due to a natural or human-made environmental hazard
  • Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) PESP is a voluntary program that forms partnerships with pesticide users to reduce the health and environmental risks associated with pesticide use. The goal of PESP is to reduce pesticide risk in both agricultural and nonagricultural settings. This website provides links to information on how to join the PESP membership, strategies, grant opportunities, publications and other resources.
  • Product Stewardship Partnerships The voluntary product stewardship partnerships are designed to work with manufacturers, retailers, other governments and non-government organizations to reduce the life-cycle impacts of products.
  • Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH) One of the principal goals of a community environmental health assessment (CEHA) process is to improve the health status of a community and thereby to achieve CDCs Healthy Communities Goal: Increase the number of communities that protect, and promote health and safety and prevent illness and injury in all their members.
  • Public Health Assessments and Health Consultations As a result of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, also known as the Superfund law of 1980, funds have been set up to identify and clean up our country's hazardous waste sites. Since 1986, ATSDR has been required by law to conduct a public health assessment at each of the sites on the EPA National Priorities List. The aim of these evaluations is to find out if people are being exposed to hazardous substances and, if so, whether that exposure is harmful and should be stopped or reduced. If appropriate, ATSDR also conducts public health assessments when petitioned by concerned individuals.
  • Reducing Pesticide Risks EPA gives priority in its registration program for conventional chemical pesticides to pesticides that meet reduced risk criteria: low-impact on human health, low toxicity to non-target organisms (birds, fish, and plants), low potential for groundwater contamination, lower use rates, low pest resistance potential, and compatibility with Integrated Pest Management. This website provides information on health and safety issues pertinent to pesticide application and usage, how to reduce pesticide risk, and how to protect your children.

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