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Regional Sustainable Environmental Science (RESES)

FY12 Proposals

 Region(s) Title / Timeline Objective  ORD Contact  Regional Contact


A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in a Springfield, Mass., environmental justice community elementary school to evaluate proposed remediation scenarios for indoor sources and near-roadway transportation exposures
[Springfield, MA]

The fully developed HIA aims to examine the health, environmental, and economic impacts of the planned school renovation options being considered by the city of Springfield, Mass.  Another objective is producing tools and approaches to conduct HIAs that other communities can use for sustainable solutions and to generalize lessons learned regarding previous school siting and remediation issues.

  • Valerie Zartarian
  • Florence Fulk
  • MaryBeth Smuts
  • George Frantz
Proposed Timeline
Aug. 2012 to Jul. 2013


Citizen monitoring of water quality and sanitation in a rural Puerto Rico watershed
[Guánica Bay, Puerto Rico]

The project aims to increase awareness of sanitation issues in the lower Guánica watershed by initiating citizen surveys of water quality and sewage infrastructure.  Citizen volunteers will be assembled and trained to collect water samples from targeted locations. These will then be analyzed for fecal bacteria indicators. Samples with high counts will be documented by the type of treatment and condition of sewage. Mapping of results will help identify risks associated with potential contact and ingestion exposures to help improve citizen awareness and motivate action to reduce the problem.

  • Stephanie Friedman
  • William Fisher
  • Evelyn Huertas
  • Kristina Heinemann
Proposed Timeline
Oct. 2012- Dec. 2014


Conducting a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in the Proctor Creek District of Atlanta, Ga., to assess the distribution of environmental and health impacts as green infrastructure approaches to community revitalization
[The Proctor Creek District of Atlanta, GA]

The primary project objective is to engage in the HIA process and produce a final HIA report that will provide health protection and health promotion recommendations on decisions around green infrastructure approaches to storm water management, ecosystem restoration, and community revitalization as they relate to Proctor Creek and its tributaries — an environmental justice community.

  • Florence Fulk
  • Tami Thomas-Burton
Proposed Timeline
Aug. 2012 to Sept. 2013



Development of a sustainability tool for Tribal housing decision making
[Denver, CO]


The project aims to: (1) Assess traditional/existing and alternative tribal housing using the three pillars of sustainability – environment, society, and economics.

(2) Develop a sustainability tool to assist tribes in making housing decisions that promote healthy, energy efficient, economically viable, and culturally relevant homes.

  • Douglas Gross
  • Brian Dyson
  • Verle Hanson
  • Susan Shock
  • Barbara Dehnert
  • Alfreda Mitre
  • Kate Gregory
  • Ron Schiller
  • Deb Lebow-Aal
  • Tim Rehder
  • Jennifer Wintersteen
  • Michael Wenstrom
  • Jaslyn Dobrahner

   (R9 representatives)

Proposed Timeline
Jan. 2013 to Oct. 2014



Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Environmental Justice (EJ) Analysis – developing a rapid assessment tool for assessing environmental justice and community health impacts
[Seattle, WA]

The project will create a template and decision process to guide environmental justice analysis across programs and decisions, locate the portion or whole of the analysis that could be covered by HIA through the tiered model of HIA (including collaboration with partners), and apply the approach to one or more case studies of varying timeframes and impact levels.

  • Devon Payne-Sturges
  • Rochelle Labiosa
  • Wenona Wilson
Proposed Timeline
Oct. 2012 to Sep. 2014

R1, R2, R3, R4, R7, and R10

Working with communities to develop practical measures of sustainability
[Region Wide]


The project aims to develop the key research products resulting from this RESES project will be community-vetted tools that the Regions can use to assist other communities in making decisions that affect their sustainability. 
  • Marc Russell
  • Anne Keller (R4) lead Regional contact
  • Rosemary Monahan (R1)
  • Rabi Kieber (R2)
  • Marie Holman (R3)
  • David Doyle (R7)
  • Melanie Wood (R10)

Proposed Timeline
Oct. 2012 to Sept. 2014

RESES Task Regional Sustainable Environmental Sciences
  • Dan Heggem, RESES Coordinator
  • Claudia Walters, Regional Liaison

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