Children's Environmental Health
About Children’s Environmental Health
Children are often more heavily exposed to toxics in the environment. Pound for pound, children breathe more air, drink more water, and eat more food than adults. Their behavior patterns, such as playing close to the ground and hand-to-mouth activity, increase their exposure to potential toxics. In addition, they may be more vulnerable to environmental hazards because their systems are still developing, often making them less able than adults to metabolize, detoxify, and excrete toxics. Environmental risks to children include asthma-exacerbating air pollution, lead-based paint in older homes, treatment-resistant microbes in drinking water, and persistent chemicals that may cause cancer or induce reproductive or developmental changes. Learn More.
Children’s Environmental Health in the Pacific Southwest
EPA's Pacific Southwest Office has a number of programs to address children’s environmental health issues. These include programs for reducing exposure of children to lead, environmental asthma triggers, pesticides, and mercury. We also have programs for helping schools create healthy and green learning and teaching environments. Explore these programs or contact the Children's Environmental Health Coordinators for more information.
We are able to help connect interested individuals, schools, agencies, organizations, programs, and business with local partners to help further children’s environmental health at the community-level. If you would like help connecting with partners in your community around children’s environmental health issues, contact us!
Partner With Us!
We are interested in updating a public list of children’s health partners in the Pacific Southwest. Contact us to be included.
Upcoming Webinars to Promote and Support Healthy School Environments Please see the EPA Schools website for additional details and previously recorded webinars.
May 29, 2013, 1-2 p.m. PST: Authentic Student Voice and Leadership in GreenSchools! (USFS/PLT)
In a growing number of Project Learning Tree GreenSchools! across the United States, students are becoming involved in decision-making activities that affect their environment and community as well as themselves, their peers, and their whole school. When we say student voice we are talking about more than simplylistening to students. Student voice is the individual and collective perspective and actions of young people within the context of learning and education. Many of today's young people share a concern for building, maintaining, and serving community and only lack a platform. This webinar will feature dynamic Green Team student leaders who will share compelling and personal testimonials about the transformative power of student leadership in the Green Schools movement.
June 5, 2013, 1-2 p.m. PST: A Public Land for Every Classroom (NPS)
Public lands, partners and schools face a common challenge of relevancy to today’s youth. By joining forces, we can build creative, effective, and sustainable bridges to engage students in project-based learning and stewardship of communities. Join the partners of the Public Lands for Every Classroom family of programs exploring techniques to form public-lands-school/community partnerships and engage youth in authentic learning experiences that support the Common Core standards and create new generations of engaged citizenry.
June 12, 2013, 1-2 p.m. PST: Summer Reading for Environmental Education (EDN)
Summer reading lists offer an opportunity for students to continue their educational journey when school is not in session. Through Earth Day Network’s innovative Reading for the Earth™ campaign, students all over the country are learning about environmental issues and challenges through reading. In this webinar, Earth Day Network will facilitate a discussion on some of the benefits of summer reading for the environment and highlight some effective books to get students engaged in the discussion.
June 18, 2013, 12-1 p.m. PST: The Role of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in Creating Healthy Learning Environments
This session is the second in a series of eight informative school environmental health webinars. During this session you will learn how to apply the IAQ Tools for Schools Program Framework to real-world challenges so that everyday obstacles don’t become roadblocks to success. You'll also hear about opportunities to access the expertise and resources you need, as well as interact with your peers, through the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector.
June 19, 2013, 1-2 p.m. PST: Better Energy Performance through Building Envelope Improvements (BMS)
This webinar will present a description of the challenges faced to increase the energy efficiency and health of schools, particularly as they pertain to building envelope. Topics will include use of daylighting, use of insulation and other materials, evaluating building materials for green schools, and solutions to challenges.
June 26, 2013, 1-2 p.m. PST: BioDiversity Discovery: Creating Next Generation Standards (NPS)
The National Park Service (NPS) is engaging in "Biodiversity Discovery," a variety of efforts, such as bioblitzes, in which members of the public, including scientists, students, and visitors work together to discover living organisms in the parks. This webinar will offer a historic overview of the growth of biodiversity discovery in the national parks, provide a synopsis of NPS Call to Action #7 "Next Generation Stewards, and identify areas of youth involvement, including the NPS/National Geographic Society Bioblitzes; the Taxonomist in Parks initiative, the Biodiversity Youth Ambassador program, and NPS strategies to further biodiversity education.
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