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.
Recent News and Publications
Awards and Funding Announcements
EPA is seeking applications for the National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management. This is the highest honor for programs helping people bring asthma under control. Each year, EPA honors exceptional health plans, health care providers and communities in action with this prestigious award. Applications are due on February 3, 2014.
The EPA is seeking applications for the 2013 Construction Equipment Funding Opportunity to reduce diesel emissions from existing fleets of nonroad construction equipment. This funding opportunity will provide rebate incentives to selected eligible applicants to either: 1) retrofit with a diesel particulate filter or 2) replace their nonroad construction equipment engine. Applications must be received by January 15, 2014, 4 p.m. EST.
The EPA is seeking proposals for the FY2014 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grant Programs. These brownfields grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Brownfields Assessment Grant proposals must be postmarked by January 18, 2014 or submitted electronically via www.grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 18, 2014. Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grant proposals must be postmarked by January 22, 2014 or submitted electronically via www.grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 22, 2014. Brownfields Cleanup Grant proposals must be postmarked by January 18, 2014 or submitted electronically via www.grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 18, 2014.
The EPA is seeking proposals for the Environmental Education Model Grants Program. EPA is seeking grant applications from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques that will serve as models that can be replicated in a variety of settings. Applications must be postmarked by February 4, 2014, hand delivered by close of business on February 4, 2014 to the appropriate Regional or Headquarters Office, or submitted electronically via www.grants.gov by February 4, 2014, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
Upcoming Webinars to Promote and Support Healthy School Environments
Please see the EPA Schools website for additional details and previously recorded webinars.
January 22, 2014, 12 - 1 p.m. PST: Sensible Steps for Prevention of and Response to Mercury Spills in Schools
Elemental mercury is found in some thermometers, switches, and school science labs. Its unique properties make it appealing to handle, but mercury can make people sick. Mercury spills in schools are often caused by youth who are curious about mercury. Cleanup of large mercury spills can be costly and disruptive - resulting in unplanned early dismissals, and days to months of school closures. Join us to learn about:
- how to identify and eliminate sources of mercury in your school;
- what safer alternatives are available;
- what student education materials are available on the “Don’t Mess with Mercury” website;
- step-by-step process that outlines what to do if mercury spills at school;
- sow and what to communicate after a spill; and
- “lessons learned” from a school official about a mercury spill in her school district.
January 29, 2014, 4:30 – 6 p.m. PST : Professional Development Programs for Climate Change Education (USFS)
In this webinar, ClimateChangeLIVE partners highlight professional development programs to empower you as a climate change educator! Each program offers training to increase your understanding of essential climate concepts and provides you with tools and resources to implement a science-based climate change curriculum in your classroom and connect with networks of other educators teaching about climate change. Most of these programs offer grants to schools to help them implement climate change solution-related action projects, and include on-site and online training opportunities.
February 18, 2014, 12 – 1 p.m. PST: Sensible Steps for Addressing PCBs in Schools
Attend this webinar to learn more about: EPA’s most current guidance related to PCBs in schools; steps you can take to assess your school or district’s status where PCBs are concerned; and how and where to get assistance in understanding and evaluating this environmental health issue in your district or school.
February 19, 2014, 4:30 – 6 p.m. PST: GreenWorks! Action Grants for ClimateChangeLIVE Participants (USFS)
School classes that participate in ClimateChangeLIVE will be eligible to apply for GreenWorks! Grants! Join us and learn about these opportunities to help your school accomplish action projects that address climate change solutions. Project Learning Tree and U.S. Forest Service staff will present an overview of the grant parameters and how you can apply. They’ll also highlight success stories from schools in the GreenSchools! program that have implemented exciting projects with these grants.
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