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Gerena School HIA (Springfield, MA)

The HIA for the Gerena Elementary School in Springfield, MA—the first school-focused HIA—is a collaboration between EPA and stakeholders including the Massachusetts Departments of Public Health and Environmental Protection (DPH and DEP), city, school, and community groups.
The purpose of this HIA is to provide and help process information to help the City of Springfield narrow down the options for renovation and improvement at the Gerena School to those that will best address environmental problems and reduce potential negative health impacts, such as asthma exacerbations. The school is directly under a highway and adjacent to roadways and a railway, so the project is considering transportation-related indoor air exposures as well as those from flooding, moisture, mold and other indoor environment issues in the school. In the process, EPA is learning how its science can be used in the HIA process and incorporating HIA into its decision-support tools.

Proctor Creek Boone Boulevard Green Street HIA (Atlanta, GA)
Proctor Creek Watershed, Atlanta, GA (PDF) (2 pp, 690KB)

Proctor Creek is one of the most impaired creeks in metro-Atlanta and has been placed on the impaired waters list because it does not meet state water quality standards for fecal coliform. The topography, prevalence of impervious surfaces in the watershed, and a strained combined sewer system have contributed to pervasive flooding in the Proctor Creek community and created environmental, public health, economic and redevelopment issues. The HIA for the Proctor Creek Watershed will examine impacts to the low income, minority community within a half mile of the Boone Boulevard Green Street Project—a green infrastructure project selected by the City of Atlanta in the Proctor Green Watershed to address some of the community’s needs.

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