EPA Research Solutions for the States
State Research Needs
EPA ORD has partnered with the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS, the national association of state environmental agency leaders) and its research arm, Environmental Research Institute of the States (ERIS), to ensure our research is useful and practical for states to help address their on the ground problems. Over the past several years, ERIS and EPA ORD have strengthened the alignment of EPA’s scientific and technical capabilities with state research needs through a series of meetings and state surveys. As a result of this effort, ORD better understands the science needs of state environmental agencies, and states better understand ORD’s research, tools and role within EPA. The following links exit the site Exit
- 2016 ERIS States’ Research Needs Survey SummaryThis summary of the 2016 survey results details current environmental priorities and research needs across states.
- ERIS Five-Year Strategic Plan
2014 ERIS States’ Research Needs Survey and EPA ORD Response: In 2014, the ERIS Board conducted a survey looking at state interactions with EPA ORD and state research needs. The following documents describe EPA ORD’s response to work completed or underway related to the state research needs identified in the 2014 survey.
Watch a short introduction to EPA science and technical information, tools, databases, and other resources available online here.
EPA, ECOS and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Memorandum of Agreement on Public & Environmental Health
The EPA Administrator and the Presidents of ECOS and ASTHO entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in April 2016 to advance cooperative initiatives pertaining to public and environmental health. EPA, ECOS and ASTHO intend to collaboratively develop tools, reports, workshops, meetings, communications pathways and other tangible outcomes that will leverage resources and advance our shared mission of protecting the public’s health from environmental threats and advancing health and environmental equity for all citizens.
In 2016, EPA ORD worked with state partners on two pilots: Wildfire Smoke Guide for Public Health Officials and EPA’s Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool (C-FERST). In 2017, under this MOA, a new project was initiated around risk communication. Status reports for all projects can be found here.
EPA Tools and Resources Webinar Series
To help ensure that EPA tools and resources are accessible for needs on the ground, ORD hosts a monthly webinar series to share EPA research, demonstrate tools and seek input from partners. EPA Tools and Resources monthly webinars are generally held the third Wednesday of each month, 3-4 PM ET. Register for our next webinar and view the archive.
EPA Research Products and Tools
EPA ORD is a vital resource to states and their communities, providing the technical support and training, science-based tools, and innovative approaches and methods they need to address on-the-ground problems. Tools demonstration events have been held for states and national state associations to showcase EPA ORD tools and gather feedback from state partners.
Tools Café Resources for EPA Region 7 and Midwest States (December 2015)
Tools Café for States at ECOS Fall Meeting (August 2015)
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