EPA Research Solutions for States
EPA Research Supporting States
These summaries showcase how EPA ORD research and technical assistance have supported states and communities in their efforts to protect human health and the environment.
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 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 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.
- 2016 ERIS States’ Research Needs Survey Summary ExitThis summary of the 2016 survey results details current environmental priorities and research needs across states.
- ERIS Five-Year Strategic Plan Exit
2014 ERIS States’ Research Needs Survey and EPA ORD Response ExitIn 2014, ERIS conducted a survey looking at state interactions with EPA ORD and state research needs, and the Tools Dashboard Exitsummarizes EPA tools that can address states' identified needs.
EPA Research Solutions at your Fingertips
The following video is a short introduction to EPA science and technical information, tools, databases, and other resources available online:
Working with our Peers in Public Health: EPA, ECOS & the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Memorandum of Agreement on Public and Environmental Health
The EPA Administrator and the Presidents of ECOS and ASTHO entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Exitin April 2016 to advance cooperative initiatives pertaining to public and environmental health. EPA, ECOS and ASTHO intend to collaboratively develop resources, communications pathways and other tangible outcomes to advance our shared mission of protecting the public’s health from environmental threats and advancing health and environmental equity for all citizens. Read the blog Expanding EPA’s Partnership with State Health and Environmental Experts.
In 2016, EPA ORD worked with state partners on two pilots: Wildfire Smoke Guide for Public Health Officials and a risk screening tool. 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, ORD hosts a monthly webinar series to share EPA research, demonstrate tools and seek webinar attendees' input. EPA Tools and Resources webinars are generally held the third Wednesday of each month, 3-4 PM ET. Register for our next webinar and view the archive.
EPA State Outreach Visits
EPA ORD provides the technical support and training, science-based tools, and innovative approaches states need to address their environmental challenges. To transfer this information, states are invited periodically to tour ORD laboratories and discuss topics of interest, science needs, and potential collaborations.