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EPA Research

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. 

U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development and States: Partners for Meeting Research Needs

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. 

EPA Research at your Fingertips

The following video is a short introduction to EPA science and technical information, tools, databases, and other resources available online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxbDHvVdLXI

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.


Contacts: 

Lisa Matthews, EPA ORD State Liaison
Amy Scheuer, Student Services Contractor
Erin McCabe, Student Services Contractor