This Year in EPA Science

By Kacey FitzpatrickResearch Recap with Happy New Year message

Our EPA researchers were hard at work in 2015—so to highlight that effort, we’ve put together a list of the ten most popular blogs from this year.

Happy New Year!

  1. Bridging the Gap: EPA’s Report on the Environment
    Read about EPA’s Report on the Environment, an interactive resource that shows how the condition of the environment and human health in the United States is changing over time. It can be used by anyone interested in environmental trends and presents the best available indicators of national trends in five theme areas: AirWaterLand, Human Exposure and Health, and Ecological Condition.
  1. Release of Community Air Monitoring Training Videos
    Small, hand-held air quality sensors are now commercially available and provide citizens the ability to plan, conduct, and understand local environmental air quality as never before. Learn about how to use these tools yourself or educate interested groups and individuals about best practices for successful air monitoring projects.
  2. Training Citizen Scientists to Monitor Air Quality
    Read about when Administrator Gina McCarthy joined New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, and other community members at Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood Family Success Center to launch an EPA-Ironbound partnership for community air monitoring that is a first of its kind citizen science project.
  3. Seeding Environmental Innovation
    Read about when EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) team attended a national conference and met with environmental entrepreneurs and successful SBIR awardees who have gone from an innovative seedling to a growing green business.
  4. Moving Away From “High Risk”
    This year the Government Accountability Office released their biennial High Risk Report, which included EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System Program. Read the blog by EPA’s Lou D’Amico and Samantha Jones discussing the program’s progress.
  5. Visit a Unique Air Monitoring Bench this Summer
    Read about how EPA has developed an air-monitoring system that can be incorporated into a park bench. The Village Green bench provides real-time air quality measurements on two air pollutants – ozone and particle pollution – and weather conditions. The data is streamed to a website and can be obtained at the benches using a smart phone. There are several benches throughout the country that you can visit!
  1. Swimming with the Sharks
    Through Small Business Innovation Research contracts, EPA helps many great, environmentally-minded business ventures with potential, get the funding they need to get started. Read about some of our success stories—one of which was recently on the show Shark Tank—in this blog.
  1. When Cooking Can Harm
    The process of cooking is one of the greatest health threats for the three billion people throughout the world who use biomass or coal-fed cookstoves to cook their meals and heat their homes. Read about how EPA supports research for cleaner technologies and fuels for cooking, lighting and heating in homes that have limited or no access to electricity or gas lines.
  1. Are Some People at Greater Risk from Air Pollution?
    Read about how researchers at EPA and Duke University are using a database called CATHGEN to see how factors like age, sex, race, disease status, genetic makeup, socioeconomic status, and where a person lives can put someone at greater risk from the health effects of air pollution.
  2. Indoor Air Quality in Schools – Concerns and Need for Low-Cost Solutions.
    Evidence has mounted regarding the contributions of poor indoor air quality and inadequate classroom ventilation toward student illnesses, absenteeism, and decreases in academic performance. Read about how a new EPA Science to Achieve Results grant will focus on high schools, a relatively under-studied school environment with numerous data gaps.

 

About the Author: Kacey Fitzpatrick is a student contractor and writer working with the science communication team in EPA’s Office of Research and Development.