This Week in EPA Science

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Happy Friday! Here’s some weekend reading:

A Tribute to Maurice Strong
Maurice Strong, Founding Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, passed away last November at the age of 86. Strong was a pioneer of global sustainable development. Alan Hecht, EPA’s Director for Sustainable Development, recently wrote A Tribute to Maurice Strong.

EPA Supports the Science that Makes a Difference for Heart Health
February is American Heart Month! EPA scientists are working to learn more about how our environment interacts with genetic, social, and health factors to contribute to the progression of conditions like high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and heart failure. Read more about this research in the blog EPA Supports the Science that Makes a Difference for Heart Health.

People, Prosperity, and the Planet Award
Every year, EPA awards grants to outstanding college and university teams through the People, Prosperity, and the Planet student design competition for sustainability. The students who participate tackle a wide range of issues, but each project aims to develop sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental and human health topics. Read more about this year’s recipients in the blog People, Prosperity, and the Planet Award: 38 New Winners, 38 New Ways to Change the World.

Federal Research Action Plan
Concerns have been raised by the public about the safety of recycled tire crumb used in playing fields in the United States. Limited studies have not shown an elevated health risk from playing on fields with tire crumb, but the existing studies do not comprehensively evaluate the concerns about health risks from exposure to tire crumb. Because of the need for additional information, EPA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are launching a multi-agency Federal Research Action Plan on Recycled Tire Crumb Used on Playing Fields and Playgrounds to study key environmental human health questions.

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.