Upcoming Events at EPA

By Michaela Burns

The month may be half over, but there are many more things to do! Here are the events we’re sending your way in late July.

Environmental Justice Technical Guidance: Presentation and Discussion
Thursday, July 14th at 3:00 p.m. ETEJ guidance cover

EPA invites you to participate in a webinar on the Technical Guidance for Assessing Environmental Justice in Regulatory Analysis, also known as the EJ Technical Guidance. This webinar will present an overview of the content of the guidance, including information on the best practices, recommendations, and questions that are included to guide the EJ analyses that are conducted for national regulations.  Register for the webinar now!


Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research
Wednesday, July 20th at 1:00 p.m. ET

playground with air pollution in the backgroundHow does poverty contribute to indoor and outdoor air pollution in residential settings? How do sustainable approaches reduce disproportionate health burdens and build community resilience? EPA, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences are supporting the establishment of the Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities (EHD) research program to help answer these questions. The EHD centers will investigate conditions that are known to be a significant burden to disadvantaged population groups, neighborhoods, and individuals.

EPA and partners are hosting a kickoff meeting that will feature presentations from each of the five funded centers highlighting their proposed research. Register now to attend!

RETIGO Training Webinar
Tuesday, July 26th at 3:00 p.m. ET

screenshot of retigo toolLearn how to use EPA’s Real-Time Geospatial Data Viewer, commonly known as RETIGO, at this upcoming webinar. RETIGO is an interactive web-based tool that allows users to upload field data they have collected while in motion (walking, biking, or on a vehicle) and explore it visually by plotting the data on a map and/or graph to observe air quality trends. Their local data can be integrated with air quality data available on AirNow, an online resource provided by EPA and others that offers air quality data and the Air Quality Index. Register now!


EPA Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program
Tuesday, July 26th at 3:00 p.m. ET

boy and fishEPA’s Tribal Science Webinar Series provides a forum for discussion of the complex environmental issues facing many tribal and indigenous communities, and features a wide variety of expert guest speakers from government, academic institutions, and other organizations. This month’s webinar focuses on the 2016-2017 EPA Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program, which partners EPA scientists with Tribal Colleges and Universities professors to address environmental problems. The Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program has given more than 150 students the opportunity to work directly with professors and scientists. Register to learn more.

Non-Targeted Chemical Exposure Screening
Thursday, July 27th at 11:00 a.m. ET

Red darts fly straight into the center of the targetThis month’s Computational Toxicology Communities of Practice Meeting webinar will focus on non-targeted chemical exposure screening. Most exposure sampling techniques are designed to test for a specific chemical that is suspected to be present. EPA researchers are developing “Non-Targeted Screening” methods to test indoor environmental samples for all chemicals present in the home. Contact Cameron Clark (clark.cameron@epa.gov) to register and learn more.

* This webinar was originally scheduled for June 23rd


Near Roadway Pollution and Mitigation Strategies
Wednesday, July 27th at 3:00 p.m. ET

cars driving on a highwayMore than 45 million people in the United States are estimated to live, work, or attend school within 300 feet of a major road, airport, or railroad. Studies show an increase in the incidence and severity of health problems related to air pollution near roadway traffic, including higher rates of asthma onset and aggravation, cardiovascular disease, impaired lung development in children, and other health effects.

EPA researchers Richard Baldauf and Jan Dye will present the latest science on the health impacts from near roadway exposures and discuss solutions and programs that states as well as community and transportation planners can consider to protect public health. Register for this month’s EPA Tools and Resources webinar now.

For more events head on over to the EPA research event page.

About the Author: Michaela Burns is an Oak Ridge Associated Universities contractor and writer for the science communication team in EPA’s Office of Research and Development.

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