Research Recap

This Week in EPA Science

By Kacey Fitzpatrick

Research Recap graphic identifierStill haven’t decided on a costume for Halloween? Well now you’ll have to put it off just a bit more—there’s some great EPA science to read about first!

Pathfinder Innovation Projects In 2011, EPA launched Pathfinder Innovation Projects—an internal competition that challenges EPA scientists to answer the question, “Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could…?” Over the last five years, we have supported 55 of these amazing projects. Learn more about the competition in the blog Transforming Science and Technology with Pathfinder Innovation Projects.

Green Infrastructure Toolkit Stormwater runoff is a major source of water pollution for cities. The use of green infrastructure (e.g. green roofs, permeable parking lots, rain gardens) can reduce the amount of stormwater contaminating our water sources. EPA researchers have developed different green infrastructure models and tools to help communities with stormwater management. Learn more about each tool in the blog The Tools in Our Green Infrastructure Toolkit.

EPA Researchers at Work Ever wonder who’s behind all the amazing science at EPA? Meet some of our researchers! This week we’re highlighting Marilyn TenBrink and Jason Berner. Marilyn helped develop GIWiz—an interactive web application that connects communities to EPA’s green infrastructure tools and resources. Meet EPA Scientist Marilyn TenBrink! Jason likes that his science makes a difference locally by helping communities use green infrastructure to reduce stormwater runoff. Meet EPA Scientist Jason Berner!

EPA-Supported Urban Sustainability Report Released
This week the National Academy of Science (NAS) released Pathways to Urban Sustainability. The report, sponsored by EPA’s Office of Research and Development, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, offers a road map and recommendations to help U.S. cities work toward sustainability, measurably improving their residents’ economic, social, and environmental well-being. It recommends that every U.S. city develop a sustainability plan that not only accounts for its own unique characteristics but also adapts strategies that have led to measurable improvements in other cities with similar economic, environmental, and social contexts. Read more about the project and the new report.

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

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