CDC Biomonitoring Module on National Tracking Network
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Environmental Public Health Tracking Program has added biomonitoring data derived from the CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to the National Tracking Network. Biomonitoring data can be used to measure how common environmental chemical exposures are in groups of people, such as the U.S. population. The 11 environmental chemicals included in the module are arsenic, benzene, cadmium, chloroform, cotinine, lead, mercury, naphthalene, pyrene, toluene, and uranium. Learn more here.
EPA and DOE Tools to Determine Solar and Wind Energy Potential on Contaminated Lands
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have launched two tools that will help state and local governments, site owners, and community members identify potential solar and wind energy sites on contaminated land or underutilized sites. Click here to learn more.
APHA and CDC Climate Change Webinar Series
The American Public Health Association (APHA) and the CDC hosted a webinar series on Climate Change: Mastering the Public Health Role. The webinar series features climate change and public health policy and practice's accomplishments, challenges, and opportunities as presented by public health leaders. Session 1 is titled "A Look at Climate Change Policy and Practice in the Public Health Sector" and Session 2 is titled "A Look at the Health Costs of Climate Change and Co-Benefits of Climate Action." To review the webinar recordings and presentations, click here.
Environmental Health Emergency Response Training
This acclaimed CDC-developed course is available for free (including meals, transportation, and lodging) for state, local, tribal, and territorial staff through a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama. The course will increase the level of emergency preparedness of environmental health practitioners and other emergency response personnel by providing them with the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to address the environmental health impacts of emergencies and disasters. Get more information here.
CDC Preventing Food Poisoning Feature
The CDC website has a feature on how the public can protect themselves from foodborne illnesses at home. The feature discusses the symptoms of common foodborne illnesses such as norovirus, Salmonella, Clostridium perfingens, and campylobacter and offers information on when to see a doctor or a healthcare provider. In addition, the CDC offers resources and tips on how the public can reduce their risk for food poisoning and lists important food safety rules for household kitchens. Learn more here.
EPA Materials for Summer Weather and Environmental Hazards
The EPA provides a fact sheet on how the aging population and caregivers can plan for excessive heat events, a poster with tips on staying cool in the summer that can be displayed in senior centers, schools, local health departments, clinics, or around the community, and an Excessive Heat Events guidebook for local public health and aging professionals.
Transportation/Land Use Greenhouse Gas Reduction Toolkit
The Oregon Department of Transportation has developed a toolkit to help local jurisdictions determine what appropriate actions and programs to implement to reduce greenhouse gas emitted from transportation. The toolkit contains information on pricing; land use; bicycle and pedestrian; public transportation; transportation demand management; operations/intelligent transportation systems; capacity expansion/bottleneck relief; fleet; and freight. Additionally, the toolkit includes a modeling and analysis tools report, case studies, a communication guide, and a searchable database. To learn more about the toolkit, click here.
The EPA has released NEPAssist, an innovative Web-based mapping tool designed to improve government agencies' environmental review and planning process required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for environmental considerations. The tool gives users easy and quick access to data and detailed reports on the environmental condition of an area of a proposed project by compiling information from federal, state, and local datasets. To learn more about NEPAssist, click here.