Children's Environmental Health
About Children’s Environmental Health
Children are often more heavily exposed to toxics in the environment. Pound for pound, children breathe more air, drink more water, and eat more food than adults. Their behavior patterns, such as playing close to the ground and hand-to-mouth activity, increase their exposure to potential toxics. In addition, they may be more vulnerable to environmental hazards because their systems are still developing, often making them less able than adults to metabolize, detoxify, and excrete toxics. Environmental risks to children include asthma-exacerbating air pollution, lead-based paint in older homes, treatment-resistant microbes in drinking water, and persistent chemicals that may cause cancer or induce reproductive or developmental changes. Learn More.
Children’s Environmental Health in the Pacific Southwest
EPA's Pacific Southwest Office has a number of programs to address children’s environmental health issues. These include programs for reducing exposure of children to lead, environmental asthma triggers, pesticides, and mercury. We also have programs for helping schools create healthy and green learning and teaching environments. Explore these programs or contact the Children's Environmental Health Coordinators for more information.
We are able to help connect interested individuals, schools, agencies, organizations, programs, and business with local partners to help further children’s environmental health at the community-level. If you would like help connecting with partners in your community around children’s environmental health issues, contact us!
Partner With Us!
We are interested in updating a public list of children’s health partners in the Pacific Southwest. Contact us to be included.
Recent News and Publications
The EPA is seeking applications for the 2014 National Indoor Environments Grant Program from eligible entities to conduct demonstration, training, outreach and/or education projects that will reduce exposure to indoor air contaminants, yield measurable environmental outcomes, and produce results that have implications and/or benefits on a national level. Applications must address one or more of the following EPA Indoor Environments Division program priority areas: radon, indoor environmental asthma triggers, multiple indoor air quality contaminants. EPA requests submittal of an informal notice of an Intent to Apply by March 31, 2014 to NationalIndoorEnvironmentsRFA2014@epa.gov. Submission of an Intent to Apply notice is optional; it is a process management tool that will allow EPA to better anticipate the total staff time required for efficient review and evaluation of submitted applications, and selection of awardees. Applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on April 21, 2014 in order to be considered for funding unless an alternative method has been approved in advance as discussed in the request for applications. Applications received after the closing date and time will not be considered for funding.
Upcoming Webinars to Promote and Support
Healthy School Environments
Please see the EPA Schools website for additional details and previously recorded webinars.
May 14, 2014, 1-2 p.m. Pacific Time: Approaches for Effective Climate Change Communication
Join us for a webinar exploring the importance of effective communication strategies as a key component of climate change response. The presentation will highlight examples and techniques that National Park Service interpreters are using to engage our audiences on this topic and that K-12 teachers can use as well. The webinar will summarize research highlighting visitor’s beliefs and perspectives about climate change, share some examples of successful interpretive products, and explore ways to empower staff and visitors to be part of the solution.
Recent News and Publications
2013 Clean, Green and Healthy Schools Regional Highlights – The EPA Office of Children’s Health Protection’s Clean, Green and Healthy Schools Initiative began in FY2012 in order to create healthier school environments for children. Through collaboration with local community partners and school stakeholders, the Clean, Green and Healthy Schools Initiative supports EPA regional school coordinators to help them reach school decision makers and promote this Initiative within their regions. The Clean, Green and Healthy Schools Regional Highlights Summary seeks to showcase some of the exceptional school environmental health projects within each of EPA’s ten regions. These success stories range from work in local schools, to building partnerships with community organizations, to influencing policy at the state level. Each article highlights just some of the extensive work that each region is doing on behalf of children’s environmental health in schools. The Highlights articles also illustrate tangible health benefits and cost savings realized through work within the regions.
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