Volume 2 | Number 1 | January / February 2011
The Next 40 Years:Sustainability
GEMS: Great Environmental Moments in Science
EPA scientists and partners team up to examine the link between road-related air pollution and susceptibility to asthma.
EPA researchers investigate how well rain barrels and rain gardens retain stormwater.
EPA researcher describes new research efforts to better understand the link between environmental health and justice.
EPA Homeland Security researchers supported Agency efforts to decontaminate buildings affected by anthrax in New England—twice.
EPA develops new risk assessment practices to match pace of scientific innovations.
EPA researchers have been traversing Oregon to develop a small stream classification system that will help states protect water bodies far downstream.
EPA researchers played key roles in an international workshop and book on the relationship between the environment and worldwide human welfare.
EPA and NOAA scientists join forces to test the use of high-tech tools for predicting local ground-level ozone.
EPA researchers are developing high-tech techniques for monitoring GM crops.
EPA Research in the News
Chemistry: It's not easy being green
Science journalist Katharine Sanderson interviewed EPA Assistant Administrator Paul Anastas about two decades of green chemistry.
The Green Book: EPA Looks Forward
"The Editor's Blog" featured EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's announcement about a study by the National Research Council on incorporating sustainability concepts into all of the agency's programs.
West Nile Virus Higher in Low-income Neighborhoods
Treehugger was one of several environmental news sites to spread the word about an EPA-funded study that found higher rates of West Vile virus in low-income neighborhoods.
Examples of EPA "crisis science" conducted in response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are highlighted in the paper Designing Science in a Crisis: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
Science Wednesday: Highlights From Our Blog
Watching the Moon Disappear
Science Wednesday Editor Aaron Ferster found that recent lunar eclipse a great example of how stories about science and the environment unite us: giving us a common story to share with our kids, neighbors, and coworkers. Read Aaron's reflection on the lunar eclipse.
Cleaner Cookstoves, Countless Benefits
Imagine an inexpensive, easy-to-use technology that can help mitigate the fourth leading cause of death in the world, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and stimulate local economies in the developing world. You don't have to imagine it; the technology is clean cookstoves. EPA science writer Becky Fried traveled to Ethiopia to investigate. Learn more about the benefits of clean cookstoves.
The Future is Sustainability
Paul Anastas, EPA's Office of Research and Development Assistant Administrator, describes a tremendous day for sustainability: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's recent speech that launched a study by the National Research Council on how to incorporate sustainability into the framework of EPA. Read about the importance of sustainability to EPA's mission.
The Sustainability Bowl (Go Team Go!)
EPA science writer and Science Wednesday editor Aaron Ferster highlights a national competition—sponsored by a company started by a past EPA P3 (People Prosperity, and the Planet) winner—that encourages universities to reduce resource use. Read more about the Sustainability Bowl.
Air Science 40 Seminar
EPA student services contractor Maggie Sauerhage attended the Air Science 40 seminar entitled "Air Quality in a Changing Climate: What the Future Holds for the Air We Breathe". In this post she shares details from the seminar and recalls the take-home messages on the importance of improving air quality and limiting the impacts of climate change. Read more about the Air Science 40 seminar.
"Nifty Fifty" Scientist Inspires Next Generation of Innovators
Paul LaShier, a senior at Calvert Hall College High School, shares the most memorable and inspiring moments from a lecture titled "Innovating Tomorrow", given by EPA Office of Research and Development Assistant Administrator Paul Anastas. Read about how Dr. Anastas inspires young innovators.
Sharing Our Science
Marine biologist Mario R. Sengco, Ph.D. spent the afternoon sharing his love of science at EPA's display booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival held on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Read about Mario's experience sharing EPA science with festival participants.
EPA Research Grants
EPA supports the nation's leading scientists and engineers through competitive grant programs and fellowships.