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EPA Research

EPA Research Solutions for States

EPA Research SupportingStates

These summaries showcase how EPA ORD research and technical assistance have supported states and communities in their efforts to protect human health and the environment.

U.S. EPA Office of Research andDevelopment and States: Partners for Meeting Research Needs

State Research Needs

EPA ORD has partnered with the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS, the national association of state environmental agency leaders) and its research arm, Environmental Research Institute of the States (ERIS), to ensure our research is useful and practical for states to address their on the ground problems. Over the past several years, ERIS and EPA ORDhave strengthened the alignment of EPA¡¯s scientific and technical capabilities with state needs through a series of meetings and state surveys. As a result of this effort, ORD better understands the science needs of state environmental agencies, and states better understand ORD¡¯s research, tools and role within EPA.

EPA Research at your Fingertips

The following video is a short introduction to EPA science and technical information, tools, databases, and other resources available online:

Working with our Peers in Public Health: EPA, ECOS & the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Memorandum of Agreement on Public andEnvironmental Health

The EPA Administrator and the Presidents of ECOS and ASTHO entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Exitin April 2016 to advance cooperative initiatives pertaining to public and environmental health. EPA, ECOS and ASTHO intend to collaboratively develop resources, communications pathways and other tangible outcomes toadvance our shared mission of protecting the public¡¯s health from environmental threats and advancing health and environmental equity for all citizens. Read the blogExpanding EPA¡¯s Partnership with State Health and Environmental Experts.

In 2016, EPA ORD worked with state partners on two pilots: Wildfire Smoke Guide for Public Health Officials and a risk screening tool. In 2017, under this MOA, a new project was initiated around risk communication. Status reports for all projectscan befound here.

EPA Tools and Resources Webinar Series

To help ensure that EPA tools and resources are accessible, ORD hosts a monthly webinar series to share EPA research, demonstrate tools and seek webinar attendees' input. EPA Tools and Resourceswebinars are generally held the third Wednesday of each month, 3-4 PM ET.Register forour next webinar and view the archive.

EPA State Outreach Visits

EPA ORDprovidesthe technical support and training, science-based tools, and innovative approachesstates need to address their environmental challenges.To transfer this information, states are invited periodically to tourORD laboratories anddiscuss topics of interest, science needs, andpotential collaborations.


Lisa Matthews, EPA ORD State Liaison
Erin McCabe, Student Services Contractor