I. Announcements, News, and Blogs
EPA Awards $1.2 Million to Improve Indoor Air Quality
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will provide a combined $1.2 million in funding to 32 state and local governments, tribes, and non-profit organizations for indoor air quality projects. The funding will support recipients’ efforts to improve indoor air quality, which will better protect the health of Americans in classrooms, communities and homes across the country.
Education projects, training and outreach efforts supported by the funding will help reduce the environmental health risks of indoor air contaminants such as radon and asthma triggers. From organizing and training speakers on how to educate parents of children with asthma, to providing technical assistance that will help school districts develop indoor air quality management plans, these projects will help protect children and families. EPA emphasized selecting projects that assist low income and minority families that are disproportionately impacted by poor indoor air quality.
“EPA is proud to be working with our awardees across the nation to improve the air we breathe at school, work and home,” said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “American communities face serious health and environmental challenges from air pollution. This effort gives us an opportunity to improve indoor air quality by increasing awareness of environmental health risks.”
Indoor air pollutants in homes, buildings, and schools can negatively impact the health of occupants. Some pollutants cause health problems such as sore eyes, burning in the nose and throat, headaches or fatigue. Others can cause worsen allergies, respiratory illnesses (such as asthma) or even cancer (from radon gas).
The projects will help improve indoor air quality and reduce the associated health risks by:
More information about Indoor Air Assistance Agreements: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/regional_funding.html
Weatherization and other energy efficiency upgrades can have negative impacts on occupant health and safety if not accompanied by appropriate indoor air quality — IAQ — protections. With an increase in weatherization and energy efficiency improvement activities, consideration should be given to include incentives for ensuring that energy upgrades are accompanied by appropriate IAQ actions.
By addressing IAQ at the beginning of weatherization and/or retrofit efforts, greater energy savings can be achieved per house, pollutant exposure problems can be avoided, and public health can be protected. It also means decreasing the potential risks of additional costs to resolve IAQ problems related to retrofit activities, which decrease productivity and increase business costs for the weatherization industry.
The following overview summarizes IAQ challenges related to weatherization and energy efficiency retrofit activities, and highlights recommended solutions to help prevent IAQ problems during weatherization efforts.
Read more about weatherization and indoor air quality. http://www.epa.gov/iaq/climatereadiness/weatherization.html
Alone and at Risk: Staying in touch is good for your health AARP The Magazine
by: Holly Zimmerman, October 2, 2012
Here’s a lifesaving health tip: Add “spend time with family and friends” to your to-do list. Research shows that social detachment — having few close relationships — is as bad for you as smoking and worse than obesity. Older adults can become isolated by life situations such as lack of transportation, landing this issue squarely on AARP Foundation’s radar screen.
To learn more about solitary Americans, the foundation sent surveys last spring to select AARP Foundation Tax-Aide sites, focusing on the ones more likely to serve a less engaged population.* Ten percent of the 15,000 people who returned the two-page questionnaire reported they had trouble “staying connected” with family, friends and neighbors. Next steps for AARP Foundation: learning how to help repair and strengthen the broken links.
*Site selection was based primarily on U.S. Census data (percentage of people age 65-plus living alone, with disabilities, and percentage of those 60-plus living in rural areas). Findings are not generalizable to the general U.S. population nor to the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide taxpayer population.
One Prescription for Healthier Brownfield Communities – A Community Clinic Please!
By Ann Carroll
The EPA brownfields program started in the mid-1990s, but as the program evolved over the last decade, we learned that the abandoned gas station, mine site or vacant scrap yard may be only one of the many issues facing communities. In fact, many brownfield communities are also medically underserved areas. This U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) designation means that there aren’t enough doctors, dentists, mental health or other health professionals to provide needed services. This is especially problematic because many of these communities may be affected by legacy pollution that was left behind when plants closed down. Residents in these communities may lack vital services like vaccinations or preventive care that is important to disease management for diabetes, asthma or other chronic conditions and care needs.
The post also talks about resources and programs that are available to these communities to increase access to health care. To read more see: http://blog.epa.gov/ej/2012/10/community-clinic-please!
Hailed as the most successful treaty in UN history – for achieving universal ratification and meeting its targets ahead of schedule, the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will celebrate its 25th anniversary on 16 September.
The Protocol, which was ratified by 197 countries, has enabled reductions of over 98 per cent of all global production and consumption of controlled ozone-depleting substances.
The Protocol also oversaw the global phase-out of chlorofluorocarbon (CFCs) by 2010.
Global observations have verified that atmospheric levels of key ozone depleting substances are going down and it is believed that with implementation of the Protocol’s provisions the ozone layer should return to pre-1980 levels by 2050 to 2075;
Thanks to controls implemented under the Protocol, the global community will be spared millions of cases of skin cancer and cataract – in addition to trillions of dollars in health care.
Direct health care savings in the US alone is estimated at USD $4.2 trillion.
Globally, the Protocol is estimated to have prevented 19 million more cases of non-melanoma cancer, 1.5 million more cases of melanoma cancer and 130 million more cases of eye cataracts.
Action under the Protocol has also had significant climate benefits. Because ozone depleting substances are also global warming gases, the reduction in the production and use of these substances yielded a net integrated reduction of approximately 25 billion tonnes of CO2 between 1990 and 2000.
UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, said, “As we look to mitigate and adapt to climate change, tackle other environmental threats and implement the outcomes of the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, the story of the Montreal Protocol highlights the benefits of pursuing an inclusive green economy. It shows that, in acting on one issue, many others can be addressed too. The Montreal Protocol has demonstrated that fundamental principles – such as science-based policy making, the precautionary approach, common but differentiated responsibilities and equity within and between generations -can benefit all nations.”
II. Research Findings and Reports
Background: Older adults make up 13% of the U.S. population, but are projected to account for 20% by 2040. Coinciding with this demographic shift, the rate of climate change is accelerating, bringing rising temperatures; increased risk of floods, droughts, and wildfires; stronger tropical storms and hurricanes; rising sea levels; and other climate-related hazards. Older Americans are expected to be located in places that may be relatively more affected by climate change, including coastal zones and large metropolitan areas.
Methods: We performed an extensive literature survey and summarized key findings related to demographics; climate stressors relevant to older adults; factors contributing to exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity; and adaptation strategies.
Discussion: A range of physiological and socioeconomic factors make older adults especially sensitive to and/or at risk for exposure to heat waves and other extreme weather events (e.g., hurricanes, floods, droughts), poor air quality, and infectious diseases. Climate change may increase the frequency or severity of these events.
Conclusions: Older Americans are likely to be especially vulnerable to stressors associated with climate change. While a growing body of evidence reports the adverse effects of heat on the health of older adults, research gaps remain for other climate-related risks. We need additional study of the vulnerability of older adults and the interplay of vulnerability, resilience, and adaptive responses to projected climate stressors.
Published for the past 18 years, the Across the States series was developed to help inform policy discussions among public and private sector leaders in long-term services and supports throughout the United States. Across the States 2012 presents comparable state-level and national data for more than 140 indicators, drawn together from a wide variety of sources into a single reference. This publication presents up-to-date data and is displayed in easy-to-use maps, graphics, tables, and state profiles. (366 pages)
Lee SJ, Serre ML, van Donkelaar A, Martin RV, Burnett RT, Jerrett M. Comparison of Geostatistical Interpolation and Remote Sensing Techniques for Estimating Long-Term Exposure to Ambient PM2.5 Concentrations across the Continental United States. Environ Health Perspect (): .doi:10.1289/ehp.1205006
Background: To better understand adverse health effects from chronic exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) a need exists to derive accurate estimates of PM2.5 variation at fine spatial scales. Remote sensing has emerged as an important means of estimating PM2.5 exposures, but there are relatively few studies that compare remote-sensing estimates to those derived from monitor-based data.
Results: Within about 100 km of a monitoring station, the kriging estimate was more accurate, while the remote sensing estimate was more accurate for locations >100 km from a monitoring station. Based on this finding we developed a hybrid map that combines the kriging and satellite-based PM2.5 estimates.
Conclusions: This study is part of a larger investigation aimed at improving the assessment of exposure to ambient air pollution for chronic health effects studies. We evaluated the estimation capability of monitor-based interpolation to monitor-free remote sensing and found that for most of the populated areas of the continental United States, geostatistical interpolation supplied more accurate estimates than remote sensing. The differences between the estimates from the two methods, however, were relatively small. We conclude that in areas with extensive monitoring networks, the interpolation may provide more accurate estimates, but in the many areas of the world without such monitoring, remote sensing can provide useful exposure estimates that perform nearly as well.
Particulate matter (PM) is one of six criteria pollutants regulated by National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). These standards are twofold: a primary standard protects human health, and a secondary standard protects crops, ecosystems, and other forms of “public welfare.” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last revisited the PM standards in 2006. Now, in response to a court order mandating action on the overdue review of these rules, the agency has proposed a stricter set of new standards.1
PM can be emitted directly from sources such as vehicles, power plants, burning biomass, and various industrial operations, or it can form as a reaction product. PM can contribute to a wide range of adverse health effects in people, with effects varying with the size and composition of the particles. Health damage occurs even in localities that meet current PM standards;2 the EPA’s advisory panel of independent experts, the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), noted in its correspondence with the agency regarding the proposed rules that “Although there is increasing uncertainty at lower levels [of PM exposure], there is no evidence of . . . a level below which there is no risk for adverse health effects.”3
The agency estimates that at any point in the proposed ranges the dollars saved from avoided health costs, sick days, and deaths would far outweigh costs paid by affected states, tribal lands, and counties to achieve the lower standards.4 With PM2.5 standards of 13 µg/m3 (annual) and 35 µg/m3 (24-hour), the EPA calculates annual health benefits of $88–220 million, with costs of $2.9 million.5 Substituting an annual standard of 12 µg/m3, annual health benefits are estimated at $2.3–5.9 billion, with implementation costs of $69 million. At an annual standard of 11 µg/m3, annual health benefits would be an estimated $9.2–23.0 billion, with costs of $270 million.
About 30% of the U.S. population lives in the 191 counties or parts of counties designated as “nonattainment” for the current annual PM2.5 standard. Attainment status is based on a rolling three years’ worth of PM data for those counties with air monitors; for the rest, state and EPA officials must estimate each county’s contribution to the larger area’s PM pollution.
In figures published with the proposed standards, the EPA estimated 33 counties with monitors (with total populations of more than 27 million) would violate an annual standard of 13 µg/m3, an additional 49 counties (with more than 27 million additional people) would violate 12 µg/m3, and an additional 86 counties (with tens of millions more people) would violate 11 µg/m3.6 These figures were based on 2008–2010 monitoring data.
The EPA is reviewing public comments on the proposal and is required by the court-approved consent decree to issue final rules by 14 December 2012. Mitigation measures are supposed to begin by 2015 and must be fully implemented by 2020.
2. EPA. Overview of EPA’s Proposal to Revise the Air Quality Standards for Particulate Pollution (Particulate Matter). Washington, DC:U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2012). Available: http://www.epa.gov/pm/2012/fsoverview.pdf [accessed 17 Aug 2012].
3. EPA. CASAC Review of Policy Assessment for the Review of the PM NAAQS—Second External Review Draft (June 2010); EPA-CASAC-10-015. Washington, DC:Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, (10 Sep 2010). Available: http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/CCF9F4C0500C500F8525779D0073C593/$File/EPA-CASAC-10-015-unsigned.pdf [accessed 17 Aug 2012].
4. EPA. Regulatory Impact Analysis for the Proposed Revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter. EPA-452/R-12-003; Tables 5-23 and 7-4. Research Triangle Park, NC:Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Jun 2012). Available: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/ecas/regdata/RIAs/PMRIACombinedFile_Bookmarked.pdf [accessed 17 Aug 2012].
6. EPA. Fine Particle Concentrations Based on Monitored Air Quality from 2008-2010. Washington, DC:U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2012). Available: http://www.epa.gov/pm/2012/tablea.pdf [accessed 17 Aug 2012].
7. Zhou J, et al. Time-series analysis of mortality effects of fine particulate matter components in Detroit and Seattle. Environ Health Perspect 119(4):461–466 (2011); http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1002613.
Beaches, however, are parts of complex ecosystems, and conditions in these ecosystems can sometimes lead to hazardous concentrations of certain kinds of bacteria. Typically found in sewage, these bacteria can multiply in the water and pose health threats to swimmers.
That’s why beach managers are careful to monitor water quality at their beaches and issue swim advisories or close beaches in the case of dangerous bacterial contamination. The problem is that water sampling and analysis can take over 24 hours, meaning an existing contamination might go undetected for that long.
Working with collaborators in the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), state and local governments, and academia, EPA researchers have come up with a way to solve this problem: Instead of testing water to find indicators of bacterial contamination after the fact, create models that can predict contamination in real-time or even before the contamination occurs.
In addition to Virtual Beach, EPA scientists have also developed a faster laboratory method to test water for bacterial indicators. This method is called quantitative polymerase chain reactions (qPCR), which can cut the lab time needed down from over 48 hours to only a few hours.
In Racine, Wisconsin, Julie Kinzelman and her scientific team are testing Virtual Beach against both bacterial culture methods and qPCR. They’ve found that qPCR is accurate and fast, but they still hope to use Virtual Beach to cut down on the costs of laboratory analysis.
“The model we developed with Virtual Beach has performed very well,” Kinzelman said. “The ultimate goal is to use the Virtual Beach model to predict bacteria exceedances, and then confirm those results with qPCR, which would create a big cost savings.”
“Virtual Beach allows users to develop custom models for their unique beach, which can be used to predict when levels of indicator bacteria in water will signal potentially dangerous contamination,” explained Mike Cyterski, an EPA scientist who has worked on the development of the program. Beach managers can easily map their beach using an intuitive graphical interface, and import measurement data on wave height, precipitation, and other factors into the program.
By looking at data on the local watershed, Virtual Beach’s models can find correlations between certain weather and water conditions and bacterial outbreaks, giving beach managers advanced warning of the kinds of contamination events that lead to swim advisories and beach closures.
“It’s a real step forward in routine water quality monitoring,” said Adam Mednick, a research scientist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, who has worked with EPA’s scientists in testing and developing Virtual Beach for the last three years.
“Virtual Beach really improves ease of use,” said Mednick. “The method of using predictive models for water quality has existed for a while, but this has made the process of developing the models much more efficient.”
Virtual Beach has been successfully tested and used at beaches across the Great Lakes region, from Minnesota to Ontario. Researchers have also used it to successfully predict bacteria levels at marine beaches in Rhode Island, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico.
EPA scientists are working on the next version of Virtual Beach, which will include more statistical methods for data-crunching, as well as a way for users to automatically retrieve data available online from institutions such as NOAA, USGS, and EPA.
III. Sustainable Communities
Living near the water has historically been—and is expected to remain—desirable, yet this choice has inherent risks. Communities face the challenge of determining where and how to accommodate growth and redevelopment given the risks posed by coastal hazards. In tandem, smart growth and hazard mitigation strategies can help communities meet their quality of life, safety, economic, environmental, and transportation goals.
NOAA and EPA’s report on “Achieving Hazard-Resilient Coastal & Waterfront Smart Growth” presents an overview of ideas shared by smart growth and hazard mitigation experts at an August 2011 roundtable. The roundtable participants focused on how coastal and waterfront communities can create environmentally and economically sustainable neighborhoods while minimizing risks from coastal flooding. The report provides ideas for further research, tools, services, and approaches that federal and state agencies, academics, organizations, and practitioners could consider to improve integration of smart growth and hazard mitigation approaches along the coast. http://coastalsmartgrowth.noaa.gov/resilience.html
Stormwater Calculator to Manage Rainfall Runoff
A new tool developed by EPA allows planners and property owners to assess how green infrastructure can be used to reduce rainwater runoff from development sites
How is a parking lot like a rain garden? Well, the answer is: it’s not. During heavy rains a parking lot floods streets and sewers, while a rain garden soaks it in–reducing the amount of water entering the sewage system. How about planting a rain garden inside a parking lot? Perhaps that will help curb stormwater runoff.
This fall, EPA will release a new tool called the National Stormwater Calculator (SWC) to help city planners, developers, and property owners confront these types of scenarios. The tool will help decision-makers balance land development decisions with green infrastructure practices–incorporating features such rain gardens, rain barrels, cisterns and natural areas that absorb rainwater– to prevent problems associated with urban stormwater runoff.
Urban stormwater is a major source of impairment for rivers, lakes, coastal shorelines, and other water resources in the Nation. It is also responsible for flooding, combined sewer overflows which route both sewage and stormwater into common networks of pipes and tend to overflow during heavy rainfall, and reduced groundwater recharge. Incorporating green infrastructure into new development is one way to combat these stormwater issues.
The easy-to-use SWC will estimate the annual amount and frequency of stormwater runoff from a specific site based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historical rainfall records. Users can input any location within the U.S. and select different development and green infrastructure scenarios to see how those changes affect runoff volumes from that location.
The calculator accesses several national databases to provide local soil and weather conditions for the chosen site. The user supplies information about the site’s land cover, as well as what types of green infrastructure they would like to deploy. The latter refers to such low impact controls as rain gardens, cisterns, and porous pavement that retain rainfall on site until it eventually evaporates, infiltrates, or is otherwise consumed.
As an example of how the calculator might be used, consider a developer or municipality building a parking lot on what is currently vacant land. When the developer or municipality uses the Calculator for the location and adds a parking lot, they may find that runoff volumes greatly increase, perhaps even exceeding local ordinances. They may then decide to add green spaces and rain gardens to the lot or use porous pavement. Running this scenario through the Calculator may reveal that runoff volumes are reduced with those changes, meeting local standards.
The National Stormwater Calculator is currently in the final stages of review and will be available on EPA’s “Models, Databases and Tools for Water Resource Protection” website when finished.
IV. Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
DEA’s Fifth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Results in Another Big Haul
For the fifth time in two years, Americans emptied medicine cabinets, bedside tables, and kitchen drawers of unwanted, unused, and expired prescription drugs and took them to collection sites located throughout the United States as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
Last Saturday, September 29, DEA’s state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners, working at more than 5,263 locations, collected 488,395 pounds (244 tons) of prescription medications from members of the public. When added to the collections from DEA’s previous four Take-Back events, more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications were removed from circulation.
According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.
The DEA’s Take-Back events are a significant piece of the White House’s prescription drug abuse prevention strategy released in 2011 by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Disposal of unwanted, unused or expired drugs is one of four strategies for reducing prescription drug abuse and diversion laid out in Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis. The other strategies include education of health care providers, patients, parents and youth; enhancing and encouraging the establishment of prescription drug monitoring programs in all the states; and increased enforcement to address doctor shopping and pill mills. http://www.justice.gov/dea/docs/results_final.pdf
V. Environment and the Arts
The Borderbend Arts Collective is working with other partnering organizations to present “Celebrating Silent Spring at 50.” This includes creative responses to Silent Spring and celebrations of Rachel Carson’s life and legacy — with events, artistic expression (such as writings, music & visual art), and more. One of this program’s goals is for people and organizations from each of the U.S.’s 50 states to contribute to “Celebrating Silent Spring at 50.”
We are also looking for contributions from people around the world, which seems to resonate with the global reach of how Carson’s legacy can be found around the world.
The Borderbend Arts Collective invites the public to contribute to “Celebrating Silent Spring at 50.” We are looking for writings, 2D artworks (collages, paintings, photographs), writings (poetry, fiction, other writing genres), and multidisciplinary works.
Here are some ideas to consider: What are some aspects of Rachel Carson’s legacy that you find most important and fascinating? What is your favorite passage in Silent Spring? What are some important ideas Rachel Carson put forward in Silent Spring that you think still resonate with us today? What are some problems introduced in Silent Spring which still persist today?
Your submission could respond to one or more of those aforementioned questions. If your submission is accepted, it will appear on this website, on one of the “Media Galleries” pages. Please email email@example.com, with Silent Spring at 50 in the subject line, to receive the complete guidelines. Submissions will be accepted through December 15, 2012.
VI. Intergenerational Activities
The U.S. EPA, Rachel Carson Council, Inc, Generations United, Dance Exchange and the National Center for Creative Aging are the proud sponsors of the 2012 Rachel Carson Sense of Water Contest. Each year finalists are selected by an intergenerational and diverse group of judges. Judges used the following criteria to select the finalists: 1) how the intergenerational team went about planning and carrying out the project and what made it special because the project involved persons from different generations: and 2) how the creative project brought the team in touch with the natural world.
The public has had the opportunity and the winners will be posted on our website next week. See www.epa.gov/aging and click on Rachel Carson (near the top of the page) in the Quick Finder section.
VII. Funding Opportunities and Resources
EPA Funding Opportunities
Fiscal Year 2013 National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program
FY13 Guidelines for Brownfields Assessment Grants
Environmental Education Regional Grants — Solicitation Notice for 2012
Centers for Water Research on National Priorities Related to a Systems View of Nutrient Management
EPA as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program is seeking applications to establish Centers to conduct water research and demonstration projects that are innovative and sustainable using a systems approach for nutrient management in the Nation’s waters.
This request for applications is soliciting proposals that take a systems view of nutrient management. A systems view of nutrient management considers every potential link in the breadth of possibilities that may influence water quality. These involve societal and technological considerations and may include, but are not limited to: local resources, prevailing land uses, watershed health, manure management, energy costs, municipal wastewater treatment, in-building water reuse, or nutrient resource recovery. A systems view would also consider valuation of monetized and non-monitized possible co-benefits and consequences (e.g., decreased sediment runoff, improved recreational value) which may be part of a nutrient management program.
Proposed research areas should include:
Health Impact Project – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
2013 Conservation Innovation Grant
Advancing Novel Science in Womens Health Research (ANSWHR) (R21)
2013 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program (DP2)
Limited Competition: Pregnancy as a Window to Future Cardiovascular Health: Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes as Predictors of Increased Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease (U10)
Letters of Intent are due 10/30/2012.
Applications are due: 12/19/2012.
Molecular Mechanisms of Circadian Clocks in Aging Tissues (R01)
NIDA SBIR – Products for At-Home Deactivation of Psychoactive Prescription Medicines
NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows
Transgenerational Inheritance in Mammals After Environmental Exposure (TIME) (R01) NIEHS
AHRQ Individual Awards for Postdoctoral Fellows (F32) National Research Service Awards (NRSA)
NIEHS — Environmental Influences on the Microbiome (R21)
Improving Diet and Physical activity (RO1)- NIDDK
Juvenile Protective Factors and Their Effects on Aging (R01)
Secondary Analyses and Archiving of Social and Behavioral Datasets in Aging (R03)
VIII. 2012 Calendar, Call for Abstracts, 2013 Calendar
October 27-31, 2012. San Francisco, CA
November 3-7, 2012. Los Angeles, CA
November 14-18, 2012. San Diego, California
World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day : November 16, 2012
November 29-December 1, 2012.
New Orleans, LA
International Day of Persons with Disabilities: December 3, 2012.
New Partners for Smart Growth Annual Conference
The Great Backyard Bird Count: February 15-18, 2013
Active Living Research Annual Conference
Association of Gerontology in Higher Education
Call for Abstracts
St. Louis, MO. May 17-20, 2013.
River Rally attracts a great diversity of conservation leaders, bringing new ideas for the best water resource protection strategies to participants, and revitalizing the commitment of those who attend to continue protecting the rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands and estuaries they cherish.Attendees with many years of community-based watershed protection experience cross paths with folks that are brand new to the movement. The structure emphasizes peer learning as well as engaging natural resource professionals to enrich discussions and to teach advanced topics. River Rally 2013 – located in the Mississippi River Basin – will have a special focus on environmental justice and human health issues (as they relate to our water resources).
Deadline is Thursday, October 18,2012.
National Environmental Health Association Annual Conference
Deadline: October 19, 2013.
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Generations United has issued a Call for Proposals for its 17th Intergenerational Conference, which will take place in Washington, DC next July. Share your innovative ideas and secrets for success with your colleagues.
Deadline to submit: Dec. 1, 2012. Learn more at http://www.gu.org/RESOURCES/Conference.aspx