Reports: Environmental health

State of the River Report 2016
Friends of the Mississippi River, National Park Service, September 2016, 52 pp.
This report provides an answer to the question, "So, how is the Mississippi River?" It highlights 14 key indicators of river health, and examines the status and trends of each indicator, as well as strategies for improvement.   more info >

Public Opinion and the Environment: The Nine Types of Americans
December 2015, 28 pp.
A study of the American public's views and perspectives on global warming and other environment issues.   more info >

Minnesota Drinking Water 2015: Annual Report for 2014
Minnesota Department of Health, May 2015, 33 pp.
Focus of this annual report is on nitrate nitrogen (nitrate) contamination in public water systems, including monitoring and prevention efforts.   more info >

Minnesota Climate and Health Report 2015: An Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on the Health and Well-Being of Minnesotans
Minnesota Department of Health, April 2015, 100 pp.
This report provides a comprehensive assessment of climate change impacts and potential health burden for the state. In addition to describing climate trends and projections relevant to Minnesota, the report identifies how these climate changes are linked to health impacts along with opportunities and challenges for developing quantitative measures of health outcomes.   more info >

Building Healthy Schools: Health Impact Assessment on Planning School Construction Projects in Minnesota
Public Health Law Center, January 2015, 127 pp.
A health impact assessment of K-12 school design and its influence on student health. It provides analysis and recommendations on ways schools can influence health through school siting, transportation, nutrition, and physical activity.   more info >

Protecting Children From Unhealthy Homes and Housing Instability
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, December 2014, 5 pp.
Discusses the impact on children from unhealthy homes and housing instability and provides examples of two programs addressing these issues.   more info >

The Economic Burden of the Environment on Two Childhood Diseases: Asthma and Lead Poisoning in Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Health, December 2014, 17 pp.
This report focuses on two important environmentally-related health conditions in Minnesota's children: asthma and blood lead poisoning. It documents the economic cost of both conditions in one year, 2010, and estimates the fraction that is attributable to environmental causes.   more info >

America's Children and the Environment
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, January 2013, 504 pp.
Presents national data on children's environmental health. Indicators cover conditions in the environment such as air pollution, contaminants measured in children such as blood lead levels, and health conditions such as asthma.   more info >

U.S. and Canada green city index:Assessing the environmental performance of 27 major U.S. and Canadian cities
Siemens/Economist Intellegence Unit, July 2011, 71 pp.
The green city indices assess and compare cities in terms of their environmental performance. This report, which includes Minneapolis, presents the key findings and highlights from the index, and is intended to be a tool to help cities in the region learn from each other regarding the common environmental challenges they face.   more info >

Minneapolis Greenprint: 2011 Environmental report
City of Minneapolis, April 2011, 16 pp.
The sixth annual Greenprint reports on efforts by the City of Minneapolis to protect and enhance its urban environment, including information on energy and emissions, urban design and mobility, clean water and the green economy.   more info >

Parks, playgrounds and active living
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, February 2010, 15 pp.
Summarizes the body of evidence concerning the role of parks in shaping active lifestyles across a variety of populations, including children, seniors, lower-income families, and more.   more info >

The transportation prescription: Bold new ideas for healthy, equitable transportation reform in America
Policy Link and Prevention Institute, July 2009, 36 pp.
This report analyzes the intersection of transportation, health, and policy in order to make policy recommendations.   more info >

The third Minnesota report card on environmental literacy: A survey of adult environmental knowledge, attitudes and behavior
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, December 2008, 101 pp.
Statewide survey concerning environmental literacy of adults in Minnesota. It asked about knowledge of environmental topics, attitudes toward the environment, and environmental behaviors. Data are compared to data from two previous surveys.   more info >

The CARE roadmap: 10-step plan to improve community environment and health
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, June 2008, 17 pp.
Practical tool for communities to identify, prioritize, and address environmental health risks. The roadmap identifies steps to build community consensus and mobilize to take action to reduce the environmental health risks and impacts.   more info >

ERP states produce results: States' experience implementing the Environmental Results Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, December 2007, 36 pp.
Describes the Environmental Results Program and the results and benefits state projects are generating. ERP is an integrated approach to addressing environmental problems associated with various business sectors having large numbers of small facilities. Completed ERP projects have yielded improvements in sectors such as auto shops and dry cleaners.   more info >

Toxic wastes and race at twenty: 1987 - 2007
The United Church of Christ, March 2007, 160 pp.
Examines census data and national data on commercial hazardous waste facilities to assess the extent of racial and socioeconomic disparities in facility locations. The report also examines racial disparities by region, state, and for metropolitan areas where most hazardous waste facilities are located.   more info >

The Price of pollution: Cost estimates of environment-related childhood disease in Minnesota
Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, January 2006, 19 pp.
Quantifies some of the economic impacts of environmental contributors to childhood asthma, cancer, lead poisoning, birth defects and neurobehavioral disorders in Minnesota. The report finds that pollution costs Minnesota an estimated $1.5 billion each year in costs related to childhood disease.   more info >

Our health and the health of the environment: How are they connected? What can we do to improve both?
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment, September 2004, 19 pp.
Explains the links between chronic illness, toxic chemicals, and other environmental contaminants. Provides examples of legislative and corporate policies aimed at improving our health and the health of the environment.   more info >

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Designing and building healthy places
Resources from the CDC's Healthy Community Design Initiative. Healthy community design integrates evidence-based health strategies into community planning, transportation, and land-use decisions.   more info >

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