Environmental Health

This section of the site provides quick access to case studies and helpful on-line social marketing resources for addressing environmental health. We welcome suggestions for additional case studies and resources

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March 15, 2017 Four New Materials Added in this Topic Category in the Past Year
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Most Recent Environmental Health Case Studies

Landmark Case Study HSBC Clean Air Achievers  EnvironmentHealth

CAC's HSBC Clean Air Achievers programs provides youth with a chance to meet high profile athletes and be inspired by personal messages to adopt healthier, more active and sustainable lifestyles. The program has dual goals of reducing air pollution and increasing physical activity levels via active transportation. Designated a Landmark case study in 2013. 

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20/20 The Way to Clean Air  EnvironmentHealth

20/20 The Way to Clean Air involved individuals in the Greater Toronto Area in reducing home energy use and vehicle use by 20%. It asked participants to make a small commitment (some easy-to-do activities done for a period of two weeks), leading to a larger commitment (longer-term, greater cost savings actions), and connected them with programs and services that helped them succeed.

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Switch Out Mercury Recovery Program  EnvironmentHealth

The Switch Out program draws on the voluntary assistance of Canadian automotive recyclers to remove light switches containing mercury from end-of-life vehicles. Initiated by the Clean Air Foundation (CAF) in June 2001, Switch Out has significantly reduced the impact of mercury disposal into the environment.

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Quebec's Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides  EnvironmentHealth

The Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (CAP) brought about a quick change in thinking regarding pesticides, and engaged citizens and other organizations to organize their own pesticide reduction efforts, with their Pesticide Free Naturally campaign in the province of Quebec, Canada. Their program used action kits with lawn signs, community workshops and events, low-cost memberships and mass media. A survey included with the action kits (self reported) indicated changes in pesticide use as well. This campaign built on the one originally developed by the Green Communities Association.

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Reducing Pesticide Use in Hudson, St. Lazare, and Notre Dame de L'Ile Perrot  EnvironmentHealth

A combination of by-laws with escalating fines and home visits has enabled a number of small towns in Quebec, Canada to reduce the cosmetic use of pesticides on residential properties by 80 to 90%.

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Manitoba Heavy Construction Association's Safety, Health and Environment Program  EnvironmentHealthSafety

Manitoba heavy construction companies are more eager than ever to learn safety, health and environment skills since the industry's trade association launched a revamped, user-friendly new support program. Organizers of the Manitoba Heavy Construction Associations Safety, Health Environment Program (SHEP) hope this interest will lead to fewer worker injuries and environmental accidents. Write-up funding provided by Environment Canada's National Office of Pollution Prevention.

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Waterloo's Plant Health Care Program  EnvironmentHealth

The City of Waterloo has dramatically decreased its use of pesticides on municipally owned land through practices that promote healthy, vigorous turf and soil. The city's Plant Health Care Program (PHCP), first conceived of more than 20 years ago, has over time become Waterloo's preferred method of turf care. Funding for this write-up was provided by Environment Canada's National Office of Pollution Prevention.

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Bert the Salmon: Promoting Natural Lawn Care in the Seattle Area  EnvironmentHealth

An extremely successful, media-based public relations campaign has convinced hundreds of thousands of Seattle-area homeowners to turn their backs on many environmentally harmful lawn care practices and embrace elements of natural lawn care. The campaign also uses a habit change kit that includes a lawn sign.

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Calgary Commuter Challenge  EnvironmentHealth

The Calgary Commuter Challenge is an annual, weeklong event designed to encourage commuters to use cleaner and healthier forms of transportation. Participating organizations compete with each other for the highest rates of employee participation. The city of Calgary also competes against other Canadian cities in the nation-wide Commuter Challenge.

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Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in Panama  EnvironmentHealth

This case study describes the experiences of a Canadian woman working as a project leader promoting sustainable agriculture in a rural village in Panama. It provides some tips on improving the success of programs aimed at promoting sustainable agriculture, with a focus on building partnerships and achieving buy-in.

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Turn it Off  EnvironmentHealth

Turn it Off is a community-based initiative to encourage individuals to avoid idling their vehicles while waiting at such places as school pick-up areas and transit Kiss and Ride parking lots. Replicability: high.

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Oregon's Air Quality Public Education and Incentive Program  EnvironmentHealth

This ongoing program educates the public and provides incentives to improve air quality in Portland. It uses non-regulatory approaches that target vehicles, lawnmowers, paints and certain consumer products - to reduce emissions from Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

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Improving Employee Transportation: The Cambie Corridor Consortium  EnvironmentHealth

The Cambie Corridor Consortium (CCC) was the first transportation management association (TMA) established in Canada. A TMA is an alliance of business, government, and other groups that aims to reduce traffic in a particular area by pooling resources and expertise. Cambie's aim is to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles commuting to the Cambie/Broadway area of Vancouver and improve air quality by providing alternative transportation solutions and information. Approximately 25,000 employees are represented through CCC's 21 members.

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Spare the Air  EnvironmentHealth

When air pollution concentrations approach unhealthy levels, people living and working within the San Francisco Bay Area are notified, and encouraged to avoid activities that pollute the air. Partnerships with local businesses and public agencies allow the program to target commuters at work, and offer information, incentives and services to help them choose less polluting alternatives.

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Ozone Action Program  EnvironmentHealth

In Southeast Michigan, the Clean Air Coalition runs a program to help reduce the formation of ground level ozone, which is a threat to environmental and human health and is one of the primary contributors to smog. The Ozone Action Program educates households and businesses, and encourages participation in voluntary ozone reduction activities. A key component of the program involves Ozone Action alerts which are issued when ozone levels are expected to exceed federal standards the following day.

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Most Recent Environmental Health Resources

Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health  EnvironmentHealth

The Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health publishes highly credible reports documenting the impacts of climate change on health.

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U.S. National Social Norms Center  Health

Links best evidence with practice to promote effective social norms marketing campaigns to improve health on college campuses and beyond.

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Factors Influencing Health Behaviours in response to the Air Quality Health Index  EnvironmentHealth

This research looked at the predictors, motivators and barriers at the individual level, of following and acting on advice provided through the Air Quality Health Index program. Read More »

Engaging Teachers to Communicate Scientific Consensus on Climate Change and Other Topics  EnvironmentHealthSafety

When consensus about a risk or mitigating behavior is newly developed and/or not clearly understood, communicating that consensus through teachers / instructors can be critical. While this blog entry focuses on climate change, it may also apply to new understandings in many topic areas.

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Program Impact Attribution  EnvironmentHealthSafety

This document provides a brief summary of options for assessing what portion of any measured behavior changes resulted from your program and what portion resulted from other influences. These options can also be used to attribute the affects of your program on a wide range of related variables such as resources used, pollutants released, accident rates and health status.

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Program Evaluation Methods; Measurement and Attribution of Program Results  EnvironmentHealthSafety

A good, detailed, freely accessible overview of program evaluation and attribution methods.

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Framing Environmental Health  EnvironmentHealth

The toolkit models how to use the FrameWorks Institute's evidence-based recommendations for communicating with average Americans about these issues in ways that build public understanding and support.

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Centre for Climate Change Communications  EnvironmentHealth

Includes a climate change communication primer for public health professionals, and reports based on ongoing national surveys of Americans' climate change and energy beliefs, attitudes, policy support and behavior

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Public Perceptions of the Health Consequences of Global Warming  EnvironmentHealth

This study suggests the need for a public health education campaign to help Americans understand the health risks of climate change.

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Communicating Climate Change with the European Centre-right  EnvironmentHealth

This is the first report on this theme written for a European audience.  It follows a 2013 report on communicating with a centre-right audiences in Britain. The approach taken is strongly grounded in the wider research into political values and framing and is intended to complement similar research in the US.

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Connecting on Climate: A Guide to Effective Climate Change Communication  EnvironmentHealth

This guide presents information on effective climate change communication in a digestible, actionable form to enable communicators to 'up their game' when engaging Americans on climate solutions of all types and scales.

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What's in a Name? Global Warming vs. Climate Change  EnvironmentHealth

This report provides results from three studies that collectively find that global warming and climate change are often not synonymous--they mean different things to different people--and activate different sets of beliefs, feelings, and behaviors, as well as different degrees of urgency about the need to respond.

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Research-Tested Intervention Programs  Health

RTIPs is a searchable database of cancer control interventions and program materials and is designed to provide program planners and public health practitioners easy and immediate access to research-tested materials.

Topics include specific cancers, diet / nutrition, obesity, physical activity, sun safety and tobacco

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A free, searchable online registry of systematic reviews on the effectiveness of public health and health promotion interventions. The content has been quality rated. Bilingual (English and French).

Topics include: AIDS, environmental health, fitness, injury prevention, nutrition, safety, cycling, walking, water quality

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Photoshare  EnvironmentHealth

Provides images related to AIDS / HIV, environment (especially agriculture, environmental protection and water) maternal and child health

Includes over 17,000 images available free-of-charge upon request for non-profit use promoting international health and development

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