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Guidance for Communities Impacted by Contaminants

The research centers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Cincinnati, and University of Pennsylvania developed a three-part learning module in collaboration with their respective community groups and with governmental organizations and industries.

  • Module 1 sets the stage with background descriptions of three sites having significant contaminant exposures to the community members.
  • Module 2 offers guidance on forming community groups and on building respectful relationships.
  • Module 3 provides useful information for governmental agencies and companies on approaches in creating productive engagements and building sustainable relationships.

Within the modules, there are interactive questions to prompt the viewer to make choices and thereby learn from these online experiences. Additionally, to make progress in handling of environmental problems, the university teams also identify several key strategies in this learning program.

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Webinar: Lessons Learned Along the Road to Environmental Clean Up

Lead a workshop in your community using this webinar.

This webinar was designed to assist facilitators and others interested in leading workshops. It provides for a 30-minute familiarization preview, which includes a review of the navigation tools, as well as examples of the different kinds of activities available. These include short histories of three Superfund sites, follow-up questions for discussion, an articulate storyline scenario for making choices, simulating a family‘s experiences with a contaminate in their water supply, and a collection of interviews with community members from the three sites.

Importantly, the Lessons Learned resource includes advice for both government agencies and for companies who are responsible parties. Overall, the insights from this webinar will equip the listeners with the ability to use and disseminate the information to their respective communities. We recommend this webinar as a convenient tool for preparing instructors to lead class discussions and to share this resource with community members.

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Tactile Learning Kits for Teaching Environmental Health

Using LEGO™ bricks as atoms offers tactile approaches to help people learn by visualizing key processes in environmental health sciences. These hands-on models are an inviting way to learn, even for those without a technical background. Because the colors of these model atoms are the standardized chemistry colors, young people learn the correct colors for the elements from the start. Another benefit is that some of the key concepts about molecules can be taught without having to explain the details of electron bonding.