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Children's Environmental Health Excellence Awards

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6.1 million children have asthma (PDF) (2 pp, 29K). About 430,000 American children (approximately 2 percent) ages 1–5 had elevated levels of lead in their blood in 1999–2000 (PDF) (181 pp, 1.4MB, see page 53). According to the World Health Organization, more than 33 percent of disease in children under the age of 5 is caused by environmental exposures.

The Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Awards recognize ongoing and sustainable dedication to, and notable leadership in, protecting children from environmental health risks at the local, regional, national, and international level.

The 2005 Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Awards recognized the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) for providing pediatric environmental health training to clinical trainees and serving as a resource to communities regarding pediatric environmental health concerns. View a list of 2005 winners. The 2006 Awards honored the Ashkin Group, LLC, a nationally renowned consulting firm, for using the marketplace to drive voluntary changes that reduced the health and environmental impacts associated with the cleaning industry. Their efforts inspired the Chicago Public Schools to adopt a districtwide policy to promote green cleaning. View a list of 2006 winners.

EPA accepted applications for the 2007 Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Awards through June 15, 2007. Excellence Award winners were selected through a competitive process. Awards were given in each of the categories listed below.

  • Building Health Professional Capacity: Recognizing efforts to increase the number of health professionals who can address pediatric environmental health concerns.

  • Corporate Leader: Recognizing the actions of industry and business leaders to promote healthy environments for children.

  • Promoting Healthy School Environments: Recognizing the most successful efforts by school districts and states to create healthy learning environments for children using HealthySEAT or a comparable system.

  • Science Achievement: Recognizing science leaders for their contribution to the body of peer-reviewed children’s environmental health literature.

Winners were honored at a reception in Washington, DC, in October. Winners received the right to use the Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Awards logo, were recognized on EPA's Web site and in a press release, and had photos taken with a senior EPA official.

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