Community: EnviroNotes

What are EnviroNotes?

EnviroNotes is a community connections project bridging the community with environmental health researchers at the University of Cincinnati. Environmental health articles, created by CEG members, are written in response to community questions and then published in The Anchor, a news source for everything local in the Mid-Ohio Valley. EnviroNotes is the product of the strong academic-community partnership between the Marietta CARES research team and the rural, Appalachian community of Marietta, Ohio. EnviroNotes directly connects rural, Appalachian communities in the Mid-Ohio Valley with CEG scientists’ expertise and cutting-edge research. 

The idea for this project came from a CARES Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB) meeting when discussing possible outreach mechanisms. The SAB identified specific, community-relevant EHS topics to form the basis for EnviroNotes articles, including suggestions on topics such as pesticides, bedbugs, fracking, air quality, volatile organic compounds, water quality, tobacco, and hookahs. These topics were researched and written by Callie Lyons, Editor of The Anchor. Topics were reviewed for scientific accuracy, additional findings by CEG scientists were identified through the COEC, and then finalized for print. The Anchor produced extended exposure of EnviroNotes topics and reached a wide range of audiences. The newspaper’s circulation is roughly 5,000 in printed copies.

Topics covered to date include air quality and pollution, household filters, and particulate matter. In order to engage community members in the topics, a “Contact Us” link was added at the end of each article for community members to request EnviroNotes topics.

Check out current EnviroNotes issues!

What You Should Know About the Air You Breathe, 3/30/2011

Particulate Matter, 6/8/2011

Household Filters-Do They Work?, 8/3/2011

Controlling Air Pollution in Your Home, 8/17/2011


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