Helpful Links
Below is a list of our recommended links to learn more about environmental hazards affecting young children and resources in addressing these issues. Many have been cited in the appropriate sections on this site. The links are separated into six sections. You can also check out our Helpful Reports section to learn more information on environmental hazards.

    Children's Environmental Health

    • Collaborative on Health and the Environment, The (CHE)  
      The Collaborative on Health and the Environment [CHE] is a network of concerned people and organizations working together toward the shared goal of improving public and individual health. CHE's website brings you the latest science on health and the environment. For their latest information on environmental health, click onto:
    • Institute for Children’s Environmental Health  
      The Institute for Children's Environmental Health [ICEH] is leading a national collaboration of learning disability advocates and researchers connected with the Collaborative for Health and the Environment. It has a substantial amount of information about children's environmental health basics on its website.
    • Environmental Working Group  
      The Environmental Working Group [EWG] recently published a report on the toxins found in babies' blood cord samples. It has also issued a report on toxins found in specific adults, and it has an extensive database describing the toxins found in personal care products, health care products sold for use by infants and toddlers.
    • Environment California  
      Environment California produced an excellent report on children's exposures to environmental hazards and the links to developmental diseases: "Growing Up Toxic: Chemical Exposures and Increases in Developmental Diseases." See also its new report on dangerous plastic toxins prevalent in newborns at the website.
    • U.S. EPA  
      The federal Environmental Protection Agency has a website on the latest information about protecting children's health from environmental hazards. It includes a seminal report and updates on children's "body burdens," or the levels of toxic chemicals found in their bodies, as well as tips on how to protect children and information on potential environmental hazards.
    • The Children’s Health Environmental Coalition  
      Children's Health Environmental Coalition [CHEC] is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public, specifically parents and caregivers, about environmental toxins that affect children's health. It contains several useful features including a link to an extensive database about home and personal care products containing toxic chemicals and alternatives that can be used.
    • Children’s Environmental Health Network  
      Mt. Sinai's School of Medicine in New York City established the Center for Children's Health and the Environment (CCHE) as the nation's first academic research and policy center to examine the links between exposure to toxic pollutants and childhood illness. Its website includes powerful public health ads published in the New York Times on children's environmental health issues and cites to scientific research papers supporting the ads.
    • Center for Children’s Health and Environment  
      The Children's Environmental Health Network [CEHN] is a national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the fetus and the child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthy environment. The website provides information on children's environmental health issues.
    • Pesticide Action Network of North America  
      The Pesticide Action Network North America's [PANNA] website features a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on the analysis of pesticide-related data in children. The report finds that children shoulder the heaviest "pesticide body burden." Click on the link below to read the details of this first-time public report. See also related information on the Californians for Pesticide Reform's website.

    Home Environmental Hazards
    Resources on protecting children's exposures to environmental hazards in the home

    • Children’s Health Environmental Coalition’s HealtheHouse  
      The Children's Health Environmental Coalition has a HealtheHouse that gives a virtual tour of potential toxins in the home.
    • National Center for Healthy Housing  
      See also this website for extensive information on healthy housing.
    • Alliance for Healthy Housing  
      The Alliance for Healthy Homes website contains good information on how to make housing healthy for children. It was formerly known as the Alliance to Prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning. See also the website of the National Center for Healthy Housing at
    • The California Air Resources Board [CARB]  
      The California Air Resources Board [CARB] recently published a report to the State Legislature describing the many indoor air toxins with emphasis on children's special vulnerabilities to many of these toxins and the link between them and childhood diseases and disabilities. It stated once again that the affect of indoor air exposures on children's health can be worse than outdoor air pollution. See the final report at this web address.
    • The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health  
      The Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health has educational materials in both English and Spanish on how to make a healthy home for a healthy child.
    • The U.S. HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control  
      The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has an Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control that works to eliminate lead and other environmental hazards in housing.
    • Clean Water Fund  
      The Clean Water Fund's website provides information about hazardous household products and safer alternatives.
    • Breast Cancer Action  
      Breast Cancer Action's website has information on safe household alternatives and other hazardous consumer products like cosmetics.
    • American Lung Association  
      The American Lung Association features tipsheets on how to avoid asthma triggers in the home.
    • Children’s Environmental Health Promotion [SF DPH]  
      The Central mission of Children's Environmental Health Promotion (CEHP) is the prevention of lead poisoning and the control of asthma. Since 1992, the Childhood Lead Prevention Program works in partnership with community and city agencies, landlords, and families to advocate for lead-safe homes. The asthma project reaches children and families most affected by asthma and enables them to maintain a healthy environment.

    Healthy School Environment
    Resources on protecting young children from environmental hazards in schools

    • Green Flag Program-CHEJ  
      Curriculum and activities students can use to make their school environment safe. The Green Flag Program is a new project of the national Child Proofing Our Communities Campaign, coordinated by the Center for Health Environment and Justice. The Green Flag Program helps schools become healthier places for kids, and teaches students about the school's environment. In the program, parents, teachers, and kids work together to investigate environmental issues in your school, identify problems, create solutions, and improve your school environment.
    • Healthy Schools Network, Inc.  
      Healthy Schools Network, Inc. (HSN) is a national not for profit organization, centered on children's environmental health, and dedicated to assuring every child and school employee an environmentally safe and healthy school.
    • U.S. EPA’s Healthy School Environments  
      The Environmental Protection Agency's Healthy School Environments web page is intended to serve as a portal to online resources to help parents, teachers, and school administrators address environmental health issues in schools.
    • U.S. EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Design Tools for Schools  
      The EPA launched the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Design Tools for Schools web site. This web-based resource contains recommendations and tools to help communities and design professionals integrate good indoor air quality practices into the design, construction, renovation, and operation and maintenance of K-12 school facilities. Practical, cost-effective actions ranging from walk-off entry mats to advanced ventilation systems can reduce contaminants in schools and help protect the health of children and staff.
    • U.S. EPA’s High Performance School Design Guidelines  
      The EPA has also created a set of high performance school design guidelines specifically for indoor air quality.
    • California Air Resources Board  
      The California Air Resources Board features a website dedicated to asthma and air pollution and its prevalence in California's populations, especially young children.
    • Collaborative for High Performance Schools  
      The Collaborative for High Performance Schools has developed a set of high performance school guidelines that includes improving indoor air quality in schools.
    • California Division of State Architect  
      The California Division of State Architect's website features a section on sustainable schools. This website provides a diverse collection of sustainable building resources, including the numerous benefits from using them, as well as guidelines, programs, case studies, relevant publications, funding options/incentives, and more. The site is geared toward those interested and involved in designing, developing, and constructing high performance schools, such as school administrators and board officials, developers, architects, planners, researchers, teachers, parents, and others.

    General Environmental Health Information

    • Center for Disease Control’s National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals  
      The Center for Disease Control's National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals provides an ongoing assessment of the U.S. population's exposure to environmental chemicals using biomonitoring. Biomonitoring is the assessment of human exposure to chemicals by measuring the chemicals or their metabolites in human specimens such as blood or urine.
    • Collaborative on Health and the Environment, The (CHE)  
      The Collaborative on Health and the Environment [CHE] is a network of concerned people and organizations working together toward the shared goal of improving public and individual health. CHE's website brings you the latest science on health and the environment. For their latest information on environmental health, click onto:
    • Our Stolen Future  
      Our Stolen Future is a scientific detective story that explores the emerging science of endocrine disruption: how some synthetic chemicals interfere with the ways that hormones work in humans and wildlife. The authors of Our Stolen Future provide regular updates about the cutting edge of science related to endocrine disruption on their web site. They will also post information about ongoing policy debates, as well as new suggestions about what consumers and citizens can do to minimize risks related to hormonally-disruptive contaminants.
    • Rachel’s Environment & Health News  
      Rachel's Environment & Health News is an electronic newsletter that provides timely information on toxic substances and other environmental hazards. The newsletter covers many technical issues, such as the toxicity of dioxin, incinerator emissions, rising cancer rates, and the intricacies of risk assessment, but it is written in plain language that anyone can understand. Much of the information covered in Rachel's News never appears in the mainstream media and can only be found in medical and scientific journals that most people never see. Furthermore, Rachel's News tries to put environmental problems into a political context of money and power, so that people can see how all our problems - and all our local fights - are connected. Rachel's News has several newsletters on the Precautionary Principle including one entitled, "Fourteen Reasons for Precaution," as well as a listing of a number of related articles and resources.
    • Breast Cancer Fund (TBCF)  
      The Breast Cancer Fund (TBCF) identifies and advocates for elimination of environmental and other preventable causes of the disease.
    • California State Office of Health Hazard Assessment  
      California State Office of Health Hazard Assessment's overall mission is to protect and enhance public health and the environment by scientific evaluation of risks posed by hazardous substances
    • EnviroHealthAction  
      EnviroHealthAction is an education and action center that provides an online community for health professionals and others interested in environmental health. It is designed to provide busy professionals with the opportunity to access important resources and deliver valuable input to policymakers. The website is powered by the Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Precautionary Principle
    Information on the Precautionary Principle and efforts to implement it

    • Bay Area Working Group on the Precautionary Principle  
      The Bay Area Working Group on the Precautionary Principle is a diverse collaborative of organizations and individuals that promotes and implements precautionary action to protect health and the environment. The website is dedicated to the Precautionary Principle and features ways to take action.
    • Collaborative Health on the Environment  
      The Collaborative Health on the Environment's [CHE] website also features an article on the history, elements, and implementation of the Precautionary Principle.
    • Breast Cancer Fund  
      The Breast Cancer Fund has a summary of the Bay Area Precautionary Principle efforts.
    • Science and Environmental Health Network  
      The Science and Environmental Health Network's website features a section devoted to the Precautionary Principle including background papers and publications.
    • Rachel’s Newsletter and Rachel’s Precaution Reporter  
      Rachel's Environment & Health News has several newsletters on the Precautionary Principle including one entitled, 'Fourteen Reasons for Precaution,' as well as a listing of a number of related articles and resources. Rachel recently started publishing a newsletter dedicated to the implementation of the Precautionary Principle, called Rachel's Precaution Reporter. To start your own free Email subscription to Rachel's Precaution Reporter send a blank Email to one of these addresses: Full HTML edition: Table of Contents edition: In response, you will receive an Email asking you to confirm that you want to subscribe.

    Daily Environmental News

    • Environmental Health News  
      Environmental Health News is published daily by Environmental Health Sciences, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2002 to help increase public understanding of emerging scientific links between environmental exposures and human health. EHS publishes a daily electronic news update of news about the environment and diseases and disabilities, including those toxic exposures related to childhood diseases and disabilities. You can subscribe to "Above the Fold" if you are interested.
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