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Cumulative Impacts Working Group

This Working Group receives information about and participates in the Cumulative Impacts Project. This is a project of CHE with the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN), along with an advisory group of environmental health and justice advocates, scientists, scholars, and agency staff members.

“Cumulative impacts” refers to the total harm to human health and the environment that results from combinations of assaults and stressors over time. The Cumulative Impacts Project is dedicated to promoting science, law, and policy that will reduce cumulative impacts.

Our laws and decision-making structures have either ignored cumulative impacts or called for addressing them without saying how. This is beginning to change, however. The Cumulative Impacts Project aims to move that conversation forward by pooling information on cumulative impacts in three spheres:
 
Ecosystems—local, planetary, climate change
Communities—environmental justice and vulnerable populations

Human health—multiple factors in disease and disability

These three spheres represent different aspects of the problem of cumulative impacts and leverage points for addressing it. They also overlap and affect each other. Together they call for new precautionary decision structures and initiatives aimed at reducing total environmental impacts.

The Cumulative Impacts Project website collects the latest science, emerging best practices, analytical tools, and legal shifts that can reduce cumulative harm to our planet, our communities, and ourselves. This information is being collected on the Cumulative Impacts Project website which launched in May 2011.
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The Cumulative Impacts Working Group conducts monthly conference calls about a project or issue related to cumulative impacts on human health and the environment, often with one presenter followed by discussion. We hope you will join us!

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the Cumulative Impacts Project to learn more, suggest resources for the website,  and add your ideas.

Past Calls

October 1, 2014 --

CHE Alaska call: NIEHS and Environmental Disparities in Alaska
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

July 10, 2014 --

CHE Partnership Call - Breathing Deep: Air Pollution, Health, and Public Health Policy
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

June 12, 2014 --

Cumulative Impacts Working Group call: Using Cumulative Impacts Analysis to Protect Public Health with Dr. Peter Montague
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

April 15, 2014 --

Cumulative Impacts Working Group call: Carolyn Raffensperger on Establishing Community Rights to Transform Environmental and Public Health Decision-Making
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

January 21, 2014 --

Cumulative Impacts Working Group call: Chemical and Psychological Stressors and Health
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

November 12, 2013 --

Cumulative Impacts Working Group call: Cumulative Impacts and the US Environmental Health Movement
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

October 24, 2013 --

CHE Partnership Call - Environmental Justice and the Superfund Research Program: Community Collaborations Making a Difference
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

June 27, 2013 --

Cumulative Impacts Working Group call: National and International Perspectives on Nutrition, Food, Food Security, and Agricultural Systems: Reconnecting the Personal, Public, and Environmental Health
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

June 18, 2012 --

Cumulative Impacts Working Group Strategic Meeting
Background Information / Resources

Listen to the MP3 recording
(note: the sound quality of this call was slightly compromised, apologies for any impact this has on your ability to listen to it.)
 

March 28, 2012 --

Cumulative Impacts Working Group call: New Energy Developments: Social and Environmental Impacts
Background Information / Resources

Listen to the MP3 recording

February 16, 2012 --

Cumulative Impacts Working Group call: Climate Change Vulnerability and Cumulative Impacts
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

 

January 12, 2012 --

Cumulative Impacts Working Group call: Analyzing and Addressing Cumulative Impacts Using an Ecological and Complexity Model
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

 

December 15, 2011 --

Cumulative Impacts Working Group call: Community Benefits Agreements: Tools for Improving Public Health
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

 

December 1, 2011 --

Cumulative Impacts Working Group call: Assessing and Addressing Cumulative Impacts in Communities
Background Information / Resources
Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

October 3, 2011 --
Cumulative Impacts Working Group call: No Borders: Communities Living and Working With ASARCO, a discussion with Lin Nelson and Anne Fischel
Background Information / Resources
Listen to the MP3 recording
September 20, 2011 --

Cumulative Impacts Working Group call: Emerging Trends in the Field of Cumulative Impacts
Background Information / Resources
Listen to the MP3 recording

 

June 16, 2011 --

CHE Partnership Call - Cumulative Impacts on Health: New Community-Based Research Projects, Part 2
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

June 9, 2011 --

CHE Partnership Call - Cumulative Impacts on Health: New Community-Based Research Projects
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

January 18, 2011 --

CHE Partnership Call - Cumulative Impacts and Environmental Justice: A conversation with Manuel Pastor
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

May 18, 2005 --

Over the Top: The Cumulative Impact of Environmental Health Stressors
Call Transcripts

Background Information/Resources

Listen to the audio recording of this call
(MP3 format)

 

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