Active Community Projects and Partnerships
The COEC is actively involved in the following projects and partnerships (listed alphabetically). For an archive of past COEC projects, please visit our projects archive.
Brownfield Redevelopment and Public Health
Brownfield cleanup and redevelopment by private owners or governments can create sites for new housing, businesses, recreation spaces, and services that improve a neighborhood. By eliminating vacancy and blight, redevelopment can improve safety and strengthen the sense of community within neighborhoods. Neighbors often have questions about potential environmental contamination at brownfield sites as cleanup and redevelopment proceeds. Visit the Brownfield redevelopment page to learn more about COEC activities connecting Brownfields and public health.
In 2006, the Southwest Area Neighborhood Association (SWAN), the Rochester Fatherhood Resource Initiative (RFRI), and the University of Rochester Medical Center created a Healthy Home to help the community reduce home-based environmental health hazards. Although the Healthy Home is closed to the public as of December 2009, visitors to this website can learn about the Healthy Home partnership that developed through this project, take a virtual tour of the Healthy Home, and access local resources.
Lead Poisoning Prevention
Despite significant progress over the past decade, lead poisoning remains a threat to many children in the Rochester community. The COEC is involved with several lead poisoning prevention activities, including evaluation and support of the Rochester Lead Ordinance. Visit our lead page to learn more about COEC activities to prevent lead poisoning.
Unconventional Natural Gas Development of the Marcellus Shale
Marcellus Shale gas development, like all industrial processes, has the potential to have a lasting impact on human health, the environment, and communities. It is important to consider these consequences and ensure that systems are in place to minimize potential impacts. The COEC studies potential impacts and provides information regarding the potential health impacts of unconventional shale gas development.
Perinatal Environmental Health
The Environmental Health Sciences Center's key research focus is on the effects of early life environmental exposures. Accordingly, the COEC supports several efforts to improve perinatal environmental health.
Health Impact Assessment
Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a policy and planning tool use to provide decision-makers with information about how their proposed plans and policies will likely impact the health of the communities they serve. In 2011, the COEC convened the Rochester Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Learning Collaborative. Now facilitated by the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, the HIA Learning Collaborative aims to educate community leaders about HIA, promote its application in our area, and explore its long-term potential to improve community health through local decision making.
The COEC continues to actively promote HIA in the Rochester community through this collaborative and other efforts that bring environmental health information into local decision making. In 2012-2013, COEC staff also conducted an HIA of the City of Rochester's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (Healthy Waterways).
Visit the COEC HIA website to learn about HIA and read about Healthy Waterways.