Environmental Health Program

Highlighting upstream solutions to protect children, climate, and health.

The Environmental Health Program at the CEEE highlights upstream solutions that protect children, climate, and health, as well as raises awareness about the link between harmful chemicals and their impacts to both people and climate. Our initiatives focus on community practices and state strategies that significantly reduce Iowan’s exposure to common hazardous pollutants. We work with school boards, grounds staff, park managers, child care centers, our network of Local Champions, and others to significantly reduce pesticide use in public spaces. We also coordinate with state organizations and national partners to highlight the practical, land-based farming solutions that build soil, improve water quality, reduce (and in some cases eliminate) pesticide application, strengthen Iowa’s economy, and improve biodiversity - all without impacting long-term agricultural profitability.