Environmental Health and Land Reuse Certificate Program
Brownfields are land reuse sites often contaminated by harmful chemicals or redeveloped without proper environmental oversight, such as former gas stations, manufactured gas plants, factories, dry cleaners, and abandoned properties. Due to their potentially hazardous status, brownfields sites can lead to harmful exposures in humans while accentuating, and often exacerbating, socioeconomic disparities within their communities. These sites, therefore, have unique funding eligibilities and regulatory steps for developmental processes.
The Environmental Health and Land Reuse (EHLR) Certificate Program is a free online training that consists of six modules:
- Prerequisite: Introduction to the Environmental Health and Land Reuse Certificate Program
- Module 1: Engaging With Your Community
- Module 2: Evaluating Environmental and Health Risks
- Module 3: Communicating Environmental and Health Risks
- Module 4: Redesigning With Health in Mind
- Module 5: Measuring Success
The wealth of knowledge contained in these modules provides the information, procedures, and resources needed to identify, clean up, and redevelop land reuse sites.
Participants can receive either:
- a Community Engagement and Risk Communication Certificate upon completion of the prerequisite and modules 1 and 3 (aimed at public health professionals such as nurses) or
- an Environmental Health and Land Reuse Certificate upon completion of the prerequisite and all five modules (all audiences).
This program is a partnership between the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) to build capacity within communities to help remediate and redevelop many of the brownfields sites around the country.