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Environmental Health

This section provides an overview of some representative projects we have conducted relating to environmental health. For additional projects, see also our pages on air , landscaping, household hazardous waste, and   water. Using the annotated alphabetical list below, you can select project summaries, and/or link directly to some examples of our work.  If you prefer, you can also select projects by service or area of focus


Envirodesic™ Certification Program.  Provided a variety of market research,  strategic alliance development, and media relations services for a certification program that identifies low-emission building and maintenance products.

Environmental Illness  Conducted research to estimate the economic and social costs of environmental illness in Canada. 

Green Communities  Served as a social marketing advisor and trainer, developed a social marketing toolkit for use by the communities, and provided ongoing planning and implementation assistance. The training and toolkit covered a number of environmental health issues including pesticide reduction and household hazardous waste.  We also conducted the initial public research and strategy recommendations for the Green Communities Association's new well stewardship program. 

Healthy Housing  Helped Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) develop a national communication strategy for its Healthy Housing initiative, which places a focus on occupant health.

Healthy Schools  Helped develop the website at www.healthyschools.com

Healthy Indoors  Cullbridge helped birth and provides ongoing Executive Director services to the Healthy Indoors Partnership, a not-for-profit organization that promotes healthier indoor environments in Canada through multi-stakeholder collaboration.

Pesticide Reduction Best Practices.   Researched the relative effectiveness of outreach approaches being used in Canada, USA and Europe for reducing the cosmetic use of pesticides on residential property, both with and without legislative intervention (e.g. pesticide by-laws.) 

Pesticide Round Table and Public Education Strategy Blueprint.  Co-sponsored, helped organize, and presented a session at the Forum on Public Education Strategies to Encourage Gardening for Life.  The forum included over 25 participants selected from across Canada, and took place over two and a half days. Participants discussed education strategies, and developed a Public Education Strategy Blueprint that will enable municipalities and community groups across Canada to encourage Canadians to reduce the cosmetic residential use of pesticides.

Synthesis of the Community Animation Program (CAP) Provided a national synthesis of the approaches taken and lessons learned from CAP, a community-based environmental health animation program, run cooperatively by Environment Canada and Health Canada. 

Tools of Change Web site  Founded on the principles of community-based social marketing, this site links a growing bank of case studies and ‘lessons learned’ with planning guides and worksheets, to help program planners and implementers learn more quickly from their collective experience. It highlights approaches that have been particularly successful so that they can be replicated and built upon, as well as "turnkey" programs that have been ‘pre-packaged’ for use by others. The site is full of examples that are presented to each user in a customized manner, according to his or her interest profile. Users can save their planning work between sessions, and can download the resulting draft plans and work summaries to common word processors for further refinement. The site currently hosts 15 full case studies of outreach programs focused on environmental health issues.

Trade Association  On the basis of interviews with a variety of environmental stakeholders, advised the Ontario and Quebec trade associations for grain corn producers on 'building bridges' with the environmental community regarding environmental health issues related to corn farming practices.

UNEP OzonAction Clearinghouse Service  Conducted an Independent evaluation of the global OzonAction clearinghouse operated by the United Nations Environment Program in support of the Montreal Protocol.

Voluntary Measures  Co-authored a report covering the legal aspects of indoor air quality in Canada, market drivers and barriers, reviews of selected voluntary initiatives, expert interviews, an analysis of barriers and key elements for success, and a proposal for a national strategy emphasizing voluntary initiatives.

 

 

Workshops

In collaboration with the Tools of Change Educational Institute, Cullbridge offers popular talks and workshops on planning and evaluating social marketing programs covering a wide range of topics related to environmental health. Available worldwide.  

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Tools of Change

Tools of Change Workbook

Workbook: Includes 7 full case studies on active transportation and pesticide reduction. View or order it on-line from Renouf Publishing.   After entering the bookstore, use the Search button at the top to search for the title 'Tools of Change'.

Website: Includes 30 full environmental, health and safety case studies. www.toolsofchange.com

Outreach Best Practices

Why re-invent the wheel? One of the best ways of giving your program a head start, is to begin with best practice research or benchmarking. Cullbridge is routinely carrying out this sort of research so we are set up to do it cost-effectively; we may already have found and documented many of the best programs in your area of interest. We have on-file recent best practice reviews covering outreach programs in the following topic areas:

  • Clean air

  • Residential pesticide reduction

  • Well stewardship

Highlights

United Nations Environment Program

 

Cullbridge conducted an Independent evaluation of the global OzonAction clearinghouse operated by the United Nations Environment Program to reduce ozone-depleting substances.

Healthy Indoors Partnership

Cullbridge helped birth and provides ongoing Executive Director services to the Healthy Indoors Partnership.

Well Aware

We conducted the initial public research and strategy recommendations for the Green Communities Association's new well stewardship program. The first 50,000 copies of the resulting Well Aware booklet were so popular that in 2003 the GCA  printed another 30,000.

Pesticide Reduction Round Table

Cullbridge co-sponsored, helped organize, and presented a session at the Forum on Public Education Strategies to Encourage Gardening for Life. 

Pesticide Reduction Best Practices

We researched the relative effectiveness of outreach approaches being used in Canada, USA and Europe for reducing the cosmetic use of pesticides on residential property.

 
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