Ideas at work

Find initiatives and collaborations working on improving the environment and learn about effective strategies for action.

Initiatives and Collaborations

Air Pollution and Respiratory Health
The Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch (APRHB) leads CDC’s fight against environmental-related respiratory illnesses, including asthma, and studies indoor and outdoor air pollution.

Center for Neighborhood Technology
Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) is a leader in promoting more livable and sustainable urban communities. CNT’s work in climate, energy, water, transportation and community development  helps neighborhoods, cities, and regions work better for everyone.

Designing and building healthy places
Resources from the CDC's Healthy Community Design Initiative. Healthy community design integrates evidence-based health strategies into community planning, transportation, and land-use decisions.

Energy and Environmental Research Center
A high-tech, nonprofit branch of the University of North Dakota, the EERC is one of the world’s leading developers of cleaner, more efficient energy and environmental technologies to protect and clean our air, water, and soil.

Eureka Recycling
One of the largest nonprofit recycles in the U.S. and a leader in demonstrating the best waste reduction and recycling practices not only for the Twin Cities metro area, but for the nation.

Habitat and Population Evaluation Team
HAPET works to provide biological decision support through regional conservation planning, develop and apply models that relate bird populations to their habitats, integrate continental avian conservation initiatives through landscape design, assess the impacts of habitat management on bird populations, and act as a liaison manager and researcher, insuring that management information needs are met and that research results are relevantly applied.

National Water Program
The goal of the National Water Program is to protect or improve water resources throughout the United States and its territories through research, education and extension efforts. The National Water Program has identified Drinking Water and Human Health as a theme on which to focus these efforts.

North Dakota Department of Health

North Dakota Game and Fish Department
The mission of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is to protect, conserve and enhance fish and wildlife populations and their habitat for sustained public consumptive and appreciative use.

North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department
The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department aims to provide and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities through diverse parks and programs that conserve the states’ natural diversity.

North Dakota Partners for Fish and Wildlife
The goals of the North Dakota Partners Program serve to enhance wildlife populations and the Fish and Service’s ability to fulfill its mission in other programs, particularly the National Wildlife Refuge System.

North Dakota State Water Commission
The State Water Commission provides effective management of North Dakota’s water resources and aims to improve the quality of life and to strengthen the economy of North Dakota by managing the water resources of the state for the benefit of its people.

Rocky Mountain Institute
RMI's style is non-adversarial and trans-ideological, emphasizing integrative design, advanced technologies, and mindful markets. Our strategic focus, executed through specific initiatives designed to take our work rapidly to scale, is to map and drive the transition from coal and oil to efficiency and renewables.

Trust for Public Land
A national, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.

Vision West ND
The Vision West ND project, which covers the 19 oil and gas producing counties in western North Dakota, is setting the stage for economic sustainability. Through strategic planning sessions, community leaders and citizens identify strategies most likely to succeed in their region. The primary goals of the project are to address immediate, short-term needs to meet growth management challenges and establish a diversified economy in the future through the development of local and regional strategic plans. Additionally, over 25 infrastructure assessments will be completed for participating communities. The Shale Webinar Series extends projections of drilling, employment, and population from two credible sources to the oil-producing counties of western North Dakota.

Access to Healthy food

American Community Gardening
The Mission of the American Community Gardening Association is to build community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada.

Community and Local Food Resources
University of Minnesota Extension provides resources to support rural communities just beginning to build their community food systems as well as those whose local food systems are already strong. 

Community Gardens in North Dakota
Community gardens are collaborative projects on shared open spaces where participants work together and share in the products of the garden. Locations of community gardens in ND:

Conduent Community Health
Promising practices database for multiple topic areas.

Creating a Hunger Free North Dakota Coalition
The Creating a Hunger Free North Dakota (CHFND) Coalition is a statewide network of organizations, agencies and individuals established to collectively identify and address the unmet food and hunger needs and their underlying causes. The Coalition works through advocacy, research, education and outreach to meet the vision of a hunger free North Dakota.

Farm to School
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy provides the semester-long Farm to School Youth Leadership curriculum which is designed to empower high school students and engage them in meaningful, hands-on learning activities that also strengthen their school’s Farm to School program and link them directly with farmers in their community.

Food and Nutrition
North Dakota State University provides an array of information on food and nutrition including local foods, and the latest nutrition, food safety and health impact reports throughout North Dakota counties.

The Great Plains Food Bank
The Great Plains Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in North Dakota with the mission to end hunger in North Dakota and western Minnesota through community partnerships. The Food Bank works with hundreds of food industry donors and charitable feeding programs, and thousands of volunteers and financial supporters towards creating hunger-free communities.

Let's Eat Local!
Let's Eat Local! is part of the Cass Clay Food Systems Initiative (CCFSI), which was started with the purpose to impact all levels of our community food system to assure that residents have access to safe, nutritious, and affordable foods.

The ND Dept. of Agriculture Local Food Initiative
The Department of Agriculture drives the local foods movement with great support and partnership from the North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association, the Farm to School initiative, specialty crop groups, and numerous rural communities.

The North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association
is a marketing organization that works towards building a farmers market program that connects producers and consumers, help producers and market managers improve their marketing skills to provide locally grown and processed North Dakota products and to increase consumer and producer awareness on the benefits of fresh, locally grown products.

The North Dakota Farm to School Program
The North Dakota Farm to School program connects schools with local food producers and promotes the introduction of local food on schools’ menus and educate children about healthy food and nutrition.

PolicyLink. Improving Access to Healthy Food
PolicyLink is a center who integrates research and actions into policy initiatives to ensure that people can live, work, and play in healthy neighborhoods.

Evidence based strategies

These websites identify proven strategies to address this topic area.  Keep in mind that each source differs in their definition of what is "evidence-based" or "proven."

Health-evidence Canada
A registry of systematic reviews on the effectiveness of public health and health promotion interventions. Includes some environmental health interventions.

Conduent Community Health
Healthy Communities Institute provides resources to identify at-risk populations and areas of need, implement evidence-based programs, create efficiencies through internal and community-based partnerships, and track and report measurable results in a compelling way.

Red Lodge Clearinghouse
Red Lodge Clearinghouse makes participation in natural resources decision making easier than before and provides lessons learned from environmental initiatives.

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