The Environmental Research Institute of the States (ERIS) is a 501(c)3 education and research nonprofit that supports the Environmental Council of the States. ERIS is not a membership organization.
The purposes of ERIS are:
- To improve the environment of the United States; and
- To further the understanding of the roles and activities of the states in the federal system with respect to environmental protection; and
- To conduct environmental policy research including the dissemination of results through publications, meetings, electronic media, and similar venues; and
- To act as a forum where state environmental policy makers interact with other environmental stakeholders regarding environmental policy in the United States; and
- To provide education programs to assist in the development of environmental policy in the United States; and
- To operate the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council, which shall create a national coalition focused on developing tools and strategies to reduce interstate barriers to the deployment of innovative environmental technologies; and
- For any other lawful purpose consistent with the provisions of the articles of incorporation.
ERIS Board Members
- David Paylor, President
- Bob King, Vice President
- Bill Holman, Secretary-Treasurer
- Christopher Jones, Board Member
- Paul Mercer, Board Member
- John Mitchell, Board Member
- Martha Rudolph, Board Member
- Carolyn Hanson, Deputy Executive Director
- Sarah Grace Longsworth, Project Associate
EPA’s Smoke Sense Now Available as Mobile App
The Smoke Sense application, developed U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development, is now available for mobile devices. Smoke sense is a Citizen Science project aimed to help researchers and communities determine how smoke from fires impacts health and productivity and gain insights needed to develop health risk communication methods during smoky days. The Smoke Sense app provides access to local air quality and smoke information. More information can be found here.
EPA’s National Stormwater Calculator Now Available as Mobile App
In October 2017, U.S. EPA launched the mobile application version of its National Stormwater Calculator (SWC), a program that supports local, state, and national stormwater management objectives and regulatory efforts. The SWC seeks to manage runoff through infiltration and retention using green infrastructure practices as low impact development controls, and includes a cost estimation module that allows planners and managers to evaluate these practices based on comparison of regional and national project planning cost estimates. Predicted performance measures have also been added enabling users to see if the project is being applied as part of new development or redevelopment and if there are existing site constraints.
EPA will hold a free public webinar on November 15 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET to introduce the new features. See additional information and register here.
New Document Highlights ORD-State Interactions
ERIS worked with U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) to gather a set of stories about ORD working with states to provide technical assistance, research, tools, and other resources to address specific challenges. The document highlights work in 27 states. If you have a story about state-ORD interactions that you would like to share, send that information to ECOS staff.
2016 ERIS States’ Research Needs Survey Summary
ERIS has worked closely with the U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) for several years to create a closer link between state science needs and the work of ORD. ERIS distributed its second bi-annual survey last fall. This summary of the 2016 survey results details current environmental priorities and research needs across states.
ERIS Five-Year Strategic Plan
The plan describes the mission, vision, and four goal areas, each of which contains a statement summarizing the goal; a series of strategies by which ERIS aims to achieve each goal; and performance measures to gauge progress toward each goal. Read more here.
EPA’s ORD Shares New Examples of Interactions with States
At the 2016 ECOS Spring Meeting, EPA’s Office of Research and Development shared this document with states to provide them with more information and ideas on how their tools, research, and scientists can help states address environmental concerns.
EPA’s ORD Holds Tools Café for States
EPA’s Office of Research and Development held a Tools Café for ECOS members at the 2015 ECOS Fall Meeting. Information on the tools featured is available here.
2014 Survey of State Research Needs and EPA Response
Throughout the summer and fall of 2014 the ERIS Board conducted a two-part survey looking at state interactions with EPA’s Office of Research and Development and on state research needs. A summary of the results of that survey are available here.
EPA’s Office of Research and Development has provided a comprehensive response on work they are conducting or have completed related to state research needs identified in the 2014 survey (see below). The following documents are related to this response.
ERIS Releases Summary of State Research Needs
May 1, 2017. ERIS releases a summary of states’ current research needs and environmental priorities identified in its second bi-annual survey. The survey, distributed in fall 2016, aimed to coordinate state science needs with the work of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development (ORD). Read the Press Statement here.
ERIS Appoints Two New Board Members
February 9, 2017. ERIS announces the appointments of Paul Mercer (ME) and Martha Rudolph (CO) to its Board of Directors, filling the vacancies arising from the leaving of state service of former board members Leo Drozdoff and Sara Parker Pauley. Read the Press Statement here.
ERIS Announces 2016-2017 Leadership
September 29, 2016. ERIS’ first press release announces the election of David Paylor and Bob King to serve second terms in their roles as ERIS President and Vice President, respectively. It thanks the ERIS Board for their service and announces the leave of Board members Leo Drozdoff and Sara Parker Pauley. Read it here.
The ERIS Special Recognition Award is given annually by the ERIS Board to recognize an individual who, or entity that, has advanced ERIS’ mission and goals and demonstrated a sustained and meaningful commitment to collaboration with state environmental agencies on research and science
Special Recognition Awardees
Mike Murphy (former ITRC Co-Chair; retired, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality)
For his dedicated commitment to ERIS while serving as ITRC Co-Chair from 2012 – January 2017 and involvement in numerous ECOS groups, including engagement in the Planning Committee,
Partnership & Performance Workgroup, and DOD Sustainability Workgroup.
Dr. Thomas Burke (U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development)
For his tireless dedication to a thoughtful and rich conversation between U.S. EPA and state environmental agencies on important and cutting-edge science policy, specifically his deep commitment to aligning EPA’s ORD work with the needs of state agencies that generally do not have the capacity to conduct large scale research.
For ERIS and/or EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD) assistance with your state’s environmental research needs, email ERIS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subscribe to and read EPA’s Science Matters Newsletter
Science to Protect Public Health and the Environment–EPA Research Program Overview 2016-2019: This document provides an overview of the six EPA research programs. It illustrates how the programs are coordinated to form a seamless, innovative and responsive overall research portfolio that meets Agency priorities and the environmental and related human health challenges facing the nation.
EPA Tools and Resources Webinar Series. This monthly webinar is about various EPA tools and resources that can be used by state environment and health agencies, tribes, local governments, communities, and others to help inform decision-making.
- Generally held on the third Wednesday of each month from 3:00 to 4:00 PM ET – upcoming webinar is September 20on Village Blue
- Please contact Lisa Matthews regarding topics of interest for upcoming webinars