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Wood Biomass for Heat and Power: Addressing Public Health Impacts. Presents the most recent science on health risks of exposure to woodsmoke and suggests ways to elevate public health in decisions about non-residential wood burning.
[Download PDF] Executive Summary 12 pages
[Download PDF] Rull Report 78 pages

Investing in Best Practices for Asthma: A Business Case - August 2010 Update. By Polly Hoppin and Laurie Stillman. Produced for the Asthma Regional Council of New England (ARC) at Health Resources in Action (HRiA), in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Updates a 2007 report demonstrating the cost effectiveness of home-based interventions for asthma to supplement medical care, drawing on the research literature as well as case studies of current programs.
[Download PDF] 24 pages

Asthma: A Business Case for Employers and Health Care Purchasers. By Polly Hoppin, Laurie Stillman, and Molly Jacobs. Lowell Center for Sustainable Production and Asthma Regional Council of New England. February, 2010.
[Download PDF] 28 pages

Asthma-Related Chemicals in Massachusetts: an Analysis of Toxics Use Reduction Act Data. By Molly Jacobs, Polly Hoppin, Kathy Sperrazza, and Dick Clapp. Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. July 2009. This report examines the extent to which chemicals that can cause the initial onset of asthma or trigger subsequent asthma attacks are being used by Massachusetts industries who report under the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) program. The analysis of use and air release trends was based on a master list of asthma-related substance.
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A Common Agenda for Health and Environment. Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. May 2009. A Common Agenda for Health and Environment is a statement of commitment to six Generational Goals to be achieved in one generation. Download the report or visit the Toward Tomorrow website to read and support the Agenda.

 

 

 

President's Cancer Panel Fact Sheets, Industrial Carcinogens, Cancer: Air and Water Pollutants, Agriculture and Cancer, Radiation and Cancer. Molly Jacobs, Project Manager in the Lowell Center and Richard Clapp, Adjunct Professor, worked in partnership with the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, Breast Cancer Fund and the Science and Environmental Health Network to develop the following facts sheets (click on fact sheet to download) focused on each of the four President’s Cancer Panel meeting topics, 2009.

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Environmental and Occupational Causes of Cancer: New Evidence, 2005-2007 By Richard W. Clapp, Molly M. Jacobs, and Edward L. Loechler. Prepared for the Cancer Working Group of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment. October, 2007.
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Investing in Best Practices for Asthma: A Business Case for Education and Environmental Interventions. By Hoppin P, Jacobs M, Stillman L. Produced for the Asthma Regional Counci.

Enhancing Asthma Management Using In-Home Environmental Interventions: A Review of Public Health Department Programs, Asthma Regional Council. September 2006. By Hoppin P, Jacobs M and Ribble M. 

Erosion of the Integrity of Public Health Science in the USA.  Occupational and Environmental Medicine by Clapp R, Hoppin P, and Kriebel D. 2006: 63: 367-368

Environmental and Occupational Causes of Cancer. A Review of Recent Scientific Literature. By Richard W. Clapp, Genevieve K. Howe, and Molly M. Jabobs. Prepared for the Cancer Working Group of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment. September, 2005.
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Pitfalls and Opportunities of Litigation-Generated Research, New Solutions, Volume 15, Number 3, pages 277-285, 2005 by Hoppin, P. and Clapp R.  IBM Employees v. IBM:

Improving Asthma Management by Addressing Environmental Triggers: Challenges and Opportunities for Delivery and Financing.  Asthma Regional Council of New England. Symposium Edition, December 6, 2004. Hoppin P and Donahue S.

Toxic Chemicals and Childhood Cancer:  A Review of the Evidence.  By Tami Gouveia-Bigeant and Joel Tickner with contributions from Richard Clapp.  Lowell Center for Sustainable Production.  May, 2003.
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