Sustainable Resources Center, Inc.
1081 Tenth Avenue S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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LINKS OF INTEREST

Healthy Housing 

www.centerforhealthyhousing.org National Center for Healthy Housing whose mission is to develop and promote practical methods to protect children from environmental health hazards in their homes while preserving affordable housing.

www.dehs.umn.edu The University of Minnesota page, look left to Indoor Air Quality, scroll to Home Indoor Air: a comprehensive collection of web resources on residential indoor air quality developed and maintained in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Health, the American Lung Association of Minnesota, the Indoor air Quality Coordinators, the University fo Minnesota Extension Service and the University fo Minnesota Department of Environmental Health and Safety. Website focuses upon the identification of air pollutants, their health effects, and their sources as well as the prevention, investigation, and correction of indoor air qualtiy concerns in houses.

www.aaaai.org American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology offers a variety of resources for those with allergies including pollen counts, smoke free environment, medication information and the latest research news.

www.healthhouse.org The American Lung Association Health House® program is a reliable resource for consumers and builders wanting to learn how to build and maintain healthier homes. Located in St. Paul, MN (877) 521-1491

www.alamn.org The mission of the American Lung Association is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. This site includes information about asthma, allergy, smoking cessation. 1-800-LUNGUSA to find your Local Lung Association.

www.aafa.org Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America - More than 50 million Americans have allergies and 20 million have asthma. This site provides information to help with education, advocacy, research, publications, chapters, support groups and more. (202)466-7643

www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. - www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en - As the Canadian version of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, CMHC provides a diverse selection of housing related information. Of particular interest is the Farewell to Cockroaches Guide, www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/burema/gesein/faroach/faroach_002.cfm, a publication on preventing, controlling, and eliminating cockroaches in the home. This is an important resource for asthmatics, as roaches are a significant asthma trigger.

www.niaid.nih.gov The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. For more than 50 years, NIAID research has led to new therapies, vaccines, diagnostic tests, and other technologies that have improved the health of millions of people in the United States and around the world. The scope of the NIAID research portfolio has expanded considerably in recent years in response to new challenges such as the increase in asthma prevalence among children in this country.

www.nextstep.state.mn.us This site has been designed to provide Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network (MnSCN) members and others with information, access to resources, opportunities for networking, and inspiration on the topic of sustainable communities. NextStep site users have the ability to post information and resources on the site as well as to access the resources and information posted on the site.

www.cdc.gov/node.do/id/0900f3ec8000e044 Center of Disease Control and Prevention web site for a variety of Healthy Home topics including asthma, pesticides, air quality, lead and water quality. www.cehrc.org The Community Environmental Health Resource Center (CEHRC) is a project of the Alliance in collaboration with community leaders from across the country. CEHRC helps community organizations identify health hazards in homes and document substandard conditions to achieve changes in policies and practice in high-risk communities.

www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/air Minnesota Department of Health, Indoor Air Quality topics such as radon, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, mold and moisture and VOCs.

www.smokefreecoalition.org The Minnesota Smoke-Free Coalition was established in 1984 to reduce tobacco use in Minnesota. Their goals are to prevent children from beginning a lifelong addiction to tobacco, to help those who want to quit smoking and to protect non-smokers from exposure to secondhand smoke.

www.tofteproject.info The key to designing a sustainable dwelling lies in the unique connection between the inhabitant, the land, all who have lived on the site, and all who will be impacted by its construction and existence. This immersive tour will allow you to discover the principles of sustainable architecture through exploration of the cabin's design and construction, as well as take an in-depth look at its natural surroundings. This site echos the theme of house as a system, including the people who live there.

www.clues.org CLUES is Minnesota’s premier Latino social and behavioral health services provider. Now ranked among the top 25 Hispanic nonprofits in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine, CLUES has served Minnesota’s Latino community for over 24 years. CLUES provides a continuum of five core services: Mental Health, Chemical Health, Education, Employment and Elder Wellness. CLUES has offices in both St. Paul and Minneapolis. In 2003, CLUES provided services to over 18,500 clients visits. All services were provided in Spanish and English, and were culturally appropriate for Latinos. CLUES is designed to accommodate the diverse needs of Minnesota’s Latino community.

www.puc-mn.org Pillsbury United Communities is a community-based, venture orientated non-profit agency that traces its roots to Minneapolis' Bethel Settlement, one of 400 settlement houses established between 1889 and 1910 across the nation to improve living conditions in city slums. Their purpose is to help people out of poverty through developing strong relationships with individuals and their families. The foundation of our work originates with engaging and merging multiple constituencies: neighborhood residents, sister agencies, government bureaucracies, funding sources and anyone else who is interested in the health and viability of our communities. Pillsbury United Commuities' Waite House location has been one of SRC's strongest supporters and partners for many years. It was at this site that SRC provided it's first community blood lead testing clinic in 2002.

www.fhfund.org The Kids Mobility Project is a report listed under Educational Materials. This study links student family mobility to poor attendance, poor performance in school. It looks at housing as one of the factors for mobility.

www.mncenter.org The cost of environmental hazards to Minnesota health care for children is located in Public Health, Public Health News, date July 3, 2006.

www.cdc.gov/nceh/airpollution Scroll down to Mold, click and see National Center for Environmental Health fact sheet about mold in our environment. The fact sheet is also provided in Spanish.

www.lungusa.org American Lung Association's mission is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. The American Lung Association® is the oldest voluntary health organization in the United States, with a National Office and constituent and affiliate associations around the country. This is the national web site.

www.stpaulneat.org NEAT is an INDEPENDENT, citywide, umbrella organization. NEAT members are parents, parent organizations and community members concerned about public education in Saint Paul. NEAT strengthens, engages & empowers parents and community members to support public education in Saint Paul. This happens by helping people connect with each other and our schools, neighborhoods, district and community. It happens by helping parents tap into local resources to support learning at home. It happens by helping people ask questions and find solutions to the challenges we face in supporting our schools.

www.scorecard.org Scorecard is a web site that contains data on environmental pollution and hazards including lead by County. You put your zipcode in and search for your area.

www.afhh.org The Alliance for Healthy Homes was founded in 1990 as the Alliance To End Childhood Lead Poisoning. Their name change in July of 2003 reflects the expansion of their work on lead poisoning prevention to address other housing-related health hazards. The Alliance’s Board of Directors voted in June 2001 to embed our core work on lead poisoning in a broader healthy homes and communities agenda and to provide more proactive support to community-based and local advocacy organizations. (202)543-1147

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/wound-care-10/preventing-common-home-injuries - Home Safety: Preventing Burns, Cuts, and More

Lead Poisoning and Children's Health

www.westsidechs.org The mission of West Side Community Health Services is to improve the health of the community by providing comprehensive primary care, education, and advocacy for those who are experiencing cultural, economic, and other barriers to health care. La Clinica en Lake is an important staple in the lives of many Latino families in Minneapolis. SRC and La Clinica work hand in hand to protect children from lead poisoning. All services at La Clinica are offered in English and Spanish. The practitioners at this specialized clinic are not only bi-lingual but also bi-cultural so they understand the cultural aspects of providing comprehensive health care.

www.mnfathers.org Check out this great link for resources for fathers! The Minnesota Fathers & Families Network (MFFN) is dedicated to initiating and promoting effective programs and educating on public policy to enhance the responsible involvement of fathers in the lives of children, families and the community. MFFN is building the profession of fatherhood practitioners and other family support service providers, increasing public awareness of fatherhood involvement, and strengthening Minnesota’s families through the increased involvement of fathers in the lives of children.

www.nhsa.org On the left side click Programs, move to the right to Child Health Development then move to Environmental Health and click. Head Start Environmental Links page, includes links for lead poisoning and pesticides.

www.hud.gov/offices/lead/index.cfm US Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Healthy Homes. In 1991, Congress turned its attention to growing concerns about childhood lead poisoning. With the enactment of The Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992. As a part of the Act, in 1991, the Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control was established by HUD in order to bring together health and housing professionals in a concerted effort to eliminate lead-based paint hazards in America's privately-owned and low-income housing. The OHHLC is unique among federal agencies dealing with lead-hazards, as the Office is staffed to bring lead health science to bear directly upon America's housing. This is their web site.

www.epa.gov/lead This site provides information about lead, lead hazards, and provides some simple steps to protect your family. For basic information start with the links provided. You can also order materials or speak to an information specialist by contacting The National Lead Information Center (NLIC) at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323).

www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/lead Minnesota Department of Health Lead Program 651.201.4610

Guide to Kids' Health and Safety An information and visual guide about children's health, including common school illnesses, personal hygiene, food allergies, and concussions. 

https://www.petitfashion.com/recycling/ The Ultimate Guide to Sustainability and Recycling for Kids

http://www.claricode.com/content/Medical-and-Health-Games-For-Kids.aspx  A fun way to learn about the human body and how to be healthy.  This website provides interactive games for easy learning.

Weatherization

www.capsh.org Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin is a community action agency working in all of suburban Hennepin County to improve the lives of low-income people. They offer services to individuals through outreach, energy assistance programs, home ownership services, planning and development and financial counseling. Energy Assistance qualification automatically qualifies a family for SRC's Weatherization Program. (952)930-3541.

www.srcefficiencylab.tumblr.com Innovative high-efficiency combination heating system lab progress

www.fresh-energy.org Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ME3)is now Fresh Energy. This is a nonprofit organization leading the transition to a clean, efficient, and fair energy system. ME3 uses a combination of strategies to ensure significant and sustained progress toward a clean energy future. First, ME3 is working for a phased-in adoption of clean energy technologies and the retirement of the inefficient, dirty technologies of the past. Second, ME3 encourages behavior changes that support clean technologies and the efficient use of our energy resources. And third, ME3 pushes for policy reforms to change the economic factors that drive energy decisions and investments. Throughout all of our work, ME3 acts to empower citizens to influence decisions on energy and the environment. (651)225-0878

www.the-mrea.org The Midwest Renewable Energy Association is a nonprofit network for sharing ideas, resources, and information with individuals, businesses, and communities to promote a sustainable future through renewable energy and energy efficiency. (715)592-6595

www.commerce.state.mn.us Minnesota Department of Commerce, click on Heating Assistance to find out if you are eligibile for Energy Assistance, Weatherization, to find your local provider and to see the Cold Weather Rule. Click on Energy Info Center to learn about ice dams and other housing issues.

www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/air/ Minnesota Department of Health, Indoor Air Quality topics.