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Examples of Previous Host Site Applications

Please use these host site applications as an example for creating your own application. Please tailor your application to your organization's needs. The EEOP Intern Coordinator (Mansel Nelson) would be happy to discuss your possible internship projects and help you prepare a competitive proposal. Please review the criteria that will be used to evaluate the proposals.

Selection of the host sites is done by the ITEP staff based on the following criteria:

  • Project has a clear air quality focus.
  • Project has focus on working with tribes and supporting tribal issues.
  • There is a meaningful project with clear and relevant project goals.
  • Project application is clear and well written.
  • Project gives student experience that will develop marketable skills.
  • There is enough work outlined for the 9 weeks.
  • The project creates natural setting in which mentoring could occur.
  • Project has natural link to collaboration with ITEP/EEOP.



Proposal #1

Project Description:
The purpose of the proposed project is to improve air quality in a tribal community in Alaska. The project involves learning about PM10 road dust issues and mitigation strategies. This includes the health aspect of PM10 pollution, sampling methodologies and protocols, data analysis and reporting, issues surrounding the various dust suppressants from toxicity to application requirements, preferential soil types and potential non chemical mitigation strategies.

Objectives:
The main goals are to learn about PM10 road dust issues and mitigation strategies. This includes the health aspect of PM10 pollution, sampling methodologies and protocols, data analysis and reporting, issues surrounding the various dust suppressants from toxicity to application requirements, preferential soil types and potential non chemical mitigation strategies.

  • Reduce dust in the village due to unpaved roads.
  • Document procedures and data so they can be shared with other villages.
  • Coordinate with state and federal agencies to conduct testing and collect data.

Specific Tasks and Expected Outcomes:

  • Learn about PM10 health issues
  • Learn about PM10 levels
  • Develop site specific outreach
  • Learn PM10 sampling technique to be able to train operators
  • Travel to communities to set-up equipment and train site operators
  • Calibrate equipment
  • Provide technical assistant to site operators
  • Travel to conduct monthly flow check, troubleshooting and repair
  • Analyze data and write report
  • Research available dust palliative and write short analysis
  • Research non chemical mitigation alternatives
  • Present data to tribe

List any special skills required:

Intern will be operating Particle Counters and other air sampling equipment.
Good communications skills.
Computer skills including Excel spreadsheets

Background:
Many of our Tribal communities have exceedances of the PM10 NAAQS several times a year during the spring and summer due to road dust. The State, EPA and the Tribes are working cooperatively on education and outreach, sampling and dust mitigation strategies. The State Legislature has made funding available for the development and testing of practical "village" based palliative sprayers, which can also be used for applying water only. The sprayers can be placed on a regular pick-up truck or on a trailer to be pulled by an All-terrain-Vehicle. The goal of the project is to document a comparison of pre and post application PM10 levels to give the Tribe a tool for determining the most appropriate dust mitigation.





Proposal #2

Project Description:
The tribal green building codes project entails outreach and education on green building codes and conducting a regional inventory of building codes adopted by federally recognized tribes in Arizona, California and Nevada. The purpose for the outreach and education of green building codes stems from the opportunity that building codes provide to improve building practices. For example, when green building codes are used they facilitate the reduction in the environmental and human health impacts of the built environment, such as excessive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and poor indoor air quality.
Objectives:
Objectives to be achieved by the intern are:

  • Develop a general understanding of:
    Federal and tribal housing policies;
    Common building practices and their impacts on human health and the environment with a special emphasis on indoor air quality and greenhouse gas emissions;
    Green building practices, and how they reduce the impacts on human health and the environment with a special emphasis on indoor air quality and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Create a spreadsheet for collecting data on the types of building codes that tribes have most recently adopted.
  • Contact between tribes to get information about the types of building codes they have adopted, and also to determine whether the tribes are interested in pursuing the adoption of newer, greener building codes.
  • Consolidate the data collected from tribes regarding their building codes, then work with U.S. EPA staff to analyze the data and generate reports and charts.

Specific Tasks and Expected Outcomes:
Throughout the 9-week internship the intern will conduct independent research to develop a general understanding of:

  • Federal and tribal housing policies;
  • Building practices and their impacts on human health and the environment with a special emphasis on indoor air quality and greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Green building practices, and how they reduce impacts on human health and the environment with a special emphasis on indoor air quality and greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Building codes.

The intern and EPA staff will develop an appropriate list of questions to ask Tribal Housing Authority (THA) staff about the housing aspirations of their community in regards to healthy homes, i.e., green building practices, healthy indoor air quality, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing energy and water consumption, and building codes. As an U.S. EPA intern, the student will correspond with tribal representatives on a weekly basis to learn which building codes the tribe has adopted, and whether the tribe is pursuing, or interested in pursuing building codes and, or practices that reduce environmental impacts and improve healthy living conditions.

List any special skills required:

Highly organized, strong research skills, and ability to initiate a conversation with strangers over the telephone.

Background: The position is in a USEPA Regional office. There are over 30 tribal nations in the region that have tribal housing offices. There has been an emphasis in our region of improving air quality in homes through more effective building practices. The intern would be one of three interns working on projects in the office.




Proposal #3

Project Description:
The internship projects involve air quality education and outreach in tribal communities, as well as being involved in air monitoring activities. The intern will help design and implement a summer programs for tribal youth that focuses on air quality and climate change, including renewable energy.

Objectives:

  • Produce presentations and outreach materials for youth
  • Produce presentations and outreach materials for adults
  • Learn about FARR smoke management and burn permitting
  • Gain experience related to operating an ambient air monitoring network

Specific Tasks and Expected Outcomes:
Outreach and Education to Youth

  • Develop and present air quality lesson plans and hands-on activities for summer school programs: three programs for elementary students, two programs for middle school students and one program for high school students.
  • Develop and present air quality presentations and hands-on activities for two summer camps.
  • Develop and present an air quality presentation and hands-on activity for the local Boys and Girls Club.

Outreach and Education to Adults

  • Design a display board about an air quality topic and participate in two, community events. Interactive displays about energy efficiency and home weatherization will be available to the intern.
  • Host a "brown bag lunch" discussion. Present an air quality topic to tribal employees and the public. Develop a survey and distribute handouts to accompany the presentation.
  • Write and submit one article about an air quality topic to the Tribal newspaper.
  • Assist staff in planning and preparation for meetings, outreach events, and classes. Classes include non-toxic cleaning, home food preservation (canning and drying), composting, and recycling.
  • Attend FARR smoke management and meteorological trainings and meetings.
  • Assist staff with PM2.5 samplers and meteorological network, and the wet deposition mercury monitor.
  • Attend environmental education trainings such as Project Learning Tree.

List any special skills required:

Intern needs to be comfortable making presentations for both adults and children.
Intern needs a solid science background.
Previous experience conducting workshops is preferred.

Background:
The mission of the Air Quality office is to develop a long-term air program strategy to improve and/or maintain air quality on the Reservation. The tribe has a strong air management program with 3 full time staff. One of the staff is responsible for community education and outreach. The Tribe operates a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delegated burn permit program within the exterior boundaries of the 1863 Reservation pursuant to the EPA Federal Air Rules for Reservations (FARR). The FARR protects human health and the environment through the administration of agricultural, open, and forestry burn permitting. EPA retains enforcement authority of the rules.




Contacts: Mansel Nelson, EEOP Program Coordinator, Mansel.Nelson@nau.edu, Phone: 928/523-1275.



Environmental Education Outreach Program
PO Box 5768 * Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5768
Phone: 928/523-1275 * Fax: 928/523-1280 * email: eeop@nau.edu

Last updated: November 4, 2013

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